Some rappers rap about the streets and some call the streets their home. For TH1RT3EN, a rapper based from South Bronx is a former US Army soldier who went homeless after a series of unfortunate events. Today, the recording artist is using his music to share his story and to help those who struggle with homelessness as well.
TH1RT3EN’s style is reminiscent of Eminem, who was a significant influencer on the artist growing up. He intends to share his truth to the world and speak on significant pain points for many people who struggle and bring hope to those who dream of better days. The musician also gets rap inspiration from his other influences, including Big Pun, DMX, and Insane Clown Posse.
The rapper’s journey had its fair share of detours. After serving the country in the military, TH1RT3EN lost control over his trajectory and ended up on the street. He became one of the country’s homeless for an extended time. But the veteran overcame and found a way to overcome the challenges of homelessness. He worked hard to regain the confidence to get out of the streets and get into rap shows. It was at that point that TH1RT3EN started to devote time to working on his music seriously.
TH1RT3EN’s first musical break came around 2008 when he won a competition that would get him a collaboration with Manhattan rapper MIMS. TH1RT3EN became part of the song “Vroom Vroom,” which appeared on the superstar rapper’s album “Open Bars.” While working on the song, he also got direction and mentorship from super-producer Lex Luger. The group launched the album on December 4, 2011, under giant recording company American King Music.
From 2009 and 2012, the Bronx-based rapper poured his heart, soul, and resources into recording multiple tracks and released them on music streaming website ReverbNation. It was through his work there that the rapper crossed paths with Goomba Music, a full-service entertainment company that has developed musical stars like SOIL, Crowbar, Flotsam and Jetsam, Sinister, Nile, and many more. The music company offered TH1RT3EN his first recording contract.
In 2018, TH1RT3EN released his first album of the same name, which received massively positive remarks from rap fans all over. His song “Remember Me,” which chronicles his battles and trials as a homeless man on New York streets, has gathered over 200,000 views on YouTube as of late. As a way of extending help to brothers and sisters who deal with the bitter reality of homelessness, TH1RT3EN also pledged 20 percent of proceeds from album sales to help more and more people off the streets and back on their feet.
TH1RT3EN’s greatest passion in life is his music. He devotes his time to writing more songs that share his journey in life. He hopes people take his music as a way to heal from past hurts and find hope to endure and succeed in past trials.