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Absent was born a Gemini on May 26th in the land of 10,000 lakes. His love for hip hop began at an early age. By high school, he was freestyling over the instrumentals of his favorite classics. By college, he was frequenting ciphers, rocking house parties and getting his first taste of the battle scene. However, after dropping out of college in 2002, his music was put on the back burner.
Like most people, Absent has suffered losses and overcome many obstacles throughout his lifetime. In July of 2005 he entered a rehabilitation program for drug and alcohol abuse. Shortly after getting his first glimpse of sobriety, he made a decision to pursue his dream of being a successful hip hop artist.
In the fall of 2006, Absent began work on his first project. The 8 song EP entitled "The Birth of a Legend", quickly created a buzz throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs. Absent's momentum barreled all the way through 2008 with the release of a mixtape entitled "Urban Adventure Vol 1" which featured him on every song. In January of 2008, Absent recieved an award for being the "Twin Cities Best White Rapper" at the 2nd annual TC Hip Hop Awards. By the end of the year, he had joined forces with a prominent Minnesota indie label called SP Style and continued work on his 1<sup>st</sup> full length solo album. In the Spring of 2008 Absent was a featured SP Style Spring Break artist and performed live shows in sunny Mazatlan, Mexico.
May of 2009 welcomed the release of Absent's freshman album, "Love 2 Hate Me" which kicked off with a sold out release party at the legendary First Avenue 7<sup>th</sup> st Entry in downtown Minneapolis. The album was executive produced by DJ D.Mil and featured national recording artists Royce Da 5'9'' (Shady Records), Lil Flip (Clover G Records), and the SP Style All-Stars. From June of 2010 all the way through June of 2011, Absent was featured on several regional tours with the likes of platinum selling artist Lil Flip, and independent powerhouses Stevie Stone (Strange Music), Hopsin (Ruthless Records), Skatterman (formerly of Strange Music), and more. In March of 2011, Sp Style released a Coast2Coast Mixtape featuring Absent and the rest of the SP Style All-Stars which received over 200,000 downloads and impressions on the world wide web.
Absent is currently touring regionally with upcoming concert dates in Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska. He is also preparing to release his 2<sup>nd</sup> full length solo project entitled “Amber Alert” in the fall of 2011. The album features national vocal support from Royce Da 5’9’’, Glasses Malone, Slaine, Stevie Stone, Skatterman, Phil the Agony, Mr. Gene Poole, and the Sp Style All-Stars. With production from DJ D.Mil, J.Cardim, Lawst, and more. A portion of the proceeds from this project will be donated to a local missing children’s fund.
This talented, humble artist writes all of his own lyrics and is known by his peers to be an extremely driven, motivated and ambitious emcee. In just a short period of time, Absent has overcome adversity and established himself as one of the Midwest regions elite emcees.
*Over the course of his ongoing career, Absent has performed live with the likes of Ice-T, Royce Da 5’9’’, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Talib Kweli, Obie Trice, D12, Too $hort, Twista, Tech N9ne, Do or Die, Yukmouth, Luniz, Chamillionaire, Joell Ortiz, Saigon, Lil Flip, Immortal Technique, Haystack, Stevie Stone, Skatterman, Snug Brim, Eydea and Abilities, Rehab, Lil Eazy-E, Bonecrusher, Lil Scrappy, Mims, and more.
*Easy to find on the web: Twitter @absentraps, Facebook/absentraps, absentraps.com, spstyle.com and make sure to check out the “absentraps” channel on Youtube.