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Bentley in December 2010
|Fonzworth Bentley, Farnsworth Bentley|
February 13, 1974 |
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
|Origin||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Rapper, record producer, actor, television host, fashion designer, singer|
|Sean Combs, Outkast, will.i.am, Andre 3000, Kanye West|
Derek Watkins (born February 13, 1974), better known as Fonzworth Bentley, is a musician and author. He is perhaps best known for being Sean Combs' former personal valet and assistant, as first seen in Making the Band 2, and was the host of MTV's From G's to Gents. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia.
He first appeared rapping on Da Band's 2002 album Too Hot for TV, in the track "Cheers to Me, Mr. Bentley (Interlude)". In 2003, Bentley was featured on the "Good Day, Good Sir" skit on OutKast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. In 2004, he had a role in the music video of Kanye West's "The New Workout Plan".
His debut album, C.O.L.O.U.R.S., was released via iTunes on April 26, 2011.
Bentley was an executive producer for Borrow My Crew in 2005, in which he allowed one boy, Cory Cole, to borrow the entourage of P. Diddy for two days. In 2008, he hosted the MTV reality series From G's to Gents, which ran for two seasons.
In 2007, Bentley contributed to KnowHow2GO. Bentley's involvement in the campaign has included creation of a radio public service advertisement ("Wanna Go?") and participation in the 2007 YMCA Black and Hispanic Achievers Teen Leadership Summit in Orlando, Florida. Bentley sang as a member of the chorus for "We Are The World", a remake of the original for Haiti, in February 2010.