With albums slated to drop in the first half of 2008, San Francisco based, independent label, SMC Recordings continues to diversify and grow. Formed in 2005, SMC will get a further boost on May 13th with the release of Killer Mike’s ‘I Pledge Allegiance To The Grind II’.
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2 Pistols, formerly known as Jeremy Lamont Saunders, is an 80's baby who has kept his eye on the prize while facing many obstacles. Growing up in Florida, 2 Pistols promoted hip-hop parties and concerts in the Tampa Bay Area. A self-proclaimed hustler, 2 Pistol’s subject matter deals with his history as a drug dealer and the daily struggle of street life.
Its been nearly a year since Marvin aka ‘Marvin The Martian’ released ‘I Hate My Job’… Since then, he’s signed a major label deal with Universal’s new label NoCarbon Records, spent the summer in Bristol recording a ground-breaking album, lined up the first single for 3rd December, made a video with indie director Paul Morricone in Leeds and has just been confirmed as support on the forthcoming Lethal Bizzle headline tour… So much news in one go, here’s a breakdown…
Coming out of Brixton, Marvin (formerly Marvin The Martian), first came to light whilst working in the rap crew Why Lout? Their producer, Jack Nimble twisted the Art Brut track ‘Emily Kane’ into the now infamous ‘Stay Off The Kane’ featuring Marvin’s vocals and popped it onto their mixtape, unwittingly creating the first grime vs. indie crossover.
Paving the way for what is being called Grindie (Grime meets Indie), Marvin the Martian stands at the fore front of modern alternative music. Similarly to acts like the Streets, Bloc Party, Sway, Dizzee Rascal and Lethal B, Marvin the Martian’s genre bending, unconformist approach to his music is refreshing and incredibly clever, as he is able to appease all sections of his diverse fan base. Marvin’s uncompromising lyrics and gripping stories of authentic events in his life make his music all the more appealing.
With more and more new British hip hop acts emerging, it is becoming harder for groups to make a substantial impact when they first hit the scene. All newcomers dream of their tunes getting airplay on the radio and good reviews in the press;