MBNel drops powerful new single ‘Fadeaway’

Release during suicide prevention awareness month in the states – the track is dedicated to a fan who tragically took her life – with proceeds being donated to a mental health facility that specializes in suicide prevention.

Previous tracks have gained support from Lyrical Lemonade and Hypebeast.

‘Fadeaway’ sees the rapper break from his usual hip hop bars, as he delivers a stripped back vocal track.

Filipino-American rap talent MBNel has released his brand-new single ‘Fadeaway’, out 16th September on EMPIRE.

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A tribute to a fan MBNel who later tragically took her life, ‘Fadeaway’ depression and suicide with melody alongside a melancholy piano and guitar in the studio. “As I was growing up, even with family and other friends, I’ve seen people deal with depression,” MBNel explains.

“This song is really dedicated to that. It is more vulnerable and something completely different from what I have done before.”

Produced by Devesh Dayal, Jemm and ETrizzle and co-written with platinum singer-songwriter CVBZ, this is a very different record sonically for MBNel, as it showcases his ability to sing. This record also includes a video that was shot as a live performance. At the end of the video, a number is provided to a suicide hotline for those in need. Coincidentally, this song is released during the month of September which is suicide prevention awareness month. Half the proceeds from the single will be donated to a mental health facility that specializes in suicide prevention.

“I’m not afraid to delve deeper than what’s on the surface,” MBNel adds. “I make music like a journal.” From South Stockton’s 8th Street, Nel’s accounts of life can be grim. He achieved millions of streams through rapping about navigating the codes of the streets in the Northern California city, his Filipino-American upbringing, and trying to make a way through music. However, the 25-year-old is challenging himself and his sound. Songs like the 2021’s ‘Opulent’, ‘Shooting Stars’ and ‘Manifested’ have been close to the heart while demonstrating depth and range that transcends rap music. Those three tracks – each amassing 2 million streams or better – have showcased Nel’s melodic delivery, honest songwriting, and ability to uplift audiences around the globe. “I’ve been experimenting with a whole bunch of different sounds,” he shares as he continues to amplify and expand a self-made career with a series of dynamic singles in the upcoming months.

In 2022, MBNel seeks self-expression instead of just another album. Focusing on singles, he says, “it allows me to showcase each song. Whereas a project, sometimes the songs I mess with can get lost or skipped.” MBNel is raising the stakes with care and patience. With versatility in his content and delivery, MBNel is flaunting the depth of his story and talent.

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