We had the good fortune of connecting with Marcus Ariah and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marcus, how do you think about risk?
I think risks may be one of the most important ways to success, because usually being afraid of rejection or failure makes us quit before something even happens. We need to take risks to see an outcome whether good or bad to learn from them, while at the same time making sure they’re calculated. I’ve taken risks that made me go broke just to get some success that I’ve had, because I’m a visionary, and I love to be pro active. You may have hard and discouraging times while taking those risks, but you have to be built for it and not afraid of some sudden changes. Apply that to everything in life, but again be calculated and smart about it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a hip hop & soul artist. I speak usually in stories, past situations, and motivation pieces. I’m an artist that knows even though I come from an environment of drugs, violence, gangs, etc. I don’t have to always become a product of my environment so I talk about how I’m tryna get out and get away. Although I love the culture, it could be stressful forreal. I like to keep a balance like yea I’m a cool dude, but I’ll take it there if I have to protect myself, but still keep it cool. I got to where I’m at now by stating consistent and persistent, I never quit. I’ve been discouraged but I still break through that wall and somehow still see hope. So I make sure I study marketing, engineering skills, editing skills, and push doing it yourself, so you don’t need a middle man. It definitely isn’t easy because with music in general there’s no blueprint and I didn’t really have anybody to guide me but keepin my ears to the streets and learning from the people before me. I learned on the way that you just gotta keep grinding, gotta eat, sleep, and breathe your passion. When you wake up you wanna feel so confused as to why you’re not where you wanna be YET…that you always think about the next move. Don’t get too consumed where you go into a funk, but also don’t get too comfortable. Balance. Make sure you hustle, but also make sure you get outside sometimes to step away from your passion so you can come back to talk about it in your music. When I leave the world I just want people to know how hard I went and that I loved everyone around me that went hard for me.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would bring them to the mountains cause where I’m from we don’t have those and I love the rooftop parties, the tacos, and the hibachi trucks
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I wanna shout out God of course, cause without him/her, I’d be nothing. My moms will always get a shoutout cause she never shut my dreams down along with my little sister that always keeps me motivated. I wanna shout out my lady cause she’s been through a lot of my highs and lows throughout my journey and is still here with me, she gives me ideas, helped me grow, a lot where I wouldn’t know where I’d be at without her. My dogs, my brothers, my team, Goodfellas Co, we LLC’d UP! We built this foundation together and its always lit doing everything with your best friends. And I wanna shout out the people that been supporting me since I started making music.
Photo by Jasmine Rose @ro_jsmn