A message lost on too many people, living life fast paced, just trying to survive can get you lost in the ebb n flow of society. Artists like Marko Stat$ come back around every now and again to remind us to stand still for a moment and be grateful! Because some times life does not go your way but you got to FACE IT. Coming around to to a realization from his last release ME AGAINST THE WORLD, Marko Stat$ continues to grow as an artist and even, more recently, challenges his vocal range and performance.
“Why a rapper gotta die to be famous?” chants Marko Stat$ from Uptown, Chicago ready to spit raw bars in his latest single, capable of changing paradigms! Following up after his single Never Be A Robot, he is keeping true to that ideology. Coming back with Pedal To The Medal and Dead Famous with none other than Aced Spade. Between the two tracks the lyrical versatility is as seasoned as a young veteran would be.
Marko Stat$ takes all his free-styling and storytelling experience into Pedal To The Medal. Starting with a literal story about a police encounter as a teen just learning how to ride a bike. He then blows up on the mic with intent and passion; “Its pedal to the medal for any person who’s bonafide… cycling through the cycles, recyclin’ traditions of bein crooked, had the chance and I took it… I can travel through any gravel and handle...”. So lyrically adept you cannot comprehend every word but the message is clear in bars like, “my propositiong to speak on the proper vision I stand by my composition, I pedal to be consistent“.
The introduction story can be a literal metaphor for the title or, looking deeper, the challenges POC may face reaching their medals, or potential. Unnecessary incidents towards a minors like that can influence you negatively, Marko Stat$ on the other hand is headstrong. “I don’t need me a gold medal to say Im a champ, angels watching my every move, they keepin me in check.” Referring to his late family members, his roots and his identity keeps him in focus.
Continuing with his concept of being true to himself, paving his own path rather than follow anothers image. Going over how hip hop communities are misled in Dead Famous. “Peep the cycle that they suck us in, what the fuck is up, they got us stuck… Rap should be so beautiful, f**k you think I do this for?“. Marko Stat$ is on a mission to wake up the culture and inspire with the lyrics he recites. “I’m trying to take our culture back, its full of vultures they invaded we on full attack. I break the cycle with no rifle, I can move the pack.” With a vision that clear he will not have to wait to die to get famous.
These two releases should remind you of his Marko’s abilities on the mic. He is able to tell a story and follow up with lyrics that aim to inspire, while keeping it fresh n catchy enough to bounce your head to. He also has an impressive ability to bounce between more slower beat and verses to freestyle inspired flow with bullet fast lyricism while still maintaining melodic flow to keep you hooked.
“You a cyborg. You should open up your eyes more, is this what you wanna die for, tell me what I gotta lie for?” Marko Stat$ shouts over a beat by Aced Spade. “What is your origin you probably a clone stuck on your phone”, he continues to berate the mindless as he takes aim at the age of information asking, what do we think about it? His latest release Never Be A Robot was in late November but it is infinitely relevant as he calls out social media obsessions while he avoids being apart of the matrix or a plot as much as he can focusing on his craft. Chicago takes notices too as he ends out the 2018 year with a headlining performance at Emporium in Wicker Park, marking the most live performances for him in a single year. Following an album, music video and a freestyle release, Stat$ definitely has our ears anticipating new work in this new year.
Marko Stat$ is quickly making moves after the release of his LP BEE-4 I Fly Away. He has Been moving around the city hitting random venues supporting random charities and making history as he performs. From performing a show donating money to St Marys Convent School in Nigeria to hitting Notre Dame to be the first rap artist to perform in a certain building and hitting his first cypher amongst local artists with Pink Room. Stat$ is making sure his year is going out strong.
From all this a music video dawned for the track Power from the aforementioned LP. Already having a hand full of music videos up his sleeve with a freestyle, Jubilation, Nobody and others you can see him getting used to this Power hanging around all over the city, Varisse getting all the quality shots. Cannot wait to see what the new year has in store for this artist still blooming.
Marko Stat$ from Uptown Chicago is continuing on his rise to the top with the release of his Latest EP. Bee-4 I Fly Away is a 13 track project packed with conscious lyrics, smooth beats by Aced Spade, Noize and Madbliss. Collaborations include other talented locals, Ajana Jones and Bimi. Following the release the artist showcased the EP at a release party at Iridium in Wicker Park.
The show itself was full of energy and I quickly realize there is more to Marko Stat$ and Aced Spade then just beats and lyrics! Markos character being the ambitious entrepreneur and his main producer Aced come to find out is quite the talented singer and dancer as well. Together they carry an energy that can control a crowd. With a unique flow and lyrics embodying his drive you can see the potential to control larger audiences. Purchase the EP, bump these beats, watch this young talent fly away. Be on the lookout.
Marko Stat$ and Aced Spade are quite the pair. An MC needs a good beat smith and whenever these two get together it is dynamic. Among tracks like Locomotive and Free (Moving Forward) from Aced LP Positive Vibes Only, the two prove it again with Nobody and Back To The Basics that their creativity is limitless. Stat$ with the old school free style hip hop flow, this rising artist from Uptown, Chicago is gonna show these supposed Hip Hop and Rap artists in the mainstream how its done real soon. With lyrics of passion and action.