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In 1999, Weiss dropped out of college and founded Organic Mind Unit, a live hip hop band that performed in Chicago. Early versions of the group included eight rappers, with Weiss as the drummer. After he showed other OMU members some of his writing, they encouraged him to start rapping. He took on the moniker Verbal Kent, based on Roger “Verbal” Kint, the con artist played by Kevin Spacey in the 1995 film The Usual Suspects, who makes up a story based on his surroundings – a story that takes on a different meaning upon repeat viewings of the film. Weiss has said that he aspires to this sort of depth in his rhymes.
In 2003, Kent released his first recording, the 12-inch single “Alien Rock” on Gravel Records. The single was included on his solo full-length debut, What Box, which appeared the next year. He followed it up with Move With the Walls in 2006. The album also had a single, “Dead Serious” which featured Ill Bill and Lance Ambu.
In 2003, walking down an empty alley near Clark and Pratt in Chicago with an acquaintance, the acquaintance slashed Kent’s throat with a knife, missing his jugular by less than a centimeter. Kent managed to run to his car, and drove himself to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston as blood poured from his neck. He received nearly 100 stitches, and took two months to recuperate. No arrests were made, and the reason for the attack remains unknown.
In 2006, Kent formed a crew of battle rappers going by the name Giraffe Nuts. The final group was composed of ten rappers: Kent, Rusty Chains, Lance Ambu, Alltruisms, Roadblok, Doomsday, Encyclopedia Brown, Moodswangz, Kang the Konquorer and Elfamail. They released an album, Eat Them, in 2007.
Fist Shaking, Kent’s third album, came out in 2008. His sixth solo release, 2011’s Save Yourself, features contributions from Masta Ace, Sadat X, Ed O.G. and One Be Lo, and production from Pete Rock, Marco Polo and !llmind. Sound of the Weapon, released in February 2014, was produced by Khrysis and given a rating of 4.0 (out of 5) by Hip Hop DX. His seventh solo album, Anesthesia, was released on September 11, 2015, and given a rating of 6.0 out of 10 by Pitchfork.
In 2013, Kent, Detroit emcee Red Pill and producer Apollo Brown formed Ugly Heroes, releasing their self-titled debut in May 2013. The album examines the harsh realities of the members' hometowns. Their second studio album, Everything in Between, was released on June 24, 2016.
Currently, Verbal Kent is 44 years, 0 months and 26 days old. Verbal Kent will celebrate 45th birthday on a Saturday 22nd of July 2023. Below we countdown to Verbal Kent upcoming birthday.