Rebstar

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Rebstar
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Rebstar
Background information
Birth name Rebin Shah
Born (1988-10-04) October 4, 1988 (age 26)
Malmö, Sweden
Genres R&B, hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, Entrepreneur
Instruments Vocals, keyboards, sampler
Years active 2008–present
Labels Today Is Vintage
Associated acts Trey Songz, Drake, The Weeknd, Ray J
Website www.todayisvintage.se

Rebin Shah (born 4 October 1988) better known by his stage name Rebstar, is a Swedish recording artist and entrepreneur. He is also the co-founder and serves as the CEO of record label Today Is Vintage.

Early life[edit]

Rebin Shah was born in Malmö, Sweden on October 4, 1988. He is the only child of a Persian mother and a Kurdish father. He found his love for hip hop at an early age, having mentioned Fresh Prince and Redman as his early influences. He grew up in the infamous district Rosengård until his late teens.[1] Rebstar was introduced to the English language that would fuel his songwriting at an early age. His mother insisted he enroll in an international elementary school that taught English, hoping that it would afford him more opportunities in the future. Upon graduation from high school, he moved to the UK to study Law at the University of Aberdeen. However he is known to have dropped out and moved back to Sweden to pursue music full-time.[2]

Music career[edit]

In late 2008 Rebstar released his debut single "Without You". The song is produced by Canadian T-Minus and features Trey Songz.[3] "Without You" quickly became a hit and was the 3rd most requested song on Swedish radio. The success of the single led to Trey Songz coming to Sweden for a promotional tour with Rebstar in December 2008.[4] A music video for the song was released in January, 2009, directed by Manuel Concha.[5] "Without You" has garnered airplay on MTV outlets in over 10 countries worldwide, including Finland, France, UAE, Netherlands and New Zealand.

In October 2009, the song "Drive" leaked which is rumored to be a featured cut from the upcoming Need for Speed: Burnout soundtrack.[6]

In December 2009, during an interview with Craig David on Kiss 100, he mentioned that he has collaborated with Rebstar for an upcoming project. Whether or not these songs will be on Craig David or Rebstar's album remain unclear.

Rebstar's debut mixtape Arrival was released on his birthday, October 4, 2010. It features production by Boi-1da, T-Minus, REO, DJ Pain 1.[7]

A follow-up mixtape entitled Arrival 2.0 was released on May 3, 2011.[8]

In July 2011 a song by Rebstar entitled "Good Life" featuring Drake & Rock City was leaked and surfaced on multiple blogs.[9] The song is produced by Canadian producers Boi-1da and T-Minus. Rebstar commented on his Twitter that it was a premature leak and encouraging fans not to download it. In September 2011, Swedish pop singer Eddie Razaz announced he has commissioned Rebstar as a songwriter for the singer's debut album.[10] As of October 2011 Rebstar announced plans to release his upcoming project titled "Bad Karma". The first offering is Falling which was released online October 3, 2011.

March 2012 he released the mixtape Bad Karma with promotional support from The Piratebay, Spotify and Mediafire. Bad Karma has reached over 150 000 downloads since its release. The mixtape features production mainly by DJ Pain 1 and additional production by Kid Klassic and Madison.

Rebstar is known for being one of few independent artists from Sweden gaining international exposure.[11] Additionally, Rebstar has also been songwriting for various R&B and pop artists[12] as well as serving as the chairman for non-profit music organization Vintage Initiativet[13]

Rebstar is currently finalizing his upcoming project "Girls Like Nicole" slated for a mid-2014 release.

On May 14 2014 the first offering was leaked entitled "Safe Safe" from his upcoming debut album Girls Like Nicole.[14]

2fresh Records and Today Is Vintage[edit]

2fresh was a Swedish music publishing and independent record label founded by Rebstar.

