Marc 2Ray (Marc Tourelle) and NiccoFeem (Nicco Feemster) are no strangers to educating and empowering listeners through the medium of hip-hop; Both artists’ music and lyrics have been featured in various high school and college-level curriculums.
“Decisions,” is the name of the soon-to-be-released collaborative project, which finds the pair expounding on their experiences as artists juggling the obligations of their day jobs and developing personal relationships. All the while, Marc and Nicco, who wrote and performed all you will hear on the EP, reckon with the mental health implications of attempting to maintain the highest standards across all categories of personal and professional life.
Over the duration of the EP’s opening track, “Overture,” Marc and Nicco deliver fast -paced lyrics with complex multi-syllable rhyme schemes showing that they are more than capable of the skills it takes to follow their dreams as Hip Hop artists.
Marc 2Ray is a Wammie-nominated artist who has opened for icons such as Inspectah Deck and
Cappadonna of The Wu-Tang Clan, Scarface, Large Professor, Ra Digga, and Smif-N-Wesun. His music has been covered by publications such as HuffPost, WUSA9, Thrive Global, and others. NiccoFeem, the first Army Band member to also be a hip-hop artist aggressive delivery, relatable storytelling, elite lyricism, and melodic style has been compared to legends like 2PAC, Drake, Kendrik Lamar, NAS, Eminem, and J.Cole. He is the first Army Band member to also be a hip-hop artist.
The music video for “Overture” is available below and on our YouTube playlist. “Decisions” will be available on all major platforms April 2023.
Daniel Warren Hill is an American musician, writer, and motivational speaker. He is best known as the frontman for Washington DC area Alternative Rock band YellowTieGuy, as co-founder of Capitol Groove Collective, and increasing the exposure of artists on a global scale through his work with Alchemical Records.
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