Hell’s Kitchen native and bar heavy rapper, Marlon Craft released his debut album, Funhouse Mirror on all platforms on Tuesday (Jun 18). The album takes a deep dive into self-reflection and breaking the mirrors with knowing who he is based on what he cannot see. The 13-track project features live instrumentation and highlighted production comes from heavyweights like: Statik Selektah, DJ Green Lantern & Black Milk. Craft kicked off the album with the single “Shallow” featuring Dizzy Wright and a DJ Skizz production.
Also, off the album, Craft released the controversial song and video addressing America’s institutional racism in “Gang Shit,” produced by Arbus Beats. The provocative song generates conversation around the brand of problematic gang mentality, groupthink and how toxic masculinity manifests itself. The visual, directed by Nathan R. Smith (2 Chainz, T.I., Joey Bada$$, Mick Jenkins) uses poignant imagery of the police and the KKK as some of America’s gangs. Rapper T.I. stated the video was “powerful” while Killer Mike supported Craft in calling him an “ally.” Even activist, Shaun King chimed in on the discussion surrounding the video.
The 26 year old started 2019 strong with WORKWEEK, a series of public events held throughout NYC focusing on social issues within the justice system, the mental health system and the education system. Marlon continues to lead with his pen and technical ability, weaving advanced wordplay in a multitude of deliveries. His music is driven at awakening listeners with punch lines and motivational bars. You can catch Marlon Craft live in NYC on July 11th @ SOB’s.
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