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Born in 1983 in Silver Springs, Maryland Marcus Christ is the leading underground hip-hop artist of the generation that emerged in the wake of the influence of Tupac and Michael Jackson. Marcus studied Political Science in the college that established the artist’s political messages. There, he absorbed the attention to form the need for action with video and music, subsequently refining his own visual and conceptual vocabulary that emerged through his focus on the points of intersection between the poor, wealthy, and powerful. Marcus’s work can be found in myriad of public and private websites both in the United States and abroad, and has been seen in numerous blogs worldwide. He currently lives and works in Compton, California, and travels home to DC on occasion. Some of his past albums are The Profit Mixtape, The Repsonce, The Get Back, No Doubt, Return of the Beast and the upcoming Prince of the Universe. His latest show is scheduled for Feb 23rd in Downtown LA at The Lexington. His new singles "I Get High on the Most High", "If I Die Tonight", "Hate on Me", "If I Knew", and "Shorty Wanna Gangsta" from his upcoming double disc album challenges fans to think. Marcus Christ really means the end of mumble rap as we all know it.
Born in 1983 in Silver Springs, Maryland Marcus Christ is the leading underground hip-hop artist of the generation that emerged in the wake of the influence of Tupac and Michael Jackson. Marcus studied Political Science in the college that established the artist’s political messages. There, he absorbed the attention to form the need for action with video and music, subsequently refining his own visual and conceptual vocabulary that emerged through his focus on the points of intersection between the poor, wealthy, and powerful. Marcus’s work can be found in myriad of public and private websites both in the United States and abroad, and has been seen in numerous blogs worldwide. He currently lives and works in Compton, California, and travels home to DC on occasion. Some of his past albums are The Profit Mixtape, The Repsonce, The Get Back, No Doubt, Return of the Beast and the upcoming Prince of the Universe. His new single “I Get High on the Most High” challenges fans to think about a higher power that provides for those that call upon it. Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist? I grew up in Prince George’s County Maryland. I also went to Compton, California since that was the hometown of my Dad. In PG we would include ourselves in the DMV (DC, Maryland, and Virginia) area. I became an artist to get my message out. The crooked politicians, cops, and media got it all coming back to them. I guarantee that. I make art, but they can become instruments of peace or war.
Exposed Vocals: Since everyone was a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local bands or artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips? I would say take the small gigs when they are offered because you never know who is going show up. Make sure you show up too so they know your serious about your craft. Also, artist development is the foundation of a good career. So, learn all you can early on so you can master it later on.
Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that? Nobody is perfect. In artist development, I learned how to hide mistakes by diverting attention to something more interesting. Maybe a girls butt, a dudes six pack (sex sells)….I would just point at something or say something until my recovery is complete and hope they didn’t catch it, and if they did just know….even professionals make mistakes. I like to accept my faults as my improvement areas to become perfect….again Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about? I have a show at The Airliner Club in Los Angeles on Broadway October 19th. I’ll be doing at least 3 singles from this year. I will be there. 4 sure!! At one of my showcases a few years ago, and another time on stage when I was younger I could captivate the crowd by giving them want they wanted with surprises (mostly lighting). You know they say the customer is always right and this is show “biz”.
Exposed Vocals: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now? Believe it or not yes. I just got a midi keyboard for the studio and I wanted record a few tracks with a new mic for the Prince of the Universe album due December 7th. Currently I left the studio with Inferno to focus on MtB Studios, but that’s my boy we still cool. No beef there. Currently. Me and DeedoggthaHogg fell out. I don’t see that nigga. I don’t talk to that nigga. I’ll see him when I see him…but I’ll see him Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you? I think internet is key, but “never underestimate” print. Most people that listen to my music is younger but the elderly still read print. Paid promo is good, but google ad-sense is a business must have in this digital age today. I prefer radio like Kiss 104.7, H3: Home of Hip Hop, Tee Radio, All Unsigned FM, Jamsphere Radio, Cultivate Radio and there are a lot more. It works for music because people don’t see it as a advertisement they see it as entertainment.
Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why? I gotta rep that west coast and do a show with Pac, NWA, Whitney Houston. As a kid it would have been Michael Jackson and Prince without a doubt. Even now I would do a show with them, and there a lot of other artist I can’t name them all. Manlly because I grew up on them and now that I’m in this position I can better understand what they went through. Maybe they can kinda see what I go thru.
Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about? Prince of the Universe album and book is coming very, very soon. The album is a double disc album and drops December 7th 2017. I’m not sure to date when the book will be released, but I do want to try to release them together. I’ve been lazy writing the book. I usually write a chapter a day so in one month I should have plenty of time to finish and edit. It may not be published until 2018, but we’ll see because I’ve been in touch with some publishers since January. Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing? Probably taking over the world.
Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in the next year or so? The new mic and keyboard will give any album AFTER Prince of the Universe album due December 7th a totally different sound. Exposed Vocals: Any Shout-outs? Yes, God first. I want to thank my hometowns DMV Compton, Ca. I want to thank all the radio stations, cd baby my music publisher, host baby my website host, infidelity studios, kb, p, d day those years of freestyling are ready to kill these “mc’s” on or off the mic. I want to thank Kev from C&C and Carty for showing me the rap beat. How to rap on beat. And how to play spit back (freestyling starting with last line of rap partner) to become a better rapper. I want to thank my music teachers in school that taught me to sing from the diaphragm. And anyone else I forgot like my future baby mama I haven’t met yet…cause I’m single…and THANK YOU Power Promo for throwing shade on that You Know That review and fuckin up my pussy game…THANKS FOR THAT…I’m STILL single….Ladies. (Im Not Gay)
Q:When you decide it’s time to make a new record, is that more exciting or stressful? Ans: Honestly, making the music is fun and exciting, but the business aspect is boring. Worried about sales, shows, contracts, lawyers, and cops wil make you go crazy. I wish all I had to do was focus on the music but there is so much you would be missing. You can’t know everything about me listening on one or two songs. Q: How do you shut things out? Ans: Believe it or not I tend to stay home. I watch the news, play video games, and mess with friends online. I really never get time off. When I’m not working I’m thinking of what’s next. Q: How easily do songs tend to come to you? Ans : It really depends on how much I like the song. The song “The Day That You Told Me” is one of my favorite songs, and it just come to me naturally. The hardest or most challenging song I wrote was “The Weekend” since I used a lot of word play on the same word. Q: What’s your motto or the advice you live by? Ans: Do what you want- Satan Do what’s best- Jesus Q: At what age did you start singing? ANS: I started singing in my school choir and honor choir in the 5 and 6th grade. I was about 11 or 12. I got kicked out a performance because I farted and everyone laughed. It was seriously an accident though. Q:What is your favorite song to sing live? Ans: I think Mama Said has the message my Mom always gave me “Don’t try, just do”. That phrase motivated me to get a lot of work done with excuses. Q:Do you have any events coming up or recording going on right now? Ans: Yea I do actually. I’ll be at the Lexington Downtown LA on Feb 23. Come check tha kid out!
