by The Alchemist
Michael “Michael Stefan” Marshall represents a new generation of music makers who artistically push boundaries while challenging society’s status quo of what constitutes normal. Born in Suffolk, Virginia in October of 1995, Michael grew up in a rural setting eventually growing bored at an early age enough to ask, “What is life? Who am I? Why is life the way it is? Who are we as a culture? Why?” The essence of Michael’s being is the making of innovative music today. “Music is my therapy. I need it. Anyone whose seen death close along with drug abuse to those you love without understanding will force you to grow”. The message in Stefan’s unique approach to music shows anyone listening to just be themselves no matter what obstacle. Before being offered multