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Most artists hit their audiences in waves. They begin as a “diet” version of themselves and slowly break out of their shell as more money and acceptance receives them. MarcusBLACK does not observe this rule … or any others.
If ever a rap artist personified the counter-culture movement, he was MarcusBLACK. Never having set foot in a professional facility, he sets himself apart from the basement dwelling hobbyists with a chrome-like polish and technical skill. But, more than lyrics and flow, his character flaws shine through each and every verse. The frustrations of young fatherhood (which he overcomes daily for his three daughters and son), severe anxiety, ADD, and an additional laundry list of self-diagnoses befitting a hypochondriac leave their unique marks on the 23-year-old’s records. Don’t be fooled – MarcusBLACK feels no shame. Whether he’s sick, deranged, or unreasonable, he owns it.
The greatest crime his critics would commit is any attempt to paint his personality a gimmick. While his mother was serving time for selling crack, his father was making ends meet as a music producer. The combination of influences left him somewhere between artistic pursuits and a life of vicious rebellion.
When his unwillingness to observe societal rules refused to meet their proverbial “line-in-the-sand,” he ended up in a cage. Despite maturing a great deal and learning to forgive his mother there, Marcus proved himself an outlaw by leaving the steel-barred cell with the same principles he had entering it in 2008.
Dropping one mixtape per year since then (2009-2012), he reminds the fans he earned performing at Milly’s Tavern (Manchester, NH) that he stands on firm ground. The relatable theme, throughout, has been the unwavering commitment to his individuality. The glorious trend continues with the March 1st release of “Flawsome.”