Q:Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to sing as a career or just advice about careers in general? Ans : Music is a business. You see the performance, but there is a lot of people involved. I even have to hire freelance workers sometimes to get everything done. You can’t do it all alone. Q:How does the conversation go when someone pitches the performance to you? Ans: Usually I get an email, and I decide if I have enough time to sell the required tickets. Q:When and why did you start playing? ANS: I started writing after I broke up with my ex girl back in 2004, and I enjoy it so much I never stopped. Some people say, "Love conquers all” and my love for music is addictive. Q: Is your family musical? Ans: No. My mom never saw music as a real career and pushed me to go to college. Adter college I wanted to do what I love and make music. Q: Describe your first instrument. Other instruments. Ans: My first instrument was a trombone. I was classically trained and read music. Now I enjoy playing the piano. I always wanted to play trumpet, but that never happened. Q: Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV? Ans: I’ve been doing a few public shows to promote the new album Prince of the Universe due April 3rd 2018. I’m on Kiss 104.7 FM, All Unsigned FM, H3: Home of Hip Hop, Jamsphere, and other radio stations. Q: Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition? Ans: Not anymore. I figure whether the show is good or bad the people are gettng what they paid for when I show up. If I show up. Thanks for taking time out of your day:)
Straight outta Compton, and a possible extended family member of Jesus himself, Marcus Christ brings forth a witty and smooth track with his single “Hate On Me”. But regardless of the title, we aren’t gonna hate on him at all. This new-generation Rapper has a very charismatic groove with his dynamic lyrical content and authentic style, with one of the catchiest beats to assist the song’s overall execution. This single and the album it’s comprised from called Prince of the Universeshowcases many defining factors and versatility that Christ brings to the table. It has its twist and turns, traditional production value, and really delivers the content lyrically and musically in a way that sticks with you. It’s the type of catchiness that keeps you coming back. Marcus Christ has a lot of character behind his rhymes, and also has built an insatiable fan base over the years that’s brought him positive reception and critical acclaim from his growing fan base, scene recognition, and Press collectively. Best of all, he’s an artist that did the legwork necessary to take himself to the next level and new heights — which is rare in this day and age. So I’m more than confident that there will be plenty of future prospects for Christ, especially if he keeps himself active; which seems to be the case. Marcus Christ is a great role model for Hip Hop altogether in my opinion. Where music is the priority as opposed to publicity stunts, overwhelming amounts of bling, and the pretentious side that the genre often distracts listeners with. You’ll love the authenticity that Christ carries with him as an elite Rapper. He’s worth every minute of your time.
Marcus Christ’s You Knew That comes as a melodic meeting of rap and r&b. The verses offer a detailed account of the track’s concept and the experiences that led to the storytelling. There’s a lot of lyricism, the verses have the extended length of rap, yet this echoed melody used to express it adds a certain alternative edge that gives the track character. The backing track featured showcases a structurally thoughtful piece of music that again fuses the thickness of a mellow hip-hop beat and the electric energy of a synth driven wave of riffs. The opening few bars of music and indeed the final few moments re-iterate the clever use of structure within the production. The leading artist’s vocal performance on top of the mix however is the primary driving force behind the song and its sentiment, and it’s this that you’re likely to take away from the experience after listening. There’s definitely a further sense of character and individuality to the performance. Elsewhere within Marcus Christ’s releases this same thread of individuality continues to show itself – If I Die Tonight is a strong example. This manic fusion of vocal parts is something you come to expect from the musician and songwriter. The lyrics follow a certain pathway that shows itself to be a lasting trait of his work. There’s a distinct level of hip-hop inspired energy and style to Marcus Christ’s music, though the influence of other genres comes through in his use of melody, in the instrumentation portrayed in the mix, and quite often in the subject matter and the way certain ideas are expressed. The independence and individuality of his work is something that speaks volumes. Now I’m wonderin’ where your heart is Girl I love you but you’re heartless. Download If I Die Tonight via CDBaby. Find & follow Marcus Christ on Facebook, Soundcloud & Twitter. by Rebecca CullenMusician & writer with an MA in Songwriting.
Marcus Christ considers himself to be a rap prophet, tasking himself with resurrecting hip hop back to its purest form. With these three new songs, Marcus showcases his ability to harmonize, make catchy s–t, and of course rap circles around his competition.
‘Na Na Na Boo Boo’ is actually a meaningful track in which Marcus talks about the constant harassment that black folks get from the police nowadays. The song has this old school feel to it, as Marcus shows off his ability to story-tell over the dramatic beat. While his rapping might sound a little on the wacky side to me, he does flow well and show great confidence on his verses.
