Written By: Ms. In The Know of Houston TREND
It is no secret that in order to be successful you must create your own path. Many find out the hard way that holding on to c coattails only takes you so far and certainly only lasts for so long. The drive and the want to succeed in the dog eat dog music industry is held by a select few, and luckily for Houston, we’ve bread several. Through the evolution of music, most of the newer more prevalent artists that have come out of this area are deemed as part of the “New Houston” era of rappers. They follow in the line of succession behind affectionately coined “Old Houston” legends such as Scarface, The Ghetto Boys, S.U.C., and several others. Toting the crown behind the likes of those greats is certainly no easy feat, especially considering the new wave of music that is sweeping the nation containing no more than a catchy ass beat and some slyly crafted catch phrases. Our generation of rappers certainly have their work cut out for them.
Insert Marcus Delorean Roberts. A Missouri City, Texas native that is making a name for himself in this era of rap and hip hop. Surpassing superficial content and lack of purpose, Delo’s music is fueled with relevant substance and thought provoking content.
His journey into music began like most young boys growing up in the hood. With pen and paper in hand, Delo would create rhymes all day. Fueled by his surroundings, he used the power of words to express many of life’s gritty situations that he experienced. And when Delo exhibited his skills, his peers would listen. He made a name for himself around the neighborhood with his fierce raps and lyrical skills. And it was through the neighborhood that he met J-Kut, a producer that would help elevate Delo to a higher level.
Taking the skills that he had accumulated over the years, J-Kut began working with Delo and introduced him to the art of rap. Delo recalls, “I didn’t know anything about making music. I didn’t even know what bars were, let alone 16 of them.” He spent time in the studio located in J-Kut’s garage and began combining his words with beats. Shortly thereafter they produced his first song. Containing only 30 bars, the song was titled “Don’t Fight The Feeling”
And fight the feeling he didn’t. After completing his first song, Delo realized that he had something. That he was GOOD at something. From that point, he began taking those rhymes that he had been writing for years and turning them into songs. Inspired by artists such as Nas, Scarface, Lupe Fiasco, and DMX his music also focused on real life and real issues.
By March 2010 Delo released his first project entitled “Hood Politics 1”. Destined to give the music industry a rude awakening, he decided to intertwine the hood and politics as movement in the hip hop industry. This project was a compilation of the best of his songs from the beginning of his rap journey. Some were six or seven years old, but still carried relevancy and introduced the world to his southern style that evoked conscious thought about everyday life.
Through the release of Hood Politics 1, Delo definitely planted his feet firmly in the rap game. And because of its success, he went back in the studio and put his lyrical genius to work and within a year dropped “Hood Politics 2”.
Containing a distinctively creative twist compared to his first project, Hood Politics 2 was his second child that, because of the experience and feedback from HP1, allowed him to expand his sound. Delo admitted, “I learned how to put the sounds of different types of music together, learned what people wanted to hear from me and ran with that.” This project also contained a feature from Devin The Dude.
Full steam ahead and with another project under his belt, Delo was carving a lane all his own within the industry. And it wasn’t just neighborhood artists that were paying attention to him, at this point in his career, Delo was receiving recognition from established artists within the city and garnering positive media attention as well.
As another year passed and his climb to the top progressed, when March appeared, in true form, Delo released the third installment of his project, “Hood Politics 3”. The world stopped spinning for a minute. An album that demanded respect all while luring listeners to fall deeper into his mesmerizing lyrical charm, the success of Hood Politics 3 gave Delo a clear indication of where he stood. The Sirens had nothing on Delo’s hypnotic musical lure.
Three months later in June 2012, Delo mixed his musical game up a little bit. Releasing a mixtape entitled “Much Caliente” and MUCHO caliente it was. Combining familiar beats from some of the most popular artists and features from such artists as Paul Wall, ESG, Big Sant, and Killa Kyleon, Mucho Caliente was a reminder of the fire that originally attracted listeners to Delo in the first place.
When looking back at Delo’s musically packed past three years, one might ask is there any slowing him down? The answer is NO! Set for a November release, his next project he titled “Grace” will definitely having you saying yours. When asked to describe Grace, Delo said, “Grace is what fuels you, it’s your spirit and it will move you.” Reluctant to give many details other than he was working with heavy hitters such as DJ Mr. Rogers and producers G. Luck and B. Don, the passion in his eyes and behind the content contained on this project is enough to entice his closest competitors to step their games up.