Marcus X. Taylor


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 NYC, at 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. After his arrival to New York, and subsequent firing, he then, not unlike many, became a waiter, and moved from one waiter gig to another, until finally his failing health, mounting bills, and a desire for a better life for his son, prompted him to seek out trailblazers, and commence to set fire. First through hand-
to-hand street marketing of his own music on the streets of New York City and abroad, and then founding and producing a show (Fire Your Boss presents...; Village Voice pick 2007), at the Bowery Poetry Club. Which in turn opened up doors, both literal and metaphorical. All the
while, battling addiction, eviction, and ambivalence; hoping and praying to find his way back onto the path of righteousness.

Smashwords Interview

How do you approach cover design?
Whatever captures the gist.
What do you read for pleasure?
The Bible
Esquire magazine
Rolling Stone
The Voice.
The Source
Poets & Writers
The New Yorker
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Miner* Celebrity: How an Underground Artist Found Fame in NYC.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 66,570. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry, Essay » Sociology
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.

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