Marky, Who?! – Interview w/ The Vibe Source pt.1
Hip-Hop just like life is ever changing, in this your here one minute and gone the next industry its difficult to be able to determine if your favorite rapper/singer is going to be around any longer. One of the most difficult transitions for an artist to bounce back from is when there’s problems @ the label, then the outcome of that situation leave’s you without a record deal. For Marky the bad problem became a good situation. Right after leaving a deal he [Marky] had with the trackboyz, almost instintly he secured a deal with studio43/SRC/Universal. Recently Marky has put out a creative piece of work with Mick Boogie. It’s a mixtape titled “Homework 4.3″. But other than that and a video he has on youtube called homework this is all we know about Marky.
Listen: Marky- Sheila
Check the interview after the jump.
O’sH: So what you got going on rite now as far as your music goes?
Marky: I got the single “Sheila” that we putting out, The Mixtape “Homework 4.3″ with Mick Boogie.
O’sH: When did you put that single out?
Marky: We put it out 2weeks ago, we havent went to radio yet. We leaked it via internet first to get a response. The response been great tho. Universal loves the record as well, so where moving forward on that.
O’sH: What record label are you signed with?
Marky: Studio 43/SRC/Universal Records…KB, Robo,Big Ken, my team.
O’sH: How long after your seperation with the Trackboyz did the deal come about?
Marky: It had to be about 3-4 months. Its was an accident too [laughs]
O’sH: So why the split with the Trackboyz?
Marky: Well basically the Trackboyz started to have issues with Atlantic Records concerning another artist they had signed and nothing was geared towards me so once my contract was up I bowed out gracefully.
O’sH: So you left before you had another deal on the table, or was you already in talks with Studio 43 as this was goin down?
Marky: I left first, then me and my manager and I took a song we had called “Cool As I Wanna Be” and came to DC with it.
O’sH: Thats wassup. So how would you describe DC’s Hip Hop scene?
Marky: The scene here is bubbling, its growing and maturing. Its a beautiful thing, the doors are really bout to open up for many others!.
O’sH: Besides you the only other person on board from the D.C area is Wale, how do you feel about that?
Marky: Its proof that it can happen if you stay persistant. We’re a Mecca City! Like [Hip Hop] it will always be here. I call the DMV the “Drive Thru” because people always come here and take bits and pieces and run off with it, you know? We gave Puffy, Biggie and them they style. Back in the day we use to rock the Gucci this, Gucci that, fine jewelry all that while Puffy had Jodeci in the sweatsuits ( the rain suits)with the timbs unlaced. Then they came here and probabIy other places too, and picked up things from the Rayful Edmonds Era of DC. I just think that we had something to do with the style then.
Like old Dougie Fresh joints, Treble Funk you know? All that stuff
O’sH: [laughs] Yea, I get you but you know that repeatition is a form of admiration so that was a good thing for D.C. But I been hearing about DMV and I finally found out what it meant, but in your words can you describe to the people how DMV came about and what it is?
Marky: The DMV came about because of how people that are from MD, DC, VA, all kinda act the same and have the same taste in music, fashion, etc. Northern VA that is and the border part of DC is parts of MD (PG Montgomery County, St. Charles County) and VA ( Alexandria and Arlington). But its all DC!, you get it? Walah….There it is!
There’s only 2 radio stations and they’re both in MD so the DJ’s just started saying “DMV,DMV,DMV!!”. Way back MD and VA agreed to give up land for DC. We have one major metro system that connect all 3 territories, hence “Metropolitan Area”. The washington Red Skins stadium is in Landover, MD
O’sH: Check you out knowing ya history and geography [laughs] Hip Hop artist for along time now have been repping where they’re from for a long time since the NWA days, Do you think that people view it as a form of seperation, since we are a culture, when we do that?
Marky: Yeah, Because we as humans are creatures of habit, We do what we are taught to do or what the masses do. ( Got that from my Big Bro KB). Were somewhat simple minded when it comes to things like that.
O’sH: But in a way do you think that by doing that that somehow were not as united as we should, or is that bringing the only form of unity we have right now [in hip hop]?
Marky: Yea reppin does sets us apart but at the sametime its a sense of pride and of ownership. I think thats us showing our “Inner creature of habit” because in sports we mostly root for our hom team because thats where were from. It makes you feel good when you rep something bigger than just you, you know?
In high school we rep our class ya know? [Laughs] Were so much better than your class cuz were ‘06, feel me [laughs]
O’sH: Yea cuz I was on of those people who was reppin my class year to the fullest
Marky: Me too…[laughs]
O’sH: Right now it seem like there are alot of people coming out at one time, what would you say would make listeners wanna listen to you over the others?
Marky: I think my energy and spirit when a person meets me is on thing. Another is my songs, I can do the back pack hippidy hoppidy flow but I’m so many Marky’s in 1 that I do it all. The song “Sheila” is a song that will be hard to compete with as far as Univeral smashes. I know I cant please everybody so it comes to a point when you have have to choose what direction your gonna go. I see myself as a household name on some Superstar ish. Not to be arrogant, but I know that more doors will opened that way and im not contridicting who I am. I cant sing or anything but I do it cuz it’s fun and its who I am.
Interview conducted & Written By, Mikeya “O’sH” Pickett