The 26-year-old, Atlanta by way of Brownsville, Brooklyn artist, emphasizes that the name Be.N Reilly stands for two things. As an avid comic book collector, Be.N Reilly wanted to pay homage to his favorite superhero Spider-Man, specifically the clone of Peter Parker’s Spidey in the comic book storyline in the Marvel Universe. It also means embracing who you really are. “Be.N in itself is supposed to stand for ‘Be. Nahree,’” the Atlanta by way of Brooklyn artist says. “It’s supposed to represent me embracing myself from within.”
In 2021, the 26-year-old Abstract Media member made his solo debut with ‘Freelance.’ He raps with hungry urgency like someone who knows their time is coming. He switches between rapping and singing, delivering diary-like entries on themes of self-doubt, perseverance, and loyalty as he plays with different flows while distorting his voice.
Recently, “Maytag” from ‘Freelance’ mixtape earned 18 million streams and Be.N Reilly celebrated with a freestyle titled “1M” over Weezy’s “A Milli.” Whether he’s aspirational about being bigger than Drake, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, and even Hov one day, as he raps in the freestyle, he hopes to be remembered as the best amongst the GOATs.
“The music will speak for itself, especially in instances where my life is changing now,” he says. “I’ve been putting in the work and now it is starting to be seen. A lot of people are starting to recognize it.”
Pote Baby says there are thousands of ways to tell a love story, which is quickly apparent in his ever-expanding music library. Whether it’s about friends, family, or a feeling – Pote’s connecting thread to everything he does is his unique self-expression of love.
It’s especially apparent in his deep love of his hometown. A native son of Savannah, Georgia, Pote brings his home with him everywhere he goes, so much so that he and his fans have lovingly dubbed themselves “Turtle Gang” after the animal that carries its home on its back.
In the Summer of 2022, Pote traveled the expanse of the southern states as the opening act for Atlanta-based duo EarthGang in a 12-city tour. From Houston, Texas, to Miami’s legendary Revolution Live venue to a grand finale banger in Atlanta, Pote dominated the stage, gained thousands of new listeners, and left a lasting impression on attendees.
When not recording or touring, Pote Baby is committed to bringing the best of the world back to the residents of the 912 area code. Beginning in 2020, Pote has thrown his free annual “Pote Day” event – best described as a weekend-long city-wide celebration that infuses live entertainment with educational/promotional panels meant to influence and inform the next generation of native Savannahians. In 2022 he was given a proclamation from The City of Savannah to make “Pote Day” an official city holiday. This can all be seen in a documentary accompanying the live album “One Night In Savannah.” The event has garnered the attention and support of numerous world-renowned brands like LRG, SoundCloud, Liquid Death, Reebok, Vans, and Jack Daniels and reached over 6,500 attendees over the last three years.
Pote Baby is unapologetically himself, undyingly loyal to his roots, and unwavering in his commitment to putting himself, his neighbors, and his city on for the world to see.
“No shells left behind when you on Turtles Ave…” – “Bran’s Outro”