2fresh was established in 2008 with the intent of self-publishing and releasing material by its founder, Rebstar.[15] The label had been prominent since its inception for its strong international ties with major-label artists and producers.[16][17] The label was also known for signing Swedish producer and artist Leslie Tay, who went on to win a Grammis award for his production on Adam Tensta album It's A Tensta Thing.[18]

2fresh also served as the label for Rebstar's music and has released singles in collaboration with acts such as Trey Songz,[19] Ray J,[20] Boi-1da[21] and more. The label was commemorated for being the first Swedish independent label to collaborate with American urban major-label artists.[22]

In June 2010, an announcement was made that there will be drastic roster changes within the label.[23] Consequently, the departure of all its artists with the exception of Rebstar was made official. Most recently, Swedish rapper Eurokid announced on Swedish television TV4 that he had signed with 2fresh.[24][25]

Autumn 2011, Rebstar announced the founding of a new label Today Is Vintage, and has not mentioned 2fresh Records since. Although never officially announced, 2fresh Records is assumed to be defunct.

After disbanding 2fresh Records, Rebstar co-founded entertainment company Today Is Vintage in 2011. The initial artist roster of Vintage was not known, however it was widely rumored that Swedish artist Eurokid followed Rebstar to the new label. Producer's DJ Pain 1 and Madison are reported to be in-house producers at Vintage.[26]

As of 2014, the current roster of Today Is Vintage consists of Rebstar, Kállay Saunders, Saint and in-house producer Madison.

Business ventures[edit]

Rebstar is known to own several establishments in Sweden, including a translation agency, a B2B catering firm as well as a recording studio in central Malmö. He also serves as the CEO of record label Today Is Vintage.[27]

Discography[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

  • Arrival (2010)
  • Arrival 2.0 (2011)
  • Bad Karma (2012)

Album[edit]

Girls Like Nicole (TBD)

Singles[edit]

Collaborations[edit]

  • “See Me, Hear Me, Feel Me, Touch Me” by Gravitonas feat. Rebstar (2012)
  • “Break Me Up” by Gravitonas feat. Rebstar (2012)
  • "Tonight" by Kállay Saunders feat. Rebstar (2012)
  • "Play My Song" by Kállay Saunders feat. Rebstar (2013)
  • “For Life” by Saint feat. Rebstar (2014)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Rosengård#Notable people
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ http://www.mynewsdesk.com/se/pressroom/warnermusic/pressrelease/view/trey-songz-foersta-sverigebesoek-243167
  5. ^ [3]
  6. ^ [4]
  7. ^ [5]
  8. ^ http://www.freeonsmash.com/news/2011/05/03/rebstar-rebstars-arrival-2-0-mixtape/
  9. ^ http://www.dubcnn.com/media/audio/rebstar-drake-rockcity-goodlife/
  10. ^ http://www.scandipop.co.uk/?p=6926
  11. ^ http://www.yoraps.com/next2blow1.php?subaction=showfull&id=1291027647&archive=&start_from=&ucat=4
  12. ^ [6]
  13. ^ [7]
  14. ^ http://www.kingsizemagazine.se/nyheter/rebstar-hyllar-zlatan-och-rosengard-i-nya-laten-safe-safe/
  15. ^ Arbsjö, Karin (2010-02-08). "Stjärna på kärlekstrubbel". Sydsvenskan. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  16. ^ http://thekonclusion.com/2010/05/swedens-best-kept-secret-rebstar-supported-by-trey-songz-others/
  17. ^ "Rebstar ft. Trey Songz - Without You". Newsdesk.com. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  18. ^ http://www.grammis.se/?page=105
  19. ^ [8]
  20. ^ [9]
  21. ^ [10]
  22. ^ http://www.mynewsdesk.com/se/pressroom/warnermusic/pressrelease/view/trey-songz-foersta-sverigebesoek-243167
  23. ^ http://www.credxtra.com/cred%20main%2018.htm
  24. ^ http://www.sydsvenskan.se/kultur-och-nojen/article883966/Maxat-med-tonarskanslor.html
  25. ^ http://www.tv4play.se/nyheter_och_debatt/nyheterna_uppsala?title=hamid_elamin_det_kanns_bra&videoid=1009023
  26. ^ http://www.kingsizemagazine.se/News.aspx?ArtNo=20915
  27. ^ http://www.sydsvenskan.se/kultur-och-nojen/article627491/En-sann-drommare.html

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