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Arlington, Virginia, United States | MAJOR

Arlington, Virginia, United States | MAJOR
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"iLLVibes Review of "Nothing is 43ver""

In a time where mixtapes drop every minute and every hour of the day … Marky is offering something different, a mini-album. In a time where songs are crafted on a formulaic basis … Marky is offering something different: his heart on every track.

For the past couple of months this Washington, D.C. rapper has stayed out of the limelight and media attention, determined to improve and focus on his music. “Nothing is 43ver” is the result of this inspired seclusion - a project nothing short of amazing.

“When Amazing Happens” demonstrates the growth of this young artist as he lyrically maneuvers through the song with clever metaphors and similes. Similarly, “The Master Piece” showcases Marky’s diverse lyrical repertoire as he raps about the struggles of making it in this industry. He proclaims with unique introspection, “It’s seems like they are out of self / Just them alone, nobody else/ I mean you are not responsible for someone’s wealth / But it’s like we sell dreams just to charge for help.”

This is a mini-album that breaks the barriers of the so-called “DC sound” often equated with drumbeats and go-go samples. Marky is offering a multifaceted product with original beats from the mellow West Coast-sounding “Lost Vegas” supplied by DMV's own Judah to a crazy soulful sample underlying “Turnaround” (prod. by Fastrax). AB the Producer, the main producer on the project, familiarly provides an eclectic sound full of insane synths on “Delusional” and “That’s Why They Love Me.”

Standout tracks on the album are “City On My Back”, “When Amazing Happens”, and “That’s Why They Love Me.” In similar form to how Young Jeezy and Kanye West repped where they were from on “Put On”, Marky proudly exhibits his DC roots with “City On My Back.” This track goes so hard, and hopefully DC radio (come on WPGC and WKYS) can visualize the representation of this song.

Although the majority of the album has a dark and somber feel to it, “That’s Why They Love Me” provides that unique contrast with a kind of track you would listen to on a Friday night before going out, causing you to exclaim as you prep yourself: “Damn I look famous!”

This is definitely one of the best projects coming out of the DMV for a while, and I hope to see it garner the recognition it deserves. I can tell Marky is an artist who has come a long way from “Homework” to “Nothing is 43er.” Marky truly deserves that “Sweet Taste of Victory.”

Be on the lookout for the iLL Vibes exclusive video interview with Marky set for release soon (currently editing the footage). And make sure to visit Marky's blog to receive the inside scoop on each track and especially the meanings behind the imagery embedded within his pictures and mini-album artwork. - iLLVibes


"Homework 4.3" Mixtape (2008)
"Drive-Thru" Mixtape (2008)
"Nothing is 43ver" Mixtape (2009)



Marcus D. Plater, also known as Marky to the music world - a 21-year-old artist from Washington, D.C. - is at the forefront of a new wave of artists prepared to revolutionize the industry and transform the conventional approach to contemporary hip hop and its perception. With an innovative and diverse style that combines a mixture of his unique experiences, infectious charisma and personality, Marky floods every track with an impeccable delivery and peerless creativity.

Raised in Kenilworth, Washington, D.C., and heavily influenced by the District’s infamous percussion-based rhythms of “Go-Go”, Marky has also become a student of hip-hop, embracing a variety of influences. At the tender age of 11, Marky began his journey as an artist - from rapping over hip-hop classics and teaming up for a song with the legendary Erick Sermon of EPMD, to experiencing the opportunity to freestyle with Big Daddy Kane.

In a matter of time, a deafening buzz arose in the industry as heavyweights including Interscope, Atlantic Records, and Def Jam began to recognize Marky’s greatness. In 2006, Ken Williams introduced Marky to Mark “TarBoy” Williams of the St. Louis-based production duo Trackboyz, known for crafting chart topping hits for Nelly (“Air Force Ones”), Jermaine Dupri, J-Kwon ("Tipsy"), Nappy Roots, and Trina. From the moment they met Marky and heard his signature flow, the Trackboyz had no choice but to sign him to their upstart label. While with the Trackboyz, Marky learned to perfect his flow, all the while determining to return to his roots and start a movement back home in the country's capital.

Enter Kenny Burns, CEO of the boutique production label Studio 43 and music industry veteran who has worked with superstars such as Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Akon, Dream and Monica, to name a few. Upon being introduced to Marky by his sister and business partner Robin Lyon, Burns heard his sound and told Marky, “I’m going put you in the studio and see what we can come up with.”

No sooner had Marky joined the Studio 43 family than he began to make noise with the go-go anthem “Thug Passion” and opened the Scream Tour '07 in Washington, D.C., with Ciara and T.I., to name a few. He then went on to release two amazing mixtapes: Homework 4.3 and The Drive-Thru, both of which were hosted by renowned DJ Mick Boogie, who is known for his creative mixtapes with Jay-Z, Kanye West, Coldplay, Adele, Little Brother and many others. Shortly after, Marky’s first single “Sheila” caused a commotion in DC and gained some national notoriety for its original sound, so much so that it caught the attention of SRC Records chairman Steve Rifkind.

Since his signing to SRC/Universal Records, Marky has also released the highly-touted Nothing is 43ver, with the inclusion of songs incredibly different from those released in the past. "Delusional" speaks to an existential sentiment, with Marky questioning a variety of his own principles, while he then sets to reassure himself on "When Amazing Happens". As of today, Marky and Universal Records have been campaigning to release an official single off his upcoming album, Markyland, USA, with a release date to be determined.