Charles Bowman Bey, also known as Big Flock, is the heart, mind, body, and soul of Maryland and especially when you think of rap music. Big Flock was Born on October 1, 1992, in Camp Springs, MD. Big Flock started rapping at 11 years of age by using a tape recorder to record his first few rap songs. At the age of 18, Big Flock began to take music seriously. One of his friends had just purchased a mic and laptop, and thE journey began. By the time he was 20, Trilluminati (55k downloads) was produced and released on March 8, 2013. Later that winter/early spring, Big Flock was incarcerated.
Due to this incarceration, Flock wasn’t aware that his music was starting to grow but him not being able to make more music just made him passionate. Big Flock was living in Hampton, Virginia, with Christopher Avery Smith (C Diddy) before he was incarcerated in 2013. Trilluminati was recorded in the living room of C. Diddy’s house, and he played a significant role in Big Flock’s life. C. Diddy passed away on July 5, 2013. Big Flock was still incarcerated at the time when he found out his best friend passed away. Chris was truly loved, and just like Big Flock, he was a member of the “Thraxxx” family. Due to all the recent tragic events, Big Flock getting incarcerated as soon as he releases his debut tape and the sad death of Chris, Thraxxx put together a group collaboration project and released it on Big Flock’s birthday. The project was entitled “Thraxxx the Movie” which was released on October 1, 2013. Big Flock was released from jail on bond in November 2013.
On March 8, 2014, Big Flock released Live Hungry Die Fat (67k downloads). The mixtape was very different from Trilluminati because it was all freestyles. The main objective of this project was to get Big Flock fully in recording mode. Although he was just released from jail, he was released on a bond meaning that it was a possibility of him going back to jail. In June of 2014, we found out that on July 22, he had to turn himself in for a three-year sentence for an armed robbery charge that took place in 2012. July 12 (C Diddy Day) Big Flock releases his highly anticipated project “Sonny” (125k downloads). Sonny was a 15 track project with one skit. In July of 2015, Big Flock was released on parole from prison and his management team put together a welcome home concert at Show Place Arena, Upper Marlboro, MD. By this time, he had the buzz that was needed for him to succeed. Fresh out of jail after being home for a couple of days, Big Flock gets right back in the studio. He collaborates with ISM Beats, producer heard throughout Sonny, and they come out with an 8 track project titled “Glockism” (50k downloads). “Glockism” was released on October 31, 2015.
This was the first project that Big Flock was able to release and enjoy while finally being free from prison. Flock felt as if he had a point to prove. Just a full month after, he released another project. The 14 track project with one skit is titled “Kill Me Now” (70k downloads) and was released on November 26, 2015. February 28, 2016, Big Flock released a collaborative project with DDB (Rap group from MD, Lil Dude and Baby Ahk) entitled “Mafia Ties“ (58k downloads).
On this project is the hit single “Linebacker” (video released March 28, 2016, 1.5million+ views) featuring Lil Dude and Baby Ahk. This song can be heard anywhere at any time in the DMV area. This record is in the clubs, schools, streets, radio, and almost anything with a speaker is playing “Linebacker.”
Big Flock’s critically acclaimed project is titled “The Great Depression” and released on October 29, 2016. The songs that were chosen to be on this work of art were very different then the usual sounds most are accustomed to hearing from Big Flock. Before TGD released, you’d consider Big Flock as a rapper for the youth, but after this project; When you think of Big Flock, you’ll think of hip hop! The Great Depression consists of 15 tracks of passion, pain, struggle, survival, and growth. The project has features on The Source Magazine and Karen Civil to name a few. The LP is well balanced, and it showcases a wide range of variety within subject matter for which anybody can relate to Flock’s gritty sound. TGD has features from 21 Savage, Hoodrich Pablo Juan, and more! The project has collected over 6 million streams and is considered an underground classic by many hip hop analysts.
Three and a half years later, on October 31st, 2019, Big Flock was released from Prison. This time, he was a new person mentally and had kept a clean slate ever since. Following his release, he dropped a mixtape titled “Last 5Eva” to critical acclaim and praise from HipHopSince1987, DJ Enuff, The Rapfest, Wale, Rico Nasty, and many more outlets/critics. Currently, Flock is performing all over the country at venues such as colleges, clubs, and sporting events while dropping music that garners millions of views. In 2020, Big Flock has released multiple singles including his latest mixtape “187.”