|Birth name||Gilbere Forté|
|Born||Flint, Michigan, United StatesJuly 14, 1987 in|
|Origin||Philadelphia, PA (based in Los Angeles, CA)|
|Occupations||Recording artist, songwriter, record producer|
|Associated acts||Raak, Diplo, Active Child|
Early life, education, and career beginnings
Born in Flint, Michigan (later moving to Chicago, IL, then Philadelphia, PA) music has played an integral role in Gilbere’s life. Embracing his parents musical taste, by age 9 he was reciting lyrics from his favorite artists, which inevitably led to Gilbere penning his own songs by age 12. In 2000, songwriting gave way to production and an initial foray into beat-making with Fruity Loops and Reason. This continued through high-school and into college.
The inspiration to take music seriously led Gilbere to pursue a degree in Entrepreneurship & Business Management at Temple University, where he enrolled in the fall of 2006. As Gilbere progressed as a musician, he was took an internship at Studio 609 with award winning production duo Dre & Vidal. The experience and experimentation with Reason, Logic, and live instrumentation, presented a true opportunity for Gilbere to carve out his own sonic identity. In building his musical foundation he transitioned from producer to artist – teaming up with fellow Temple producer, Rakib “Raak” Uddin.
In 2010, Gilbere formalized his relationship with Raak. The two busily began preparing Gilbere’s debut, 87 Dreams. The release solidified Gilbere as a strong voice not to be ignored, and sparked a bidding war amongst many major labels. This critical acclaim, led to a slew of 2010 featured guest appearances, most notably, Stromae's "Alors on danse" remix also featuring Kanye West, the Yeasayer remix of Florence + The Machine's "Dog Days Are Over", and the Diplo and Switch-produced "Up All Night" by Alex Clare. As well as Chris Robinson-directed video for his breakout single "Black Chukkas". February 2011 saw a release of the much anticipated Don Cannon-produced/hosted EYES of VERITAS mixtape (featuring additional production from Boi-1da, Bink, Lex Luger, and Raak), Gilbere's popularity increased. The lead single "Born In '87" led to a slew of even bigger opportunities, most notably a feature spot in the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher and the FUSE TV Hip Hop Shop Cypher.
With a few international features under this belt, Gilbere spent some time in Paris collaborating and touring with French-record producer/DJ Bob Sinclar. He is featured on two tracks from Bob's latest album Disco Crash, "F*** With You" alongside Sophie Ellis-Bextor and "Around the World". While splitting time between Los Angeles and Philadelphia, Gilbere Forté prepared his next body of work. Appropriately on Halloween, he returned with the haunting Fiona Apple "Every Single Night"-sampled song and visual for the lead-single to his project, "Pray". The song also is plagurized from another Michigan Legendary emcee "Seven the General's Nick Speed produced "Nothing Compares" from Seven & Nick's "A.R.T. the DIA project". Seven the General's album was nominated for multiple Detroit Music Awards. Soon after, news of Gilbere's free agent status began to circulate throughout the music industry, and offers for record deals began to surface. The week following impressive showcases at SXSW, Gilbere announced via his Twitter that he signed a new deal with Epic Records. Crediting God, and the act of prayer for his renewed sense faith in life, music and himself, he release the aptly titled PRAY, on May 15, 2013. With a fall tour on the horizon, Gilbere has begun work on his as-yet-untitled major label debut album.
- 87 Dreams (2010)
- Eyes of Veritas (2011)
- PRAY (2013)
As featured artist
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"Alors on danse" (Remix)
(Stromae featuring Kanye West and Gilbere Forte)
|"F**k With You"
(Bob Sinclar featuring Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Gilbere Forte)
Complex Video Premiere: Gilbere Forté "PRAY" October 31, 2012
Complex 10 New Philly Rappers To Watch Out For March 6, 2012
The Hundreds Chronicles: Gilbere Forté November 7, 2011
BET.com Music Blog Asher Roth Performs at Hennessy Artistry Kick-Off in NYC w/Gilbere Forté & Maluca September 23, 2010
HypeTrak Stromae featuring Kanye West & Gilbere Forté’ – Alors On Danse (Remix) by Staff, 8/27/10
MTV Buzzworthy Blog Song You Need To Know: Florence + The Machine, Featuring Gilbere Forté, 'Dog Days Are Over (Yeasayer Remix)' By Chris Ryan, 9/29/10 Video You Need To Know: Gilbere Forté, Featuring Raak, 'Black Chukkas' by Chris Ryan, 8/3/10
NPR Music Nobody likes to be the last one to catch on to what’s next, Gilbere Forté' - 1st Floor by Staff July, 2010
Frequency Music Video Premiere: Gilbere Forté "1st Floor" by Gabrielle Bonghi, Leah R. Kauffman, 9/17/10
Pigeons and Planes Gilbere Forté – Dog Days Are Over (Yeasayer Remix) by confusion, 9/28/10
The Smoking Section Gilbere Forté’ – “Wake Up” by Gotty, 10/7/10 Gilbere Forté’ Feat. Freelance Whales – “1st Floor” Video by TC, 9/20/10 TSS Presents Fifteen Minutes With Gilbere Forté’ by TC, 9/2/10 Gilbere Forté’ – “I’m So Appalled” Video by TC, 9/1/10