Up and coming hip hop start Rel, born James Barton, is only 19 years of age. Growing up in the greater Pittsburgh, PA area, Rel was recording his own songs at the age of 12. A natural lyricist, Rel has begun to develop a following in the Pittsburgh area, and is now buzzing with the release of his first mixtape “Grind” hosted by DJ Deez. Rel jumped onto the Pittsburgh hip hop scene performing with Wiz Khalifa , and up and coming hip hop group, The Finest, this past summer, and headlining his own show at Club DV8. Spending countless hours recording in Pittsburgh's ID LABS Studio, Rel was immediately noticed by the likes of DJ Deez and other Pittsburgh area producers. Rel is now a freshmen at Limestone College in South Carolina on a basketball scholarship, and is currently in talks with different indie labels. Rel is ready, with the look, style, and talent to make it in the mainstream hip hop scene.