Marco Pavé
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Marco Pavé

Memphis, Tennessee, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | INDIE

Memphis, Tennessee, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2013
Solo Hip Hop Singer/Songwriter

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May
26
Marco Pavé @ The New Daisy Theatre

Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Memphis, Tennessee, USA

May
10
Marco Pavé @ Minglewood Hall's 1884 Lounge

Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Apr
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Marco Pavé @ Memphis rehersal complex

Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Memphis, Tennessee, USA

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Marco Pavé unloads “Black Tux”, the latest leak from the Memphis recording artist turned social activist, off his forthcoming Perception EP. Stream it below! - See more at: http://unsignedheat.com/2015/09/04/new-music-marco-pave-black-tux/#sthash.qqMtl9sR.G6F5g8UI.dpuf - Q


Backed by a classic Curtis Mayfield sample, Memphis recording artist turned social activist Marco Pavé unloads the latest leak from his forthcoming Perception EP. “Black Tux”, produced by frequent collaborator Kenny Wayne, is a soulful banger that captures Marco’s both personal and political frustrations. With a declarative hook that states, “please understand the basics/this black tux costs cheaper at Macy’s/put us in the basement deeper than Anne Frank/seek to keep us down but this crown no erasing.”, it’s very clear that Pavé isn’t limiting his teachings to the classroom.
Marco on the record: -


Marco Pavé unloads “Black Tux”, the latest leak from the Memphis recording artist turned social activist, off his forthcoming Perception EP. Stream it below! - D Dot Omen


Following in the footsteps of legendary hip hop artists like Killer Mike and 9th Wonder, Marco has taken hip hop to college campuses nationwide, lecturing at major colleges and universities including UCLA, University of Cincinnati, Rhodes College, and University of Memphis. Marco was also selected for the inaugural Tedx Memphis event. How many hip hop artist you know that are doing Tedx talks? - Ryan Fionda


Memphis rapper Marco Pavé drops off a Curtis Mayfield-sampling single “Black Tux,” produced by frequent collaborator Kenny Wayne. This song will appear on Marco’s forthcoming Perception EP. - Kyle Fall


I think it safe to say that I can call this dude the “Heart Of Memphis”, cause if that’s not what he is now, that’s definitely what he’ll be. Marco pavé is not the typical rapper from Memphis. Its about more than cars clothes women drugs and guns.. its about a message spreading the message to the youth and peers of what’s really going on in Marco’s world and the world of those who can relate. Listen to one of the Hardest artist on they grind. I can’t even single one of these freestyles out, cause they both the truth. I can only say that listen and you’ll see what homie is destined for. Follow Marco pavé at @kingofmarco - Bonafide Blog


Up and coming emcee Marco Pavé is out to prove that he is more than just cars, clothes, women and drugs with the his new freestyle titled "Pavé's Ambition". - a girl and her Hip hop


Who is Maco pave' - Hype Magazine


Stream “Black Tux” below and be sure to add it to your iTunes collection when it goes on sale September 21st. Perception is on the way! - Jay Thursday


“Black Tux” is the first single off Memphis native Marco Pavé’s new EP Perception. The powerful record is a soulful banger that captures and interweaves both personal and political frustrations. Produced by long-time collaborator and artist Kenny Wayne, the song features Wayne’s signature twist on classic 70s soul, sampling Curtis Mayfield’s “We Who Are Darker Than Blue.” - Rocko Rathon


Stream Black Tux! - Michael At


Memphis emcee turned social activist Marco Pave is back today with a new release. “Black Tux” serves as the latest leak from his upcoming Pereception EP. Backed by a classic Curtis Mayfield sample, Marco expresses both his personal and political frustrations on the track. - Kaitlyn


Stream “Black Tux” below and be sure to add it to your iTunes collection when it goes on sale September 21st. Perception is on the way! - Jonathan Wigfall


Stream “Black Tux” below and be sure to add it to your iTunes collection when it goes on sale September 21st. Perception is on the way! - Jonathan Wigfall


Marco Pavé borrows the emotive instrumentation of Curtis Mayfield’s “We Who Are Darker Than Blue” to add more weight to his impassioned narrative on “Black Tux.”

Produced by Kenny Wayne, the song compares the struggles of an artist in today’s day and age to the deeper rooted struggle of communities in color, which we can still see to this day.

Stream “Black Tux” below. - Micheal C Clark


Backed by a classic Curtis Mayfield sample, Memphis recording artist turned social activist Marco Pavé unloads the latest leak from his forthcoming Perception EP. “Black Tux”, produced by frequent collaborator Kenny Wayne, is a soulful banger that captures Marco’s both personal and political frustrations. - Jake Crates


Stream Black Tux Below - Q


MEMPHIS NATIVE MARCO PAVÉ GETS CLASSY ON “BLACK TUX” - The Source


"I wrote Black Tux shortly after the murder of Mike Brown. For me, Black Tux is a metaphor for how America views black bodies and treat black lives. I considered it my offering to the Black Lives Matter movement, and I hope that it can go down in history as one of the great protest songs that are coming out around this time." -


Black Tux” is the first single off Memphis native Marco Pavé’s new EP Perception. The powerful record is a soulful banger that captures and interweaves both personal and political frustrations. Produced by long-time collaborator and artist Kenny Wayne, the song features Wayne’s signature twist on classic 70s soul, sampling Curtis Mayfield’s “We Who Are Darker Than Blue. - Vick Slate


Tedx Talk - Maria My-My


Marco Pavé Releases Powerful First Single “Black Tux” - Sav Britt


MEMPHIS’ MARCO PAVÉ EXPLAINS HOW HIP-HOP SAVED HIS LIFE TO TEDX AUDIENCE - Ayara


Memphis artist Marco Pavé drops off his new single “Black Tux” featuring production by Kenny Wayne. The record is inspired by 70’s soul and samples Curtis Mayfield‘s “We Who Are Darker Than Blue.” Marco‘s raps are nothing short of phenomenal and the overall sound is reminiscent to what we got from Kanye West on his first two albums, College Dropout and Late Registration. Marco Pavé protests with his rhymes and represents black youth on the track, which he says is in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and a metaphor for how America views black bodies and treats black lives. That being said, Black Tux is worth the listen and Marco Pavé is worth your time.
Read more at http://rapdose.com/2015/09/14/marco-pave-black-tux/#pYAsEeOQglSUL5ho.99 - Kenny


Memphis native Marco Pavé’s recently released single “Black Tux”, the first drop off his new EP Perception. The Kenny Wayne - produced soulful banger captures and interweaves both personal and political frustrations. infused with a classic sample from Curtis Mayfield’s “We Who Are Darker Than Blue.” On "Black Tux", Marco highlights the struggles of the artist to live out his dream run parallel to the collective frustration of communities of color, and black communities in particular, over inequality. - Kdough


“Black Tux” is the first single off Memphis native Marco Pavé’s new EP Perception. -


Memphis native Marco Pavé’s recently released single “Black Tux”, the first drop off his new EP Perception. The Kenny Wayne – produced soulful banger captures and interweaves both personal and political frustrations. infused with a classic sample from Curtis Mayfield’s “We Who Are Darker Than Blue.” On “Black Tux”, Marco highlights the struggles of the artist to live out his dream run parallel to the collective frustration of communities of color, and black communities in particular, over inequality. - Awesomeness


Memphis’ Marco Pavé Explains How Hip-Hop Saved His Life To TEDx Audience - Peggy Wade


Hip-hop artist and activist Marco Pavé cannot be put in a box. - Taya Flores


The Musical Journey Of Local Artist Marco Pave -


Guest column: City deserves political leadership that is poised to invest creatively in the arts - Marco Pavé


Looking to the hip hop charts this week, Prof was No. 1 for the second week, while Roots Manuva moved to No. 3 from No. 8 last week. Marco Pave jumped from No. 17 to No. 4, claiming the status of top mover while the top debut was No. 17, Pausemc. - CMJ


Where hip-hop and activism come together, you’ll find Memphis, Tenn., native Marco Pavé.

