There are many artists in the Bay Area, but Rayven Justice’s passion and motivation sets him apart from the rest. He has come a long way, from being part of a group with his brother, to now launching his solo music career.

Born and raised in East Oakland, Rayven Justice and his younger brother Raymen attended Westlake Middle School and Oakland High School. Rayven knew his voice was a gift, but didn’t acknowledge it until his neighbor overheard him singing one day. ”He had a studio and asked me to come get on one of his songs, to sing the hook. Ever since then I just loved singing and practiced everyday.”

Rayven and his brother Raymen eventually began producing their own music with Rayven singing and Raymen rapping. Back then, most of their songs revolved around girls and relationships. They became popular amongst their peers, as classmates knew their music from YouTube and mix tapes floating around the school; they continued to become a well-known duo.

The brothers seemed bound for a bright music career, until Raymen was shot and killed near Oakland High on September 21, 2010.  This was a very difficult time for Rayven. “My brother’s death put me in a dark place. I had thoughts of suicide. I wouldn’t eat or drink. I even had multiple panic attacks.” It also influenced Rayven to push harder with his music, as a life long tribute to his little brother. ”When I returned home from the hospital I laid in my brother’s bed and thought to myself, ‘what would he want me to do?’ So from that moment on I committed all my time into my music.”

Rayven’s dedication to his music has given him amazing results. He currently has songs with a host of major artists and anticipates the release of his debut album “On Tour Volume 1” with fan favorite tracks - such as Slide Thru, Show Up, Pay No Mind and Might as well. 

WATCH: Rayven Justice - Slide Thru

With special appearances from KMEL's own Shay Diddy and Rick Lee

Rayven is truly excited about the support he’s receiving for his current single “Slide Thru” as he pushes towards having a “…hit single that goes big all over the world…” on social media and currently on his hometown radio station 106 KMEL.

Rayven is always thinking about his family, and with his success, he dreams of ‘…buying my parents a house and new cars!” Rayven wants to keep his brother’s spirit alive through his music and making sure Raymen will not be forgotten. Rayven’s new single “Slide Thru” is available now on iTunes at