Brooklyn rapper and Former 106 And Park Freestyle Friday winner Marc Papers.
Suge: Firstly, I would like to thank you for taking the time out to do this interview with me. We have been talking about doing this for a while. So let’s get into the first question, who is Marc Papers and where did you get the name from?
MP: I appreciate you sitting down with me. Marc Papers is an artist from New York. The name comes from my middle name Marc. I was always on the road to riches that’s why I chose the Papers part. My name is Marc and I’m getting to the bag at all times. Get Ya Papers Up the slogan comes from the same name too. It all ties into the same mission. Let’s get to the fucking bag! Shoutout to 448 Worldwide❗️
Suge: So being from Brooklyn you know the history of your hometown in regards to hip-hop right. Growing up who were some of your rap influences and idols?
MP: Absolutely. Being from BK I got to see the rap scene in two ways. I grew up watching BET every single day. MTV and VH1 came after. I also got a chance to see the NYC rap scene from the streets. You had to stay ready back then. MFs would try to battle you on ya block to try to catch you on some sleeping shit. When I was in 9th grade at Bishop Ford. Mind you, this was a catholic religious high school, they had a student cafeteria battle that changed my life. There was like 10 ppl just spitting mad bars. I had no idea so many kids were writing bars like that. It was insane❗️ I always kept the pen strong.
Suge: When did you know that you wanted to go from fan to star? Everyone has that moment that’s like, “This is what I’m going to do with my life” what was yours?
MP: I always wrote a few bars here and there as a kid in class but I wasn’t even trying to become a rapper or anything like that at first. I used to spit bars at the lunch table. We all wore Jansport’s with the click straps on it. Before I rhymed we all had to get in sync and lock-in. You had to click your Bookbag to join the cypher. Shit was mad funny son!
MySpace made me want to do it for real because they gave unsigned artists the platform to post the music. I had never seen anything like that before. I was making records and throwing them online it was fire I had to keep it going non stop after that.
Suge: So let’s talk moon vs Marc Papers on 106 & Park. You were champ for how many episodes before that battle?
MP: I had the belt for the previous week before that. Moon was my second opponent on 106.
Suge: Dope, so explain how you got there? Did you audition, did they see a video of you or hear a song? Back then social media wasn’t a thing like it is now; so how did you get the chance to be on 106 and park?
My Auntie Lorraine sent me the audition papers it was on the BET website. I had to send In some footage and they selected me to go to DC for the auditions. They put us in the room with about 150 rappers and gave us all random numbers. When it was your shot you had to battle whoever they said. You couldn’t prepare at all for your opponent. I ain’t even have anything written either. Mad heads was in that room max tense. I knew their ass was gonna fall through. I keep telling myself, some of us in this room right here gonna be on that show. And I’m a be one of them. No cap.
Suge: you and moon put on a great battle but your 106 and Park dreams didn’t pan out as you hoped, did u have any moments where you thought that music might not be the path for you? What kept you going in those moments?
MP: I ain’t gon hold you I had those moments. I had a very long career. I uploaded my first video to YouTube 14 years ago. I had a lot of moments when I wanted to pack it up. But Nah, I always keep making music because at the end of the day I enjoy what I do. Wholeheartedly matter fact. The records I make I listen to often, they mean a lot to me. So even without the fame, I still would be one of the best to ever do this music thing. I’m super happy and blessed to be in this mindset.
Suge: let’s fast forward to the present day; you have over 100 releases that you have written, engineered, and released under your “Top 5” label imprint, you’re a ghostwriter with over 10 undisclosed hit records in Europe and America, you write jingles for multiple businesses. You are a musical jack of all trades. Can you reveal some of the hits/jingles you may have written? For the artists’ privacy of course. Or at least have we heard some on our tv or radio?
MP: I wrote so many records the catalog at this point is very large and I’m proud to have it keep growing through continuously creating amazing music.
I can list one company I did a jingle for. That was the Hire App. They are based in Miami. I just did a Jingle for a vinyl wrap company based in Dubai.
There are over 70 songs currently registered under my newest publishing company Get Ya Papers Up. I plan to grow that exponentially over the next decade. Now that I’m locked into production, I can build a song from scratch and create anything. Possibilities are endless at this point.
Suge: If you had to choose your 5 best songs which 5 would they be?
Suge: we are about to wrap this up, I know you have more hits to make so just a few more questions; what would you consider the message your music relays to its listeners? When people hear your music what emotion or feelings do you want to evoke?
MP: Haha yeah, I’m always in the lab working. My music motivates. It gives energy and a voice to the ones that are underdogs. I have a come-up story, not because I was broke or I was struggling, Nah my story is for the ones that wanna be something and have a dream. That’s what the Get Ya Papers Up represents. Always go for the gusto!
Suge: what’s next on the cards for Marc Papers?
MP: I just dropped a brand new mixtape called You Already Snow Vol. 1, with my Queen DJ LA. We put together a wonderful piece of music and it’s gonna be available exclusively on MarcPapers.com on 12.12.21. Next year, now that I’m getting my Quincy Jones on, I’m gonna be producing a lot more than I step into the booth. At this point my catalog runs deep, I want to give the fans to sit and breathe on all of the content I created for them. It’s an amazing feeling.
Suge: Last question and this is the most important one. This question will give the reader an idea of who you are, so answer honestly. WAFFLES OR PANCAKES, Which one and why?
MP: They are both cool, but I’ve always been a waffles man myself. The way the syrup land on the waffle and don’t run off it’s way more fire. If they got chocolate chip waffles on the menu I’m ordering that absolutely.
Suge: Thank you brother for taking this time to chat with me. We here at 24hiphop enjoy the music you make and can’t wait to hear more from you. Take this time to promote your upcoming projects and anything else you would like to say to the readers.
MP: Thank you for having me 24 it was dope AF. Nah the only thing I wanna say is thank you. Thank you to everyone that supports my musical journey because I don’t do this for the fame. I’ve always said the same thing. I love what I create and it always has a purpose. I’m gonna keep all of this going to the highest degree.