Bentley began his career as a child actor, appearing in television commercials and various television series before landing a role on the short-lived, but critically acclaimed series South Central (1994). Ralph Farquhar, South Central creator, cast Bentley in the series Moesha.
After Moesha ended, Bentley continued acting while pursuing a career as a rapper, appearing as "C-Money" inThe Wash (2001).
That same year, he portrayed Tupac Shakur in the television biopic Too Legit: The MC Hammer Story, and made one of his last onscreen appearances in Spike Lee's crime drama Sucker Free Sunday.
On January 19, 2005, while driving in Southern California's Ventrua County, Bentley's vehincle hit a chain-link fence and drove off the road. He is survived by two daughters and his mother.