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"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. He was resigned to Flex Entertainment on April 26, 2022.

Music career[]

2019-20: Lil Big and The Contender[]

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.

2020: Label complications and "Backseat"[]

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.

2021: Biker Gang, Tha Shop, and Bike's Fun Adventure[]

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. Bike started his own label called Bike Shop Records on October 27th, 2021. Bike Shop Records ended a month later after Bike sold the label to Embee. His second studio album "Bike's Fun Adventure" was released on November 12th, 2021.

He was signed back to Flex Entertainment on April 26th, 2022.

Discography[]

Studio Albums[]

  • Tha Shop (2021)
  • Bike's Fun Adventure (2021)
  • Tending Bike (2022)

EPs[]

  • Lil Big (Brain) (2020)
  • The Contender (2020)

Mixtapes[]

  • Subzero (2019)
  • Subzero 2 (2021)

Compilation Albums[]

  • Lil Big Trilogy (2020)
  • Evolution (2020)
  • Father of All (2021)
  • Sorry We're Closed!: A Collection Of The Finest Tending Bike Fun Summer Bangers (2022)

Singles[]

List of singles
Title Year Charts Certification Album
Hot
100
SC YT
"Insane" 2019 Subzero
"Drip"
(featuring Yung Schmoobin & A.J.)
"H8TRZ"
(featuring Leggoland)
2020 81 The Contender
"WYD"
(featuring CRZFawkz & Lil Squeaky)
94
"Cool Aid"
(featuring Hood Guy)
"Backseat"
(featuring The Weeknd)
1 1 9
  • FLEX: 4x Platinum
Yung Flexer
"Glizzy" 11 7 9
  • FLEX: Gold
THA SHOP
"Side Effects" 36 32 18
  • FLEX: Gold
non-album single
"GUAP"
(featuring Yung Lambo)
2021 8 5 6
  • FLEX: Gold
THA SHOP
"COD"
(featuring Yung Lambo, Lil Mosquito Disease, & LEGGOLAND)
56 72 36 non-album single
"Blastin" 19 12 Subzero 2
"I Feel Unstoppable"
(featuring WT or LEGGOLAND)
90 Bike's Fun Adventure
"Dripped"
(featuring Lil Joof)
non-album single
"Opps Ain't Ready"
(featuring Hood Guy)
Bike's Fun Adventure
"Military" 2022 98 TBA
"Trees"
(featuring Depp Gibbs & Treebeard)
78 65 Bike's Fun Adventure
"Glock19" 93 TBA
"Blue Jeans"
"Hillside" 96
"Gang Party" 75 53
"Friend Zone"
(featuring CRZFawkz)
57 40 Bike's Fun Adventure
"Crotch Music" 77 TBA
"Spider Bike" 3 6 1
  • FLEX: Platinum
"BUSS"
(featuring Lil Jxck & CRZFawkz)
9 10 5

Promotional Singles[]

List of promotional singles
Title Year Charts Certification Album
Hot
100
SC YT
"Air Jordans"
(featuring Yung Fizz)
2019 68 46 58
  • FLEX: Gold
Subzero
"Yung Lambo Diss Track" 2021 99 63 N/A
"Air Jordans 3"
(featuring FuegoFizz, CRZFawkz, & Wild Wes)
21 25 27
  • FLEX: Platinum
Flex Gang, Vol. 3
"Crashed The Lambo (Yung Lambo Diss)" 2022 N/A

Features[]

List of featured songs
Title Year Charts Certification Album
Hot
100
SC YT SP
"Menace"
(Lil Squeaky featuring Big Lil and Lil Mosquito Disease)
2019 21 18 15 47
  • FLEX: 2x Platinum
Menace 2 Society
"Menace 2"
(Lil Squeaky featuring Big Lil, Lil Mosquito Disease and beetlebat)
24 31 18 20
  • FLEX: Platinum
"Menace 3"
(Lil Squeaky featuring Lil Mosquito Disease, Tending Bike, & Fastoosh Kaloosh)
2020 22 23 11
  • FLEX: Platinum
"Menace 5"
(Lil Squeaky feat. Lil Mosquito Disease, Tending Bike, & Lil Stuart Little)
2022 2 49 1 17
  • FLEX: 2x Platinum
"Who Want Smoke??"
(Lil Squeaky feat. Yung Head$hit, Tending Bike, & Lil Pinecone)
13 36 7
  • FLEX: Gold
non-album singles
"Perkys On The Dancefloor"
(Lil Squeaky feat. Tending Bike)
31 23
"I See The Future"
(Lil Squeaky feat. Tending Bike)
26 17

Other Charted Songs[]

Title Year Charts Certification Album
Hot
100
YT
"Mini Van"
(with Lil Toy Yoda)
2020 86 Lil Big (Brain)
"Black Hole" 2021 89 Bike's Fun Adventure
"Rush" 83
"Ocean"
(feat. Leggohost)
68
"Seven Gotta Dumpy"
(feat. Depp Gibbs)
2022 94 Sorry We're Closed!: A Collection Of The Finest Tending Bike Fun Summer Bangers
"Watches On Me"
(feat. Wild Wes & White Fury)
93
"Yung Flexer Reloaded"
(feat. beetlebat, Big Baller B, Bowser Judah, CRZFawkz, Depp Gibbs, Hood Guy, Leggoland, Lil Mosquito Disease, Lil Sperm, Lil Squeaky, White Fury, Ya Boy Payden, & Yung Lambo)
90
"Gas Station" 97
"Sorry, We're Closed" 55
"Telling Da Vision" 99


Trivia[]

  • Tending Bike is the only musical artist in history to release a 4-part album and call it a trilogy.
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