Nearly a decade ago, Columbus, Ohio native Trent Crews relocated to New York City to pursue a career as a recording artist in the music industry, but those past 8 years haven’t been easy for the Midwest sensation. Since moving to a new city, he’s experienced many trials and tribulations during his journey, from homelessness to failed record deals with major labels, pretending to be someone he wasn’t in order to fit in, finally coming clean about his sexuality, and finally, landing a role on this season’s Love & Hip Hop: New York.
His story is quite an interesting one, Trent recalls taking meetings at the labels and their response to him as far as his sexuality was concerned:
I had a big meeting at Atlantic Records in like [September/October] of 2016. That was my third label meeting that year. Sony ATV, Atlantic, and Interscope. I had all these meetings with this A&R, and that A&R. Every label I went to, they were like ‘well we can’t do anything with you because you’re gay.’
After trying to hide who he really was for years and trying to portray himself as a straight male to please consumers and society, he now comes full circle about being honest and living in his truth. And quite frankly, he doesn’t care anymore if anyone will accept it or not. Furthermore, after all the ups and downs of living in NYC, and fighting to get his music heard and getting people to take him serious as an artist – Reality TV’s own Mona Scott-Young has recruited him to appear on Season 8 of Love & Hip-Hop: NY, where you will see him and boyfriend Jonathan Fernandez try to make their relationship work while still trying to manage their individual careers.
Trent’s new single, “Bad reputation” will release in conjunction with the new season in the coming weeks, so stay tuned. Check out Part 1 of our interview with the budding star below:
Love & Hip Hop: New York airs Mondays at 8/7c on VH1.