Miner* Celebrity: How an underground artist found fame in NYC.
Chronicles some of the events and episodes leading up to Marcus Taylor aka Marvalous, successfully selling his music on the streets of NYC for 7 years. Included in his many supporters are an inordinate amount of celebrities, along with some not as recognized, but none-the-less interesting characters. This so-called underground emcee relates amusing, sobering, and insightful recollections. More
Marcus Xavier Taylor, was born on September 18, 1971 in Utica, New York. However his arrival to New York City was a gradual one; a sort of geographical putting of his big toe in the water. First immediately after being released from the Downstate Correctional Facility, he relocated to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. where he spent much of his time holding down various odd jobs, and trying to match wits, and pool sticks with the college kids. Then after a short stay in Newark, New Jersey, and a brief return to Utica, N.Y. he finally made his way down to New York City, around the turn of the Century. Where he continued for a short while as a car salesman in the Bronx, all the while never abandoning his dream of being a Hip-Hop artist.
Marcus Xavier Taylor aka Marvalous was the featured artist in The Source Magazine's Unsigned Hype in April of 2003. Previous artist featured were; Biggie Smalls, Eminem, Common, DMX, and Proof to name just a few.
This after having been also featured on the D&D Project 2 album alongside Guru of Gangstarr, Sean Price, Agallah, R.A. the RUGGED MAN, Afu-Ra, Tony Touch, and Scram Jones, ET AL in 2002.
He can be heard as well on Scram Jone's Loose Cannons LP, along with other artists such as; TI, Sean Price, Saigon, Jim Jones, Camron, Immortal Technique, Nature, and Jae Mills.
Marvalous was also featured on the Heineken music sampler with Scram Jones in 2003, and featured on Soul Purpose's, Let's go Remix, Coup de tat, as well in 2003 w/ Scram Jones & C-Rayz Walz.
Shortly afterward in 2005 he started to Independently put out his own albums: "The Wonder Years", and "The Unbearable Lightness of Being..." . He has sold numerous copies of both CD's and Vinyl to patrons from all over the globe. Marvalous' songs (MBS b/w U Oughta Know) were also released by AV8 records in 2005 under the name "Marvo".
He has been featured on nearly all of Scram Jones' Beast Music mixtapes(Beast Mode Pt 1,2, & 3, and the Fighting Words series). Marvalous can also be heard on Grandmaster Roc Raida's Champion Sounds LP in 2005 w/ Scram Jones.
He's Performed at the Apollo, Joe's Pub ,SOB's, The Knitting Factory, South Paw, the Bowery Poetry Club, The Annex, Kenny's Castaways, Baby Jupiter, Pianos, Nuyorican Poets Cafe,The Pyramid , The Asterik, The Five Spot, Smoke Jazz Club, and The Highline Ballroom where he not only opened up for Ultramagnetic MC's, but went on to book his very own "Fire Your Boss presents", at the Highline Ballroom in August of 2012.
He has performed at The River to River Fest, and at The Utica Music festival. He was a featured performer at CUNY's ON The The Edge: Transgression and The Dangerous Other, along with Amiri Baraka, Baba Israel, and Ms. Jerri Lorell in August of 2007, plus a host of other venues including The Winston Hotel (Amsterdam, Holland in 2003), and Don Ho's (Honolulu, HI. 2008).
In 2008, Marvalous had the privilege of opening up for the legendary emcee, Rakim at The Knitting Factory and from 2007-2012 he produced , promoted, and performed at his very own event (Fire Your Boss presents...) here in New York City, where he enjoyed a residency at both the Knitting Factory, and the Bowery Poetry Club. The event featured artists, both signed and unsigned, major and independent such as; Large Professor, Just-Ice, Lord Jamar, The Juggaknots, Camp Lo, Elle Varner, Telli (Ninjasonik), Childish Gambino, Immortal Technique, The Republic of Loose, Theo Eastwind, and Hakim of Channel Live, to name a few more.
In 2010 he was featured on MTV's Rap Fix Live by Sway, while receiving a positive critique by former Interscope Recording artist, Soulja Boy.