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In many ways, MARVO aka MARVELOUS is the ideal Hip-Hop/Rap Male Solo Artist, loved by the Mid-West, the Dirty South, the East and the West Coasts. This 20-year-old rap phenomenon’s undeniable style, confident swagger and realism, epitomize the streets of Chicago. It is rare for a hardcore rapper to transcend the line between Hip-Hop and Rap, winning respect from hustlers and backpackers alike. There is substance behind his style, which is why he is loved by the streets, as well as the critics. His music explores the paradox of good and evil. Whether proclaiming himself “MARVO,” “MARVELOUS,” “VO” or “M-ELEVEN” (for his rapid fire flow!), his rhymes celebrate surviving the street life, the risks of hustling for cash, inevitable violent encounters, the temptation to deal drugs, mandatory boasting, the frustrations of struggling everyday just to survive, but still manages to convey his beliefs and values. He provides an introspective approach to the over-exploited “gangsta” theme, explaining the hood, instead of just exploiting it.

He overcame considerable obstacles during his extremely dramatic life, before exploding on to the scene with masterful delivery, unmatched lyricism and street savvy! Born, Ralph Metcalf, son of an ex-drug-dealer and raised by his young single black mother and her well known gangster “live-in” boyfriend, MARVO was unable to resist the lure of fast money, so he traded classrooms for the rough streets of Harvey World, an extension of the Wild 100’s area of Chicago.

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