Kartel was born & raised in Suffolk, VA (Downtown Suffolk). Kartel has been involved with music since the age of 14 where he started off making beats for middle & high school friends. It wasn't until the age of 16 when Kartel decided to become a Recording Artist. Kartel is from a section of Downtown Suffolk known as "Downtown" (Mahan & Church St.) As a Producer, Kartel studied music & it's various sounds and always reached for perfection. While other local rappers where freestyling during lunchtime or by the library Kartel spent most of his time writing music & poetry. Music was something Kartel wasn't seeking to make a living from, it was just a form of escape from his reality of stress & family issue. Kartel was raised in a single parent home with 2 other sisters & moved at least every other year so it was even harder for him to adjust to any living conditions. His father was in prison before he turn 2 years old so basically he grew up without a father like many other kids in the neighborhood.
Kartel was introduced to recording around the age of 16. His 1st studio setup was in a bedroom & closet. He was introduced to Kid Grams by a relative who thought their sounds would match. Kartel & Grams recorded numerous freestyles, and original songs and had everybody asking about the duo. Downtown was officially buzzing in less than 2 years. The unique sound of the duo was incomparable. Kartel rap style was punchline filled whereas Kid Grams rap style was the story of a hustler. The duo took a break to focus more on solo projects & issues in their individual lives. Kartel enter the mixtape circuit the summer of 09' with the debut mixtape "Thanks 4 Nothing" releasing in . His versatility is radiant as he enter & exited the mixtape. The mixtape displayed his lyrical ability as well as his taste for good music & showed the area he didn't need any DJ's or Radio Personalities to co-sign for his talent. Many who followed his earlier career made mentions of his music & personal growth. Kartel showed his peers that he was a survivor of struggle and poverty. Kartel takes time to mentor to younger kids to be themselves and to also be a leader. He doesn't promote violence or degrade females in his music or everyday life & strongly encourage others to take the positive step. Early 2010 Kartel announced that he would be launching his own brand & label "Music Life Group" (MLG) which will feature and cater to upcoming artists who are destined for the big stage but haven't received the opportunity as others. Kartel is known as a Producer first then as a Artist. Kartel isn't as experienced in performing but I'm sure in due time his star will shine.