‘If I Knew’ is a song in which Marcus showcases his ability to harmonize over this emotional beat. You will find the melody that he creates on this song to be appealing, and something that will certainly get stuck in your head. You can tell Marcus wanted to swing for the fences on his verses, as he raps with this pure aggressiveness throughout. I find it dope that his verses are a contrast from the gentle sounding hook, as he aims to be a little more hood in the serenading of his lady on it. I think this is Marcus Christ’s most impressive song musically.
On this song, Marcus is a shell of himself, as he reminisces about the day that someone he cared about told him that they couldn’t get down with who he became. He talks about being alone now that this special person left his life, and is having a hard time accepting that they’re gone. There really isn’t a structure to this song, which is something that kinda throws me off a bit. There is a silver lining though, and that is the fact that his words sound pretty authentic throughout. Marcus absolutely spills his guts on this song, doing something you don’t hear often from the rappers of today.
After his critcally acclaimed debut album “Return of the Beast”, ex-trombone player, and MtB Entertainment artist, Marcus Christ, bounces back with a brand new stoner rap single, entitled, “I Get High On The Most High” – “Now I’m in a another squeeze, these niggas say I owe them cheese. I just need some cheese, please.” On this new track Marcus raps about getting high yet he’s one of the more insightful rappers around. He’s an indie rapper who raps like a street rapper, a street rapper who works with off-kilter electronic beats and uses an alternative flow. Marcus Christ can no doubt have a comfortable career if he just rapped about partying over EDM beats. However, while being a crazy partier could certainly be a big part of Marcus persona, he balances it with examinations of the street, the hustle and the grind other issues that both drive him and hamper him. He’s a smart dude who can do dumb shit if wants to, and his music often reconciles these two parts of himself. “I Get High On The Most High” is a prime example of this musical madness. This track may even be emotionally and psychological trying, considering the mesmerizing flow and repetitive rhymes that in some way lulls you into a dream-like state. It’s almost like a drug-fueled dose of words – “I get high on the most high. I get high on the Westside nigga.” It’s like the intense depression after abusing alcohol, ecstasy, and cocaine, the gut-wrenching depths that always follow a high. It’s also a slow banging track that moves Marcus Christ into new territory and sees him taking musical chances. The production supplies him with a weird, low-key, deep bass driven electronic beat that gives Marcus room to go off while also challenging him. Marcus is pushing himself on in a forward momentum with each release, tackling a variety of beats and themes, as well as challenging whatever stereotypes people have about him. He’s continuing to evolve as an artist, dealing with his subject matter in a way that is never too dour. “I Get High On The Most High” is a party rap track, a drug rap track, an alternative rap track, and a modern rap track all rolled into one.
MtB Entertainment’s artist, Marcus Christ, considered by many, as a prodigy and savior of Hip Hop finally dropped his debut album entitled “Return of the Beast” since release was hampered by a lengthy jail sentence. The album is now available for download at Cdbaby.com. Currently Marcus is also getting ready to release his follow-up album called “Prince of the Universe”. Exposed to music at a young age, and an ex-trombone player, Marcus was introduced to production in the US Air Force with the owner of Mad Cow Production. Marcus Christ showcases to the world his intellectual and poetic ability. He is an artist with a message for the world, and never holds back from displaying emotion whether it be anger, love, sadness etc, even if it means he is going to be hated for it. Every track on the album, “Return of the Beast” is solid, some of my favorites include “Let These Niggas Know”, “Laying It Down”, “I Knew This Girl”, “She Needs a Soldier” and “You Know What I’m Saying” one of the realest tracks Marcus has written. Music on this album covers many different topics and many different emotions. If there’s a facet of the human experience that’s left uncovered on this release, I can’t think of it. If it isn’t just Marcus Christ’s lyrics, beats, versatility or production that makes him a cut above the rest, then it is the real raw emotion, he puts into his work, making this an essential album for anyone who loves good music. Marcus’ lyrical dexterity is all over this album and the tracks show the mind and soul that he has. There are songs that you can play in the club or at parties, as well as tracks that you can ponder over. Unlike all these watered down hip hop lyrics that are played out and commercialized today, Marcus Christ’s music is intended to not only entertain, but to communicate powerful ideas and provoke people to think and stand up for themselves. In sharp contrast to the usual ‘look at my wealth, I’m a gangster’ themes commonly spewed from today’s gold-chain-ignoramuses, many of Marcus’ songs have to do with relationships or personal experiences he’s had. Which translated, means reality. What a refreshing change. The music that backs Marcus Christ’s stories is just as strong, as the album maintains its intensity and raw energy throughout. Marcus is energetic, powerful and a genius lyrically with this album, which sounds fresher than one that’s coming out next month. He lays down his rhymes with an honest heart and a crystal clear flow. All-round you don’t even need to skip one single track here. Quite simply, Marcus Christ is not your typical rapper.
