T-Bone (rapper)

Birth nameRene Francisco Sotomayor
Also known asBoney Bone Corleone, Bone Soprano, T
Born (1973-08-11) August 11, 1973 (age 46)
San Francisco, California, US
GenresChristian hip hop
InstrumentsRapping, Beatboxing
Years active1989 – present
LabelsMetro One, Flicker/Boneyard Records, Sony Provident, Canzion Group LP, Heaven Music Group

Rene Francisco Sotomayor, better known by the stage name T-Bone, is a conscious/inspirational Christian rapper. His father is Nicaraguan and his mother is Salvadoran.[1] His name came from being called 'Bones' as a youngster because he was very skinny. The 'T' was "added to give the name a little slang edge."

Music career[]

According to published interview, he started rapping at the age of seven at parties and in rap battles. He was close to getting a gangsta rap record but, after changing his life, he opened for a noted rock group at that time which led him to getting signed to his first inspirational record deal that very night.[2]

His first three albums: Redeemed Hoodlum in 1993, Tha Life of a Hoodlum in 1995 and Tha Hoodlum's Testimony in 1996 were released on the independent Metro One record label. All three albums were characterized by being gangsta rap albums, which was rare in the inspirational music scene at the time.

In 1997, he released History of a Hoodlum, a compilation set of hits from his first three albums was released on the Metro One record label.

After a brief hiatus, T-Bone released his fourth album, and first on the Flicker Records music label, Tha Last Street Preacha, in 2001, to critical acclaim. Tha Last Street Preacha was nominated for the Rock Gospel Album Grammy Award.[3] and saw T-Bone break into the Christian Contemporary Music market. It was the first rap album to debut at No. 7 on the Christian Contemporary Music charts.[citation needed]

2002 saw an increased exposure of T-Bone to both Christian and mainstream markets with the release of his fifth album, Gospelalphamegafunkyboogiediscomusic. The album was characterised by the guest appearance of hip-hop legend KRS-One on the title track - returning the favour of the controversial guest spot T-Bone had made on KRS-One's Spiritual Minded album earlier in the year.[4]

2005 saw the release of his most controversial, and successful, album to date: Bone-A-Fide. Bone-A-Fide's album cover controversially featured T-Bone in an image evoking Che Guevara, leading to concerns that e was promoting communist ideologies—charges he denied.[5] Adding to the controversy were collaborations with two major secular rappers: Mack 10 and Chino XL.

Bone-A-Fide was his first album not to be produced by long-time collaborator Chase Dante and, perhaps deliberately, saw T-Bone move away from the previous West Coast sound of his earlier albums to a smoother, more East Coast sound.[6] Also, in 2005, he was featured as Jairus in the rock opera !Hero, along with Michael Tait of Tait and dc Talk, Rebecca St. James, and Mark Stuart of Audio Adrenaline.

Bone-Appétit: Servin' Up tha Hits, a compilation set of hits from his last three albums was released on September 25, 2007.[7]

Pa mi Dios y Pa mi Gente (For My God And For My People) was released on April 7, 2017 and Broken English was released on March 15, 2018.[8]

Other works[]

Film career[]

T-Bone stars in the film "The Rally" co-starring Kenneth Copeland. It was out in late 2009-2010.

T-Bone's first major film role was in 2003, playing the role of Briggs, a rapping prisoner in the comedy-romance motion picture The Fighting Temptations, which starred Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Beyoncé Knowles. In the film, T-Bone performs the song "To Da River" with secular artists Lil' Zane and Montell Jordan.

T-Bone also co-starred in the 2006 Paramount/MTV film All You've Got which starred Ciara and Adrienne Bailon of The Cheetah Girls.

His other films include Carman and Stephen Yake's "R.I.O.T." and starred in "Black Rose" in 2003.

He appeared in the 2013 film I'm in Love with a Church Girl.

TV shows[]



Year Title Record label Producer
1993 Redeemed Hoodlum Metro One LA Posse
1995 Tha Life of a Hoodlum Metro One LA Posse
1996 Tha Hoodlum's Testimony Metro One LA Posse
1997 History of a Hoodlum
(compilation album)
Metro One LA Posse
2001 Tha Last Street Preacha Flicker/Boneyard T-BONE
2001 The Boneyard Box Set
(compilation album)
Metro One LA Posse
2002 Gospelalphamegafunkyboogiediscomusic Flicker/Boneyard T-BONE
2005 Bone-A-Fide Flicker/Boneyard/Provident/Sony/BMG T-BONE
2007 Bone-Appétit: Servin' Up tha Hits
(compilation album)
Boneyard/Provident-Integrity Distribution T-BONE
2017 Pa mi Dios y Pa mi Gente Canzion Group LP T-BONE
2018 Broken English Heaven Music Group T-BONE

Collaborative works[]

Music videos[]



Awards and nominations[]

Grammy Nominations[]

Visionary Award Nominations[]

Dove Awards[]











Additional highlights[]


  1. ^ House of T-Bone Archived April 10, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Articles - Interview with T-Bone". GospelFlava.com. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
  3. ^ "Complete list of Grammy nominations", The Seattle Times, January 4, 2002.
  4. ^ "T-Bone (gospelalphamegafunkyboogiediscomusic)". GospelFlava.com. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
  5. ^ "T-Bone Interview (2005) - Articles". GOSPELflava.com. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
  6. ^ "T-Bone - Bone-A-Fide". Christianitytoday.com. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
  7. ^ Rapzilla.com - New T-Bone Release Hot Off the Grill September 25 Archived July 4, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Sarachik, Justin. "Christian Hip-Hop Legend T-Bone Releases Final Album 'Broken English'". Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  9. ^ Rapzilla.com - T-Bone - Name Droppin' Archived February 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Rapzilla.com - T-Bone “Can I Live" Archived March 10, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Rapzilla.com - T-Bone “Ride Wit Me" Archived December 11, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "The Christian Music Hall of Fame official web site". Hallmuseum.com. November 6, 2010. Archived from the original on November 23, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011.

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