Mark DeCristoforo

Mark DeCristoforo

BandHip HopSinger/Songwriter

Average white dude, double masters degree high school Math teacher and fball coach, Rap Fanatic Mag n Sucker Free Showcase winner,17g+ album sales, #1 underground video in the WORLD, 100+ coast2coast shows(including Knitting Factory Hollywood n CBGBs NYC), Local Magazine Coverboy,"UNDERGROUND KING"

Biography

This Bio was written by Paul Cantor.
"New York is the city of dreams, but for aspiring rapper from Staten Island, it took one nightmarish moment- the terrorist attacks on 9/11- to fuel his entire career.
Seven years ago, the graduate at the top of his biz school with a double masters degree, Mark D was working on Wall Street, but after seeing death and destruction, he decided his artistry needed to be exposed before it was too late.
So he started taking hip-hop more seriously, and after appearing on a HOT97 On The Come Up mixtape in 2005, he spent the next year in a Staten Island recording studio crafting his debut album, The Voice Of My Tears. The album sold over 15 thousand copies, earning him a gold plaque. Through performances at the Sucker Free Showcases in New York, he was spotted by countless record label reps, and invited to the Left Coast, where he was the featured act at LA’s famed Knitting Factory.
Mark D’s unique brand of rap meshes singing and harmony with brutally honest lyrics. His style is as diverse as his influences ranging from Springsteen and Billy Joel, to Public Enemy and the Fugee's. At his least he is unique and a breath of fresh air in the hip hop game. He’s now preparing to release his 2nd LP, Blast4Me, which he created all while being filmed by an independent documentary team. Acting as his own manager, promoter, publicist, Mark D is one-man music industry wrecking crew. Itunes calls him the “Great White Hype.” The streets, however, say he’s hip-hop’s last hope"
-Paul Cantor XXL Magazine, MTV.com Sucker Free Blog (2008)

Discography

Zudu Records presents "The Blessing" (2002)
Zudu Records presents "Legitimate" (2005)
NYC Hot 97.1 "On the Come Up Mixtape" (2005), major radio stations mixtape of the best unsigned artisit NYC had to offer, made it as the "token" white m.c., "Mockingbird Freestyle" became the largest selling song off of the mixtape.
Mark D "The Voice of My Tears "(2006), on the heels of the mixtape success had the opportunity to make first solo mixtape, available on iTunes, songs propelled to national recognition 17,000 plus physical copies sold and counting.
Shady Records Street Radio (2006), selected a song called "If I ever Blow Up" from the Voice of my Tears to be part of this national mixtape. Song became my most popularly downloaded song.
Blast4Me(2008) first full length album (yet to be released digitally), already has produced me a Magazine Cover, rave reviews, featured act at the University of Delaware and the #1 video in the world on October 31st on www.worldstarhihop.com (and its not even out yet). Trying to expand the brand into festivals. Weve been on local college Radio and Hot 97.
Projected Mixtape Volume 1 (2007) "Paradox of Time", Projected Mixtape Volume 3 (2008) "Blast4ME", featured on these two mixtapes by the Projectivity movement, a national group consisting of united hip hop artists with a positive message, featuring noted artists such as Remedy, NYOIL, and Akrobatik. Blast4Me was noted as a "top 3" in written reviews of the 70 projectivity tracks!

Set List

the set list is always changing, the most recent set was at an album release party and it was basically parts of every song on the new album for almost 90 minutes. Here is a more typical set that we did on 10/11 at the University of Delaware:

Blast4Me
WonbyOne
NO PLAY
How Many (freestyle)
La Da
Addict
If I ever blow up
Mafia

about 45 minutes