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December 17, 2012  | by: Jasmina Cuevas

Gilbere Forte’s lyrical content is one that can never be exchanged, dismissed or confused for another.

Gilbere Forte was born in Flint, MI but bounced around to Chicago and then to Philadelphia. Very young in his life, music became an integrate factor in Forte’s day to day living. Growing up on the sounds of Isaac Hayes, Sade and Phil Collins, it was a quite a surprise that Forte began reciting rhymes from Tupac, Biggie and Outkast at the age of 9. But eventually the two genres would go hand and hand for Forte.

Reciting rhymes turned into his own lyrics placed on paper at the age of 12. A few years later, Forte turned his expertise of writing into a marriage of rhymes and beats when he learned how to create music with Fruity Loops and Reason.

Forte’s drive to learn and willingness to stand by his crafts, led him to Temple University in pursuit of a degree in Entrepreneurship & Business Management. But what he got was so much more than he expected. Forte found himself interning for Studio 609 and the production duo, Dre & Vidal. Forte’s previous experience in creating beats helped him move forward a lot quicker and make a name for himself sooner than later. So he teamed up with producer, Raak, and the two promptly got to work. Forte’s debut, 87 Dreams came to life and so did his hip-hop career.

Forte quickly became a hot commodity and he was featured on singles like  Stromae’s, “Alors on danse,” the remix featuring Kanye West and the Yeasayer remix of Florence + The Machine’s, “Dog Days Are Over.” Soon afterwards Forte’s second mixtape, EYES OF VERITAS (Don Cannon Hosted/Produced), was released and the calls from BET and FUSE TV started rolling in. Next thing Forte knew he was being offered a spot in the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher and the FUSE TV Hip-Hop Shop Cypher.

Forte Comes in at the 4:56 Mark

The uprising of Forte’s fame didn’t make him lose focus on what was most important and in the same year of releasing EYES OF VERITAS, Forte released his third mixtape, SOME DREAMS NEVER SLEEP. The mixtape featured highly requested artists like Pusha-T, Big K.R.I.T. Bun B and a few more. The mixtape also lead to touring for Forte and that in return granted listeners a closer look at the rapper’s irreplaceable gift. And it gave other rappers a true eye opener and they realized that Forte was just not one that you could turn your back on. Rappers knew right away that if they ever did, they were putting themselves in jeopardy of giving up their slot to Forte.

Now signed to Anigma Records, Forte has been jumping back and forth between LA, Paris and Philly putting in work for his career. In the midst of preparing for his upcoming short film, PRAY, due out in 2013, Forte has released the video for his single, “Pray,” and has put together the soundtrack for his short film.


Climbing to another level each time he creates something new, Forte has sincerely earned his growing success. His consistent dedication, growing lyrical intelligence and the comfortability with being his true self are attributes that many can’t figure out how to master.

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