Marvel The GR8
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Marvel The GR8

Los Angeles, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2009 | SELF

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2009
Solo Hip Hop EDM




"Marvel The GR8 - "Gourmet" on DIPLO & Friends"

Marvel the GR8 has been hard at work pushing his album “GR8? since its release in march. Over the weekend the Major Lazer general Diplo premiered Marvel’s J. Hyphen produced lead single “Gourmet” on his weekly 98.7fm radio broadcast “Diplo and Friends”. Marvel has also been added to the LA stop of Fabolous and Pusha T’s “Life is so exciting” tour at Club Nokia May 17th. -

"Live Reviews : Marvel the GR8"

Material: Pomona, CA, has developed a new leader for West Coast hip-hop music.Marvel the GR8 embodies a performer with a comical yet serious attitude, who’s prepared for any celebratory occasion. Best known as an opening act for major artists such as the Game and DJ Quik, Marvel’s witty wordplay is constantly matched with percussion and bass, while keyboards and samplers steadily balance his overall sound.

Performance: It was clear within seconds of show time that the energized and faithful audience at Club Nokia was in capable hands and would be treated to a shared party of culture and inspiration. Marvel gave an exciting performance featuring two DJs that fed off each other’s musical energy. In fact, both looked like they were having the time of their lives. Marvel’s collaborators Random Citizens also made a guest appearance during the set.

Summary: With the recent release of Marvel’s LP entitled GR8, things are coming together rather quickly for this talented emcee. A music video for “She’s a Fox” shows the many characteristics and cinematic ranges that Marvel can deliver. This year has proved to be a leap forward year for the witty Marvel and his crew; and flair like this doesn’t stay unseen for very long. – Adam Seyum - Music Connection Magazine


Hitchhikers Guide To Insanity [2011]
GR8 [2013]
PostModern Ignorance [Coming Soon 2015]



The pursuit of mastering one's craft is a complicated day-to-day struggle, an eternal fluctuation of love and hate that few have the bearing to endure. For Michael Rios, the 27-year-old rap auteur known by many as Marvel the GR8, that pursuit is what makes this life so exciting.

Rios began writing poetry at the age of 12 as a vehicle of expression for the emotions of adolescence, which quickly manifested itself as a passion in high school as he participated in rap battles and freestyle sessions under a moniker inspired by his love for comics, culminating in the creation of the group The Circuit with two of his childhood friends from Pomona, California.

The Circuit was the seed from which Marvel's 'GR8-tivity' spawned, a project that allowed his voice to gain its vigor and his ego its clout. The group released a mixtape in 2008 hosted by Mick Boogie entitled For Promotional Use Only, which is a point of reference for the countless thematic influences of Marvel's sound.

In 2010 Marvel took arguably the largest step in his career to date, when he formed the Random Citizens collective with hip-hop heads Danny Parra, Brian Polar, and Brian Vazifdar, his closest friends at Loyola Marmount University and most valued collaborators. After graduating with a degree in English, Marvel used his expertise in wordplay to fuel the next stage of his career, releasing 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to Insanity' a catalyst for his notoriety on internet music outlets such as AllHipHop and Mad Decent.

Following the critical success of 'Insanity' he released 'GR8', an ambitious 8-track LP that expands on a high point in creativity and establishes Marvel as an enigmatic force in contemporary rap music. The album itself has four independent music videos to accompany it, a testament to Marvel's vision as a virtuoso of multi-media.

To truly understand Marvel's brilliance, however, is to witness his live performance. A gifted performer has the ability to captivate any given audience, and Marvel does just that on countless occasions and at nearly every venue available in Los Angeles: from an intimate music festival in a warehouse district alley to the bright lights of LA Live in front of hundreds at Club Nokia. He also recently got added to the Rock the Bells 2013 lineup for being the Los Angeles Battle of the Bells Champion. A (short) list of artists he's performed with sounds like an all-star Spotify playlist, including Diplo, The Game, Pusha T, Fabolous, Too Short, DJ Quik, Cam-Ron, Mos Def, E-40, and J. Cole to name a few.

Marvel's stage presence is the thespian equivalent of a rousing Act V monologue, with a unique delivery that lies somewhere between spoken word and nightclub one-liners at 3 am. Whichever ways Marvel wants you take him seriously are the same ways he wants to make you laugh, a dynamic persona that doesn't rely on fake swagger or uninspired simile to evoke respect. Marvel's upward trajectory makes him one of the most exciting young artists Los Angeles has to offer, and only time will determine the extent of his GR8ness.

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