Local rapper looking ahead, hoping to win record contract

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A rapper from Wilmington is hoping to represent his home town at the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta. Ruel B. Sunny, or B. Sunny as he's known, is in a competition hosted by rapper Young Jeezy's record label.

B. Sunny spends a lot of time talking about his hometown in his music. He even has a song called "Port City." Now, he's hoping to expand his audience.

"My city knows my music," he said. "But as far as nationwide audience, it'll be the first time."

He's taking part in a competition with other artists that will take him to the BET Awards at the end of the month. If his team ends up getting enough points, they'll be able to perform on the stage there, taking him far away from his Port City roots. He said the winner of the competition gets a record contract with the label.

The competition is based on a point system. He gets points by doing various things and having people pay to cast a vote for him.

He said his rap journey started when he was just eight years old.

"I had a lot of fights in school and I really didn't know how to channel my emotions," he said.

Sunny B. said his great aunt is the person who initially told him to write down his feelings on paper and then turn them into music.

This all came after his grandmother had died and after his uncle Kenneth Hall, Jr. was murdered in 1997. He still remembers his uncle every time he looks at the tattoo bearing his uncle's name on his arm.

"Everything I rap about is something I did or something that's happened to me. So all of my music is about life struggles because that's what I've been through a life struggle," he said.

He's lived in Wilmington his entire life and said he just wants to thank the community for being so supportive of his music.

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