Review from Jamsphere Magazine: Source: http://jamsphere.com/reviews/marcus-christ-return-of-the-beast-showcases-his-intellectual-and-poetic-ability
Marcus Christ’s becoming known in the professional recording and music industry. With sheer focus on his craft, the grinding artist is making an impact with a progressive style unlike no other. The music artist and upcoming entrepreneur is only expected to deliver impressive work from here on out. Marcus Christ’s making all the right decisions and people are listening and watching. In a press release by MtB Entertainment, Marcus Christ was described as “a prodigy/savior of hip hop.” The Compton, CA based artist released his debut album titled Return of the Beast in December 2015 in select stores in Los Angeles, CA and is now available worldwide on various online digital merchants. He claims he’s the true Christ and his album proves he can save hip hop single handedly. Since the release he’s received multiple reviews that have praised his style and his ability on the mic. Marcus Christ’s currently in talks with a publisher for his upcoming book and has released a single, “The Weekend,” from his new album Prince of the Universe. The concept for the album came to him while struggling with new ordeals such as trying to get fed, physical confrontations, and generally being somewhere he didn’t want to be while in jail.
Marcus Christ’s Return of the Beast is a powerful album that ensures that fans will be provided with a backstory about a tremendous performer from Compton. Let These Niggas Know comes through with an assertive flow and a realistic view of the streets. The production’s sweeping synthesizers and cash machine-like percussion provide proper highlighting through this introductory effort, giving Return of the Beast a strong boost to its’ early-album momentum. She’s the Coldest is reminiscent of Lil’ Flip’s Game Over. Infusing the effort with a bit of the punchline rap style of Lloyd Banks and Canibus. Return of the Beast succeeds because the tracks all have a different feel to them, all while contributing to an overall sound that permeates Return of the Beast On Tha Mic, Pt. 1 just as it does during Where You Going. Where many artists place their weaker efforts on the second halves of their albums, Marcus Christ is able to keep the disc strong throughout. Nowhere is this better heard than during I Knew This Girl. There is a more evolved sort of use of spacing and pausing, imbuing each bar spat during the track with a certain gravity requiring fans to focus in. I Aint Gotta Show You keeps things dark and dangerous, inserting a bit of reality into an already dead-serious release. As each line is spit by Marcus Christ, listeners will know that he is speaking the truth. The bit of pop hook that is presented in this track will have fans clamoring for the single on the request line. Keep an eye out on Marcus Christ’s Soundcloud for new songs and Facebook for additional information about this unique and interesting rapper. Top Tracks: Let These Niggas Know, I Aint Gotta Show You Rating: 8.6/10 Neufutur Review on Marcus Christ Source: http://neufutur.com/2017/01/marcus-christ-return-of-the-beast/ neufutur.com/2017/01/marcus-christ-return-of-the-beast/
Marcus Christ – “No Doubt” – Single Review From his album entitled Return Of The Beast, Marcus Christ has released “No Doubt” as a lead-single from the record to put this clever hip-hop artist on the map. Will it work? That’s the question right? There are many legitimate ways that I think this could. Despite a few minor changes or evolutions to the sound that are more than likely to take place over time anyway…I think this sounds like Marcus Christ is at that point where he’s ready to take that next step in his career. The positives in “No Doubt” certainly outweigh any potential negatives; and given the right placement, the right timing, the right crowd – Christ could set it all off at any time – there are definitely some skills at work here. What