In his game-changing TEDx talk, “Hobbyist to Lobbyist,” he takes the audience on a journey, using rap lyrics to tell a story of life in inner-city America. He talks about funding for the arts in schools and how art can make a difference in social change. - Shanita Hubbard


Astoundingly good sonically, definitely a set of anthems for self-inspiration and refreshingly celebrates the pillars of Hip-Hop in its storytelling. Production was cleverly interspersed with in your face commentary type skits which synched perfectly with the intervals on the track. Marcos Pavé is a problem…a great one. Looking forward to his continued contributions to the culture. - Jerry Doby


Marco Pavé crushed it this week and went on to win this round of The Freshmen. “Black Tux” will be added into full rotation next week. Congrats, Marco Pavé, and a huge thanks to all the artists and fans that voted. - MTV


Listen to "Marco Pave: Beats 1 News Interview" by Apple Music on Apple Music. - Apple Music


Ebro Darden Premiered Black Tux on Apple Music - Apple Music


I headed over to Aquarium on the dreaded Sixth Street for the Catalyst PR and Third String Productions to check out emerging hip-hop artist Marco Pavé. Pavé is part rapper, part activist, addressing society’s issues through his songs in a way that all at once distressing and encouraging. He’s got a powerful voice, and he commands the room when he uses it.—Emily McBride - Paste Magazine


Discography

Mixtape: Obscure Reality (March, 2014) 

Single: Cake (January, 2015)

Single: Black Tux (September, 2015)

EP: Perception (November, 2015)

Mixtape: Jordan Year Vol 2 (January 2016)


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Bio

Marco Pavé is Project Pat meets KRS-One, spitting an urban country consciousness with a confidence that could only emerge from coming of age as a Muslim millennial in North Memphis. As a rapper and songwriter, Marco Pavé appeals to a diversity of rap enthusiasts, from purists to radio lovers to hipsters, with a soulful style of hip-hop storytelling and community engagement that appeals to racially and geographically diverse millennial audiences. Marco’s lyrics are often painting pictures with his songs. Marco’s content is abundant yet both understandable and relevant, speaking on topics fans would agree are distressing and all too common in the life of a person his age in today’s society, using these experiences to encourage others like him to persevere.  As a sought-after public speaker in community and university contexts, he lectures on hip-hop and conducts workshops on hip-hop and social justice.

Marco Pavé has been building a solid profile for a couple years now. In 2014, he released his first mixtape, Obscure Reality, which was positively reviewed on several blogs. Based on his incredible live performances and the early positive reception of his mixtape, he was invited to perform at SXSW. Next, he was invited to Los Angeles to record an EP with Grammy-nominated producer Haskel Jackson, Memphis native and prolific Grammy-winning producer Carlos Broady, and Grammy-winning engineer James Hunt. His most loyal fans even donated over $3,000 to send Marco to LA to record this project.
 

Radio Rahim Music released Marco’s current project, the EP Perception, in November 2015. With this release Pavé has gained attention from nationally recognized online publications such as The Source, Soul Train, AllHipHop, and more. Hip Hop scholar Mark Anthony Neal has given Marco the seal of approval through his blog, NewBlackMan. Beyond Internet buzz, Pavé has made a huge debut and impact on college radio. Perception debuted at #24 on the College Music Journal (CMJ) charts and reached the #4 position by its third week. Over 90 stations from Canada to the USA have picked up the EP. Perception was also named one of the top ten albums in Memphis music by their paper of record, The Commercial Appeal. 

“Pursuing this goal of making music be my full time career, there were many many doubts that people placed on me. I turned all that into power.”
— Marco Pavé

Marco’s rap bona fides are bolstered by his community activist work. He is involved in a number of community improvement initiatives, from literacy campaigns to calls for neighborhood investment. Marco created “Books on Beale,” an annual benefit concert that promotes literacy in Memphis and surrounding areas. 2013’s concert featured over a dozen local acts and brought together over $20,000 in resources. For his efforts, Marco had the library at Crosstown Arts’ Storybooth, which encourages literacy and academic success for at-risk students in the North Memphis community, named for him. 
 Pavé believes, "As an artist, it is important to that all artists have the resources to succeed and the professionalization that will allow them to be successful, and I believe strongly that municipal government and non-profit organizations should position themselves to help artists, given the social good of art and its economic value." For his work in this area, he was invited to give two TEDx talks: at Memphis’s inaugural TEDx event, he spoke on “Arts Entrepreneurship in Memphis: From Hobbyists to Lobbyists”; in Nashville, he advocated for the state to invest more in the arts, and in hip-hop in particular, with “Hip-Hop As High Art: Broadening the Scope of Arts in Tennessee.

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