Hip-Hop is sacred: not only for the artists and musicians that honor the pillars, but also for the storytellers that help bring the culture into the mainstream. This isn’t always an “if you can’t do, teach” situation; the path many journalists take don’t end their personal passions for creating music. Case in point: the highly-revered Rob Markman, who has reported on Hip-Hop on various formats (currently, via Genius) and has decided to bring his musical vision to reality with the new album Write To Dream. While many of his Rap peers (ie. DJ Khaled, Wiz Khalifa, Royce Da 5’9) show support on the project, it’s incredible to see how Markman stands all his own, displaying a style of flow and subject matter that keeps with tradition while showcasing a transparency into the life of the man behind the pen (however that pen is used).
Adding to Write To Dream comes a new visual for “I Don’t Wanna Wait,” which features Kirby Maurier and sees production from living legends Justice L.E.A.G.U.E. The Rook-directed clip sees Markman leaning on his faith in church — which he explained to 2DopeBoyz:
I didn’t get baptized until I was 22. It was after my cousin passed away and my best friend had his daughter and asked me to be Godfather. I won’t say I’m a deeply religious person, but I’ve always found comfort and peace in church. I wanted the music video to have that same peace, so I reached out to the video director Rook and he brought the song to life.
Enjoy both “I Don’t Wanna Wait” (the music video) above and Write To Dream below. Very interested to see how Rob Markman continues his journey.
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