works is in the writing to the flow itself, the lyrics & the beat…and for 99.9% of the track, Marcus is impressive in his delivery. He does exceptionally well in the verse as he rolls through rhyme-after-rhyme with a light-toned aggression and pointed lyrics that spell it all out for you as clear as it gets for you. I dig the way the lyrics come out…like the words themselves and how they’re written – that’s what I mean; as far as the connection I feel like Marcus has to them…that’s where I’m not as sure about “No Doubt” – but that could totally just be me. When I hear a tune about poppin’ bottles and rollin’ deep through the scenes with the ladies & stacks of paper, putting the hits-out on people…there’s a suspension of disbelief that I’m always looking for…just like in any kind of potential-fantasy setting in a movie, I don’t want the image wrecked by the questioning of just how much of what I’m hearing or seeing is ‘real.’ Know what I mean? There’s always a difference between living-it…and creative writing. So what? So I don’t think he’s rollin’ around the back-alleys with his gatt & crew waiting to take out thugs…so what? The redemption comes in the Christ sense of humour and ability to continually entertain with enthusiasm and a grind on the mic that never quits. What I DO think about Christ…is that he’s probably one hell of an expert on ‘what’s good’ and that this dude is all about having a good time. The vibe in “No Doubt” suggests the kind of rapper/hip-hop artist that’s looking for those big, catchy-hooks that you can’t get out of your head for weeks no matter what you do. “No Doubt” works that way…it’s highly memorable and definitely works as a song overall – and some of these lines are jaw-dropping in their descriptions through the lyrics. “No Doubt” will make you laugh as much it’ll make you want to turn it up – and you’ll find a lot of those moments where it goes from a serious-vibe to lines written with more funnybone to them are some of the best from Christ for sure. The beat itself is pretty classic; it’s well-produced and has that mid-late 90’s Dre-influence on the sound and style. The chorus-hook…walks that fine-line…you could say that Marcus is right at the height & top of his tone here…but that he just barely makes it; and that’s something you can audibly hear. That being said…whether it’s a struggle or not…he gets there, the tone in on-point and the hook does work. In general…I find this to be a major truism of hip-hop/rap as these voices refine their talent on the mic in search of ‘the hook.’ Kind of similar to the comedian first testing out their chops in the dramatic-side of acting; I’m not saying that Marcus is any kind of joke – the hook just has that same feeling of ‘testing the waters’ and maybe doesn’t quite sound as confident in comparison to the way he swings punches through the verse. And again…I think that it’s just a slightly more careful approach…which sounds like it stretches to get there as this rapper branches out to singing-out the hooks of his material. When you’re born to rap it out – the singing-aspect is the part that gets tested, refined and smoothed-out over time; well, it’s either that or you get those money guest-stars to drop in for the 16-bars you need. For what it’s worth…I don’t think Marcus will need to go that route unless the mood inspires him to do so; this guy can get to the meat on the hook and tear it off…but that time & refinement spent in the game and creating new rhythms & rhymes will also pay-off for a guy like this that understands the dynamics of word-flow & song-writing as well as he clearly does. I think what we’re hearing here on “No Doubt” definitely shines a bright spotlight on the potential of what Marcus Christ can do and bring to the table – and I think that you’ll hear the best of this guy coming at you throughout this next decade as those skills refine and his determination, enthusiasm, talent & drive take him quickly towards that next-level he’s gunning for.