Today we’d like to introduce you to Marcus King.
Marcus, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve been making music seriously for 2 ½ years. But I’ve been surrounded by music all my life. My dad plays a big part in why I started creating music and why I still love it today. 6th grade is when I wrote my first rap my friends and I wanted to perform in front of the class and my dad helped me write my verse. It was my senior year of high school when I really started taking rapping seriously. A brother of a friend of mine would go to this house in the neighborhood to record, one day they invited me and asked if I wanted to jump on the track. I couldn’t pass the moment up. Since then, I have dropped over 20 songs and my first mixtape “Gone off Love” in 2017.
Music has been my addiction and a way for me to share my story with others. I love creating and hearing it played back in the studio, car or in my headphones. Anytime I hear my music and my voice I’m like “Damn I really made that”! I performed for the first time at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, CA and I think I love the stage just as much as I love being in the studio.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
There’s always going to be a struggle when you are creating and allowing your creativity to be what drives your life. I find myself struggling with keeping the balance of going to school, working part-time and still being able to create my music. My mind is always in 100 different directions. I also find myself struggling sometimes with having the confidence of putting my music out. Like many artists, I want my music to touch the ears and hearts of people all around the world and I understand that it takes time, but sometimes I get caught up in the idea that it needs to happen RIGHT NOW! And when I’m not getting the recognition, I question if this is something I really should be doing. But those are just thoughts because ultimately, I enjoy being able to create and the people that need to hear it will always find their way to it.
Probably one of the biggest struggles is being an independent artist. I fund everything for my projects. From studio time, merch creation, photoshoots; Literally ALL OF IT. The financial struggle is real, but this is my way of paying my dues and creating an unforgettable story for years to come.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
What sets me apart from others is that I am truly an ARTIST. I take my time with my work, I study, I write, I practice. I really submerge myself into music, discovering new ways to make myself stand out and to really have fun with it. I am heavily invested in my craft and preparing myself to be one of the biggest artists of my generation. I’m true to myself, I’m not into the materialistic image of being a rapper. I don’t talk about anything that I don’t know or haven’t experienced. I just want to stay in my lane, continue to be authentic because I believe that is what creates longevity.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Some of my greatest memories are with my dad. I’ve followed in his footsteps with creating music. He is always the first to hear my music after I record it and I find myself always anticipating his input and responses. In a way, this was a dream of his when he was my age, so I’m blessed that he gets to see me have the same passion and ambition as he did. I consider myself to be very wealthy not because of money but because I am surrounded by love and support from my family, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
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