Born in Brooklyn, New York, but raised in Newark, New Jersey, @sonREEM is truly a product of the Tri-state area. He was born to a Bajan father, Darwin, and a Jamaican mother, Monica. Coming from a Caribbean household, music was always a spark of interest for the Jersey Artist growing up. Reem grew up on his dad’s old school record player listening to legends like Al Green, Teddy Pendergrass, and Michael Jackson, until he started forming his own personal taste for hip hop. Reem lists 50 cent, The Game, and Lil’ Wayne, as some of his older influences and Drake, Kendrick Lamar and A$ap Rocky as some of his newer ones.
@sonREEM began making music himself during his freshman year of college at William Paterson University as a hobby, but started to realize that his skills were better than his drive at the time. He wanted to take it more serious, so he needed a stage name. An Avid Dragon Ball Z fan, he always looked up to the Japanese Anime protagonist, Son Goku and figured he wanted to be the protagonist of his own journey, hence the name,@sonREEM. Reem started to devote more time to music, but due to him failing multiple courses, he took a break from melodies, and decided to focus on graduating with his business degree which he eventually did in 2016.
After a year in the workforce, @sonREEM bounced from job to job until landing a salary position. However, he still felt like something was wrong, as he felt complacent and his heart wasn’t at peace. Ultimately, this lead to him getting fired, losing his only source of income to help his parents and himself. With struggling to find who he was, and figuring out what path was the gateway to becoming the best version of himself, This was the turning point in his life. With nothing to lose, he put all his effort and time into his passion, music.