“His story is one about the amazing results that come from artistic exploration without expectation.” – KQED
“It’s time we all get better acquainted with the one they call Marc E. Bassy.” – Okayplayer
“Marc E. Bassy is a fresh voice and one of LA’s own. He fits comfortably in the space between Frank Ocean and Mac Miller.” – LA Music Blog
“His bouncy flow channels the manic energy of Chance The Rapper; the animated style and tempered synths of “Cigarettes” could comfortably fit as a b-side to Acid Rap” – SPIN
“If you’re looking for a soulful vibe to act as the soundtrack for your summer kickbacks, get familiar with Marc E. Bassy.” – XXL
“There are no more boxes, and that’s kind of just been my manifesto,” says future RnB artist Marc E. Bassy. “No boxes, no boxes, no boxes.” Cut from a cloth similar to the likes of Frank Ocean, Drake, and Musiq Soulchild, the 2AM Club graduate is geared to embark on his solo journey, armed with a prolific pen and a mic in his hand.
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The San Francisco native was raised in a big family, where he always wanted to make his presence felt. “My mom says that I used to talk with my hands before I could even talk,” Marc recalls. “She said I would sit on the edge of her bed and just make a bunch of noise like I was talking, like I had something to say.” And he eventually did. Once the hand gestures became words, Bassy gravitated toward music. Fed a healthy diet of Bay Area rap like E-40 plus R&B like Stevie Wonder, Marc had a balance of swag and soul blaring through his speakers. As a youngster he became engrossed in basketball, but by age nine he was already writing raps. Marc enrolled in San Francisco’s competitive Waldorf School, a charter school dedicated to harnessing creativity at a young age. His childhood hit a wall, though, when his father passed away when Marc was merely 13.
Emotions were bottled, and Marc needed an outlet. “That was kind of something that made me just feel like I had to get a lot off my chest I guess,” he recalls. “I started doing this thing called Youth Speaks – it was a poetry slam back when those weren’t embarrassing.” During a school-sponsored slam, Marc met a group of young rockers, who exposed the Hip-Hop head to a whole new sound. He combined the two worlds and formed a band. “I started rap-singing like Red Hot Chili Peppers style and it was something that I didn’t tell any of my friends about,” he says. “I hid it from everybody.” His band won Battle Of The Bands competitions, he dropped out of school, pounded the pavement, formed 2AM Club and signed a deal with Sony/RCA. 2AM Club’s 2010 debut What Did You Think Was Going To Happen? reached Number 3 on the Billboard Heatseekers charts, along with their Top 40 single “Worry About You” (the video hit the million mark on YouTube). And the rest is history. Rather, it’s still being written.
2AM Club still records music, but Marc’s focus is on a full-fledged evolution of his sound. “I started off by getting back to my first love, which was Golden Age Hip-Hop and writing raps over Dilla beats,” he says. “Then I linked up with my friend, Count Bassy – he’s a producer and a designer from San Francisco (and also Marc-formerly-Griffin’s new namesake).” Beats were submitted and Marc began churning out tracks. He was in the zone. The songwriting was omnipresent, as he’s penned cuts for popstress PIA MIA, plus writing on songs for 2Chainz and Sean Kingston, the latter scoring a hit single “Beat It” with Chris Brown and Wiz Khalifa, co-written by Marc.
To whet the palates of 2AM Club fans and future Marc E. Bassy fans alike, he dropped the smooth “Jazzy” (produced by Billion Coast and Count Bassy) at the opening of 2014, followed by the infectious “Chemical High” in the Spring. The NICNACBEATS and Count Bassy produced cut reflects both sides of Marc’s musical persona — adept lyricism and soulful cooing. His track “Lock It Up” reached Soundcloud listens in the hundred thousands within the first two weeks of being released.
On Only The Poets, Bassy blends his Hip-Hop roots with a Soulful soundbed plus Pop sensibility. The project brings a trifecta of the aforementioned producers, along with Marc’s knack for songwriting. More importantly, Only The Poets tackles difficult topics and untapped emotions absent from the current mainstream. “We’re trying to do more over here than put out random songs and pretend like we know about fashion,” he explains.
Only The Poets treaded new territory for Marc E. Bassy, as the superstar on the rise began the next phase in his career, both as a performer and songwriter. “I think I’m one of those people who can create in real-time, so I like to delve into different genres and be a part of as many things that inspire me as possible,” Marc said. “My rule is I write music every single day, and the songs that could only be done by Marc E. Bassy, those are Marc E. Bassy songs…anything else goes to the highest bidder.”
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Using Patriotism As A Metaphor, Marc E. Bassy Premieres A Slow Motion Visual For “American Dream Life”
Marc E. Bassy Walks 450 Miles For “Stick To Your Guns” Video, Premiered by 2DBZ
Bay Area’s Marc E. Bassy Drops New Loosie “Fairfax Interlude”
Future RnB Singer/Songwriter Releases Debut EP, Only The Poets, Premiering at DJ Booth
Bay Area Artists, Marc E. Bassy and Iamsu! Team Up For New Loosie, “Relapse”
Bay Area-based Artist Releases New Single “Over The Water” From Forthcoming EP, Only The Poets, via Complex
San Francisco-based Future RnB Artist Drops New Single and Release Date for New EP via SPIN