"And Tending Bike's a whole ass executive now" ― Lil Squeaky upon hearing Bike being a BDR executive
Marc Varela, better known by his stage name Tending Bike, and formerly known as Big Lil, and Tending Bike Leaf as well as various other stage names, is a Canadian rapper who was first signed to Flex Entertainment from early 2019 to mid 2020. He is known for singles such as "Glizzy", "Side Effects," and "Backseat" which became his first Flex Entertainment Hot 100 number one single, as well as his deep and distinct voice and unique vocal inflections. Fans have compared him to rappers like Blueface and Pop Smoke.
Under the stage name Big Lil, Tending Bike was signed to the label in the first months of Flex, and flew under the radar for a long time. His best known songs in his first sting in Flex included "Air Jordans," "Insane," and "Matrix." He landed successful features on Lil Squeaky's "Menace" and "Menace 2" during this stint as well.
Bike announced his debut album Lil Big in January 2020, set to release in May. However, the album would soon be canceled. He would break the intended tracks down into two EPs: Lil Big (Brain) and The Contender, both of which were met with generally negative reception. A third EP, Drinkin' Soda, which was supposed to be made with fellow Flex artist and longtime friend LEGGOLAND, was set to release in July, and was preceded by the lead single "H8TRZ," but was eventually scrapped.
He was initially kicked out of the label in July, and he then joined CRZRecords (later Billion Dollar Records). He became an executive in Billion Dollar Records, but later resigned the position and left the label.
On September 20th 2020 he was signed back to Flex Entertainment after the release of his single "Backseat" which was seen by many to be a very fun and enjoyable song that contained the Flex spirit despite him not being at the label when the song dropped.
In late 2020, a number of old Tending Bike songs from his Big Lil days were leaked, including "To the Moon" featuring $LUMP, "Crip With a Sticc" featuring Lil Mosquito Disease and J1D, and most importantly, "Side Effects" featuring Lil Kolya and Lil PP, which quickly gained notoriety in the label and received a surprise remix featuring Lil Squeaky, Lil Mosquito Disease, and Yung Lambo.
On January 17th 2021 Bike along with Flex Entertainment executive Yung Lambo started the short-lived collective "Biker Gang". The collective became less known for its music and more known for Bike and Lambo's constant arguing about how the collective should be run, before its eventual demise.
A day later the collective released "Biker Gang Sings The Classics" inspired by Lil Squeaky's April 2020 live mixtape "Squeaky Sings The Classics" the project.
Bike ended up leaving the collective in May of 2021, the collective officially disbanded on August 23rd 2021.
In January, Bike released a remix to "Backseat," which featured fellow Flex Entertainment rapper LEGGOLAND. The song was a surprise hit, accumulating over a thousand plays on SoundCloud within a week of releasing. A highly controversial and negatively received remix, it immediately went to number one on the Flex Entertainment Hot 100. Despite the remix's negative reception, many saw this as a big victory for Bike, an artist who was once shunned from the label but was now on top of the charts.
On March 12th 2021, Bike released his long awaited debut studio album "Tha Shop", creatively directed and executive produced by Yung Lambo. The album contained features from Hood Guy, Lil Sperm, Young Seagull, Yung Lambo, LEGGOLAND and Lil Squeaky. The album was released to positive reception; however, as time went by, listeners began to reconsider their opinions and began attributing most of the album's quality and enjoyability to Yung Lambo's direction.
He left the label on April 23rd 2021 but signed back on May 3rd 2021, about 8 days later he made the decision to depart from the label for good and has no intentions on returning anytime soon.
As of now he is working on his second studio album "Bike's Fun Adventure". the album is expected to be released on November 5th, 2021.
On August 27th, 2021 he released "until bfa" a double single with 2 songs expected to be on his upcoming album. it includes the tracks "Rush" and a remix / remake of his single "I Feel Unstoppable" which was released a month prior and featured Flex Entertainment artist WT, the new version of the track instead features Flex Entertainment artist and close friend of Bike, LEGGOLAND. Bike previewed a snippet of Rush on his Instagram a few days before it's release.
Bike released the final single "Opps Ain't Ready" on October 10th. 2021, the song features Flex Entertainment artist Hood Guy.
- Tha Shop (2021)
- Bike's Fun Adventure (2021)
- Lil Big (Brain) (2020)
- The Contender (2020)
- Subzero (2019)
- Subzero 2 (2021)
- Lil Big Trilogy (2020)
- Evolution (2020)
- Father of All (2021)
(featuring Yung Schmoobin & A.J.)
(featuring CRZFawkz & Lil Squeaky)
(featuring Hood Guy)
(featuring The Weeknd)
(featuring Yung Lambo)
(featuring Yung Lambo, Lil Mosquito Disease, & LEGGOLAND)
(featuring Yung Fizz)
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|"Air Jordans 3"
(featuring FuegoFizz, CRZFawkz, & Wild Wes)
|2021||21||25||27||Flex Gang, Vol. 3|
(Lil Squeaky featuring Big Lil and Lil Mosquito Disease)
(Lil Squeaky featuring Big Lil, Lil Mosquito Disease and beetlebat)
(Lil Squeaky featuring Lil Mosquito Disease, Tending Bike, & Fastoosh Kaloosh)
- Tending Bike is the only musical artist in history to release a 4-part album and call it a trilogy.