Despite the huge variety of segments within hip hop music and culture, it is often criticized as a whole for promoting themes of violence, misogyny, and otherwise wild behavior. But, from pioneers like N.W.A to game changers like 50 Cent to more contemporary artists like YG and Kendrick Lamar, we can see that while those themes recur, we often forget that entertainment is entertainment. As an independent artist myself, especially as a female, I often find myself trying to close myself off from music that doesn’t follow my standard of listening or content interest. However, at the end of the day, music is best when it is created organically, regardless of who the artist is or his/her content. Music should be fun and entertaining.
This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing an up and coming artist from Connecticut, who has been putting in work in the music game for a number of years and continues to work towards reaching all of his goals. With that said, I would like to introduce hip hop artist / rapper M.A.R. M.A.R has already toured alongside Chris Webby in 14 different cities, has opened for mainstream artists 2 Chainz, Beanie Sigel, Juelz Santana, Young Jeezy, and Lloyd Banks, and even headlined his own 5-city tour in the north east region of the U.S. In my opinion, M.A.R has the skill, work ethic, and impressive track record to “make it” in the music industry. He stated that an integral component of his success is staying focused on his own sound. “My music is my sound. As long as I do me, I don’t have to worry about the rest,” said the artist.
M.A.R was born and raised in Bridgeport, CT, having stated that his city taught him a lot. First introduced to turntables and dj equipment as a kid, M.A.R soon found himself delving to a number of different components - from writing lyrics and rapping to taking film and video production classes and even acting. Directed By 86HourPhoto and Gee Huertas, M.A.R’s music video “Too Far” is basically a mini-movie, taking viewers on an dramatic journey regarding infidelity and the temptations that people might face while in relationships. He has also put out a number of solo mixtapes that have gotten good traction in his region, and continues to release music, including one his recent releases “Martin Luther Blvd.”
His most recently noted accomplishment though was performing at the legendary Toad’s Place in Connecticut, opening for one of his favorite artists - Lupe Fiasco. “We talked about me opening up for him one day, and that day final came in my home town. It was truly an amazing show and I have the upmost respect for Lupe and the hip hop game,” said M.A.R.
M.A.R is currently partnered with Street Level ENT and represents the “Light Up” movement. Street Level ENT is an independent record label and entertainment company based in the Connecticut area. Only time will tell at where this artist and entrepreneur will go, but I have no doubts about M.A.R. He has marketable music and videos, a discern vision, and a solid team. For more on M.A.R, follow him on Twitter or Facebook.
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