Marcus Smith is a rapper, singer, and songwriter born and raised in Cleveland, OH. After 15 years in hip-hop bands Black & Broke and SANKURO, Smith is now navigating the music scene as a solo artist.
“Music is such an important part of my family, with all of my 9 siblings involved in music in some shape or form. I love that I can make the music that I love while representing the Smith family name; specifically honoring my dad and older brother by way of our shared name Marcus.”
Smith is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist. Starting with piano when he was 14, he learned a new instrument each summer for five years, including guitar, bass, ukulele, and drums. His major influences range from Gym Class Heroes and Lenny Kravitz to Childish Gambino and Bruno Mars.
“I want to be the first name that comes to mind when you think of rapping guitarists”
After a musician residency at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a feature on multi- platinum rapper Asher Roth’s album The Greenhouse Effect vol. 3 in 2021, Marcus has just released his sophomore album. The title, Unique Mélange, is a perfect description of the body of work as Marcus pulls influence from many different genres. The album’s lead-off singles include the UK Garage style She Don’t Care and the Alternative Hip- Hop Day After Day. “Sandwiches” a Hip-Hop/Rock fusion and ode to everyone’s favorite lunch food, a bonus track on the album, was the third single released.
While most artists would slow down after releasing an album, Smith is already knee deep into his next 4 projects: A joint EP with Jean Kong (Cleveland, hip-hop/r&b artist and producer), a joint project with Tracee Shade (a Buffalo native producer and rapper), a joint project with JAMPOP (Cleveland based Pop Singer), and a 3rd studio album, a concept album, tentatively titled “Turtle Beach.”
Unique Mélange is available on all streaming platforms and can be purchased at the website www.marcussmithmusic.com
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