Joyner Lucas + Dizzy Wright, Marlon Craft
Joyner Lucas first captured national attention with the complex verbal gymnastics of 2014’s “Backwords,” followed in 2015 by his debut mixtape, “ALONG CAME JOYNER” and its extraordinary breakthrough single, “Ross Capicchioni.” The track – and its provocative companion visual – chronicles the true story of a Detroit gang shooting, told from the perspectives of both the teenage victim and the shooter himself. “Ross Capicchioni” drew widespread acclaim in throughout the hip-hop universe, with the legendary Busta Rhymes declaring himself so “amazed…I can’t even put it into words.” The epic video proved a viral sensation, with over 5.3 million streams at YouTube alone.
Lucas continued to make his bones with a memorable spot on the 2015 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher, collaborations alongside such like-minded artists as Jarren Benton, Locksmith, TechN9ne, and Logic, as well as a pair of remarkably strong singles, “Happy Birthday” and “I’m Sorry,” both of which saw him displaying astonishing lyrical skills and a striking social consciousness. “I’m Sorry” – included on “508-507-2209” – has proven Lucas’ biggest viral success thus far, now approaching 17 million individual views at YouTube alone. Today he continues to garner national attention, but this time it’s with his newest phenomenon, “I’m Not Racist” – in which highlights the brutal conversation on racism that no one wants to have. Within a week of its release the video has already been viewed over 9 million times & has received much praise from the likes of CNN, XXL, Complex, Huffington Post and more.
Marlon Craft is a rapper and artist from New York City. Born in Hell's Kitchen, son of a jazz musician, Craft's rise is defined by musical variance and New York realism. Fitting hard-hitting social commentary into a diverse set of sounds, Craft's vocal pace matches and enhances mixes of live instrumentation with boom-bap drums at electronic intervals.
It is this contemporary relevancy paired with a deep respect for the history and culture of hip-hop (and its web of influences) that attracted a world-wide fan-base, and a break-out The Tunnel's End debut project, earning #2 on the iTunes hip-hop charts and #8 across all genres in its first week.
At once enigmatic and authentic, with sold out shows and a series of EPs to be released in early 2018, Craft's ascendance is well on its way.