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Marquise Porter

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Marquis Porter’s career has consisted of paying homage to the rich history of wordsmiths from his hometown of Detroit—and now, he’s using his own no frills style to carve his own initials into the 313 lineage.

“The city of Detroit means a lot- it’s my backbone, it influences me through the culture and the struggle in search of an better future.”

He and two high school friends initially rapped to pass the time while hustling on the street, but Porter vowed to take music seriously when one of the group members was killed. Armed with rhymes fueled by the harsh realities of Linwood Ave. and inspiration from the likes of Biggie, Kool G. Rap and E-40, he began working with producer Ghetto Mozart, who worked with the legendary MC Breed.

Mozart gave one of Porter’s records to TLC’s Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, who was impressed enough to offer him a record deal to her fledgling label Wish Recordings. He opted for the indie route since Lopes had a full plate, but the final project was still successful. “The Book Donald Didn’t Finish,” named after lauded Detroit urban fiction author Donald Goines, established him as an up and comer amidst soon-to-be local legends such as Rock Bottom and Street Lordz.

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