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MARLON CRAFT
Songbyrd Presents
Downstairs, All Ages


DOORS: 7:00 PM // SHOW: 8:00 PM

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Songbyrd Presents

Saturday September 2, 2017

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In the face of 1,001 sub-genres and new musical movements popping up every week, the definition of what is or isn’t hip-hop has been reduced to a visceral feeling, a sensation of familiarity and a deep connection to authenticity. Maybe the initial definition never mattered in the first place, as art has no need for categorization, but when we think of hip-hop, we think of a very specific set of feelings, and Hell's Kitchen, NYC emcee Marlon Craft’s music elicits those feelings.

Marlon quickly became a Booth-favorite after appearing countless times on TeamBackPack, including an absolutely fire contribution for our TPB-assisted Audiomack cypher in February.

"I have so much pride in being from New York, but it’s because of the people that live here—the people make New York what it is," Craft explained via email. "I want to be an artist for the people, that as many different kinds of people can appreciate, and that speaks to things that we all care about and understand.”

It’s this kind of enlightened balance that informs Marlon’s music as well as his outlook on his career.

Marlon can indeed rap his ass off, but it’s his wise-beyond-his-years approach that will ultimately act as the rocket fuel for his career. He’s well aware of the preconceived perceptions he’ll garner as a white kid from Hell’s Kitchen, but it’s his vision of a landscape where those descriptors mean nothing that inspired his latest project.