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      IT’S EASY TO RELATE TO SOMEONE WHO HAS SHARED THE SAME EXPERIENCES AND ENDEAVORED THE SAME STRUGGLES OF SOCIETIES MISFITS AND OUTCASTS. ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU YOURSELF HAVE A STORY THAT BURROWS DEEP IN EMOTIONS THROUGHOUT DARKER CHAPTERS OF YOUR LIFE. BURDEN, OFTEN REFERS TO HIMSELF AND HIS LISTENER... read more
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      IT’S EASY TO RELATE TO SOMEONE WHO HAS SHARED THE SAME EXPERIENCES AND ENDEAVORED THE SAME STRUGGLES OF SOCIETIES MISFITS AND OUTCASTS. ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU YOURSELF HAVE A STORY THAT BURROWS DEEP IN EMOTIONS THROUGHOUT DARKER CHAPTERS OF YOUR LIFE. BURDEN, OFTEN REFERS TO HIMSELF AND HIS LISTENERS AS “THE UNDERDOGS”, MEANING THE LESS FORTUNATE, THE MISUNDERSTOOD, AND THE MORE CORRUPTED. HE DEMONSTRATES PRIDE IN THESE FEATURES WITH HIS FILTERLESS HONESTY IN WHICH HAS BEEN KNOWN TO GET HIM INTO TROUBLE EVERY NOW AND AGAIN. BUT THAT MIGHT BE JUST THE THING THAT MAKES HIM STAND OUT EVEN MORE AS AN ARTIST.

      BORN KENNETH BARTELS IN AKRON, OHIO, BURDEN HAD SEEN HIS FATHER ONLY A FEW TIMES HE CAN RECALL BEFORE HIS MOTHER NEEDING TO REHABILITATE HERSELF FROM HARD DRUG USE TOOK HIM AND HIS SISTER JESSICA TO TAMPA, FLORIDA WHEN HE WAS AROUND THE AGE OF 5. WHERE THEY WOULD THEN BEGIN A NEW LIFE.

      “I feel like all of it was for a reason. You have to understand there is no good without bad. I believe firmly in blessings whether they are bold and obvious or covered in disguise It’s funny but this damn Joe Dirt line sticks with me. he says; “you just gotta keep on keepin on man”. And that’s something I try to demonstrate, drive,” says Burden.


      In Tampa the family of 3 would spend the next decade moving from place to place, transferring schools, and not falling claim to very many material things. Burden’s mother had different boyfriends throughout his childhood who he would have liked to look up to as a father figure but none of them ever stuck around more than 6 months to a year at a time. When he was in 3rd grade Burden was placed in a class for emotionally disturbed children and was taken out of the schools mainstream population. He stayed in this class until high school being picked on and made fun of because most of the emotionally disturbed students in his class were also emotionally handicapped. So where does Burden fit in? "It was actually this exact reason that I felt so different. I listened to Eminem almost religiously and decided that I wanted to write rap songs about my f***ed up life too. And thats when I began expressing myself through music when I was in middle school,” Burden says while rolling a joint. Eventually he dropped out and started hustling drugs. He says it was mainly just marijuanna but when there was opportunity in other fields he would do what he had to in order to make his money flip.

      At the age of 15, Burden got arrested and charged with 3 felonies where juvenile probation would soon follow. Not being able to afford the probation payments and being too hard-headed to cooperate with the rules and terms he soon found himself in a level 6 medium security juvenile program for about a year. It was in this time Burden really began molding his craft and finding himself as a songwriter. When he was released he managed to stay out of trouble for a couple of years and started finally recording records on a home studio with a producer who went by Rizzle Productions, who helped mentor the young artist as much as he could. “Man we probably recorded easily 50 to 100 songs right there in that little room. That’s where I learned the ropes of recording, producing, and audio engineering,” Burden says.

