Marlon Craft, born and raised in NYC, is an amazing lyrical boom-bap rapper that you should give a listen to if that's your thing. His songs are heavy on story-telling and political issues, but still have smooth instrumentals and jazzy influence. He isn't letting his degree in Urban Education & Social Justice go to waste, as he is using his platform to try to relay important messages to the public/youth. Seeing a picture of Craft you would be surprised, he's breaking the normal hip-hop mold by being a white college grad who isn't scared to touch on issues that normally aren't addressed by people like him. Craft's fanbase is growing daily, and his message in his music isn't something to ignore. Check out his newest album Funhouse Mirror below.
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To further show how important his songs can be, his song "Gang Shit" focuses on the inequality of standards that people are being held to in society. He highlights three different groups, the police force, the KKK, and a gang banger. Craft points out the fact that its become normalized having people die from cop shootings but no punishment, or KKK rallies and violent protests but no action taken, except when a gang member partakes in violence they receive the harshest sentence. The song is very strongly worded and every line has thought and power to it. Marlon Craft is doing what he can to give his view on the country as it is today, and whether you agree with it or not, his music and lyrical ability is impressive on its own.
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Kyle Sobieski is a digital content producer and founder of First State Studios. With a background in music and songwriting under the pseudonym Pierce Frolic, Kyle personally knows the amount of work and determination that goes into becoming an artist of any medium. Towards the end of high school, Kyle realized the lack of support in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware for the arts and underground talents. So he began digging deeper into the lives of local artists, and thus, First State Studios was born. Sobieski has a diverse musical palette and loves nothing more in life than seeing people who are passionate and courageous with what they do. "It's these people who make the world a more colorful, intimate place for everybody."