Marlo Smith, New York rapper and former TuneCore “Warmth Seekers” contest winner in April 2020, joined DJ Paul and Odalys in a brand new episode of Mafia Radio to debate his grind as an impartial artist, his upcoming album, legends within the rap sport, the drill scene in New York Metropolis, and a shared love for Kanye West, regardless of the controversy surrounding him.
The rapper is proudly impartial, with distribution via TuneCore, a relationship that has resulted in its personal rewards, to not point out, the truth that Smith maintains full management and possession of his music. Talking on the impartial distribution platform, Smith stated, “I’ve a relationship there that is tremendous real, they usually actually care about taking my craft to the following stage. They usually even have plenty of reporting stuff, backend analytics, to indicate you the place your followers at, the place that cash coming in, all that stuff that you just want.” Smith will not be lacking out on a cent, saying, “They only added TikTok a number of months in the past, after it began blowing up like loopy. Even Instagram now, while you doing the tales.”
Whereas Smith grew up in Florida, the historical past and power of NYC runs in his blood and shines via in his music. Veteran artists nonetheless closely affect the style at present, and DJ Paul took this under consideration, asking Marlo how he feels about youthful artists not essentially remembering or respecting their elders.
The rapper informed DJ Paul that on the finish of the day, it’s disrespect. “Even when it wasn’t in rap it might be disrespect since you’re taught to respect your elders,” Smith stated. “You come from someplace; It’s ignorant to suppose that the factor you’re doing is the one factor that’s been completed.” Smith carried on mentioning that whether or not younger artists imagine it or not, they’re nonetheless standing on a basis that OG rappers constructed.
Whereas discussing tendencies and influences in rap, Odalys talked about the fast development of the drill scene in New York. Based on the rapper, there isn’t a spot you possibly can go with out listening to drill music, and he believes the late Pop Smoke took it to a completely totally different stage. DJ Paul chimed in and talked about the film he starred in earlier than his dying, Boogie, set to hit theatres on March 5, and questioned about the kind of affect he would’ve had on the rap group if he had been nonetheless alive at present.
The Mafia Radio hosts and Marlo clearly imagine he was about to take over as an actor as nicely. “I see plenty of 50 in him,” Smith added.
DJ Paul went on to speak about his love and respect for Kanye, as each an artist and as a style icon. The hosts introduced up Kanye’s significance to the style trade and the standard of Yeezy footwear.
“Yeah you possibly can work out in them, step out within the membership in them,” Smith added. “Them issues is severe.”