      Just a few months before turning 18, Burden moved away from the Bay area and into a lightly populated, more “backwoods” is a word he used type of area, Citrus County on the outskirts of Ocala. It was here that he began his fan base. Burden actually went back to school for about 9 months becoming very popular as the “rapper kid”, burning CDs at home and selling them in class for $5. Not to mention he made a song for the schools basketball team that was played at all the games and even on the morning show. But when his aunt kicked him out he had no choice but to drop back out. “I didn’t have clean clothes, or a steady place to sleep, I would become like a …. lingerer at my friends houses and try to crash on someones couch or even floor.” But a lot of the times he got the awkward no. “Everyone’s parents thought I was a bad influence on their children, so I had to like sneak in and out of windows and hide all of the time, or run out the back door into the woods and sh**.”

      After an extensive period of time being broke and hungry, Burden finally had some good luck and began making some good money hustling. this went on for about a year until one tragic night. “Me and Austin were just chillin in the studio room, smokin, listening to music, and we started f***ing around with a loaded shotgun and it went off”. Burden spoke just slightly of an even where a close friend of his died in Burden’s home to a fatal shotgun wound. He was later accused of manslaughter and charged, where the state threatened him with 30 years in state penitentiary if he lost trial. Things were looking bad for the young MC as he had a public defender on his case to defend his life and freedom. Until he was blessed with someone that cared and could financially afford to pay for a very high end defense attorney. While out on bond he found himself deep into such depression that he would consume approximately 4 to 6 xanex bars 3 times a week along with too many bottles of whiskey to count. Meanwhile still finding it in him to throw shows locally and trying to continue his rap career. he even managed to get his mixtape “Once Upon A Grind” hosted by Southern Smoke's Dj Smallz. 11 months after he was arrested and charged, Burden signed a plea for 2 years in the department of corrections with no probation to follow.

      “Prison is what made me a man. It’s what taught me respect.” Burden states. While incarcerated the MC worked heavily with forming a plan for success. He did this with fellow artist, CNOTE352 who handled all of Burden’s outside situations. Helping keep Burden’s name alive by sharing music and posting things in regards to Burden almost everyday on social media sites and so on. But there were still others unmentioned who helped keep the name alive also. “I met J Trouble at the work camp and man we just had that chemistry of people who are ready to get out and make a difference through music. He’s a promoter/manager with Dawgman Entertainment. Older cat with so much knowledge of the game i could never get enough. Everyday we walked the track and discussed basically every single element of this entertainment business. That prepared me for what was to come.” Burden says with a smirk.

      Upon his highly anticipated release back to the world he once took for granted, Burden and his team “New Money Era” began the steps in what he called "the plan”. Putting together an album full of mixed emotions of love and hate, rags and riches, and stories of heart breaks and different lessons of life took 7 months to complete. With the name of RollingStoned you can expect something different. This album was more noticed for the rock-rap feel it had. “I call it rap-n-roll but it does have a rock feel to it with all the guitars and live drums,” he says.

      Since then he has been getting a lot of recognition mostly in different cities for his energy and delivery to go along with his captivating performance techniques. Burden has also recently released a buzzed about record called “Paranoid” feat Baton Rouge based rapper Kevin Gates who is on a ridiculously fast climb in his career. Doing shows with notable artists like Kevin Gates, T-pain, Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan, and more, Burden's name and fan base is growing more every singe day. He has also been noticed and respected by many big DJs and promoters for his hustle tactics for whatever he is pushing. “I’m out here with the street team at these events putting up posters, passing out flyers, handing out CDs, exchanging contacts and networking with these people. This is the only way to make it. Persistency. Action. A sleeper gets nothing but a dream.” Says the young MC.

      Knuckling down for his mainstream spotlight, Burden had already pieced together his 3rd mixtape which was named “My Own Worst NME”. With features from Lil White, JellyRoll, Kevin Gates, and more already under his belt he decided he wanted to give his fans a debut album. This was called "California Dreamin".

      “This project demonstrates growth I feel like because the music is more intricate than ever. So at this point I'm all gas and no brakes and i refuse to retreat." The determination of the artist is very apparent and by the looks and sounds of it Burden has what the world has been missing from hip-hop. “We've only scratched the surface,” says Burden. "And I'm ready for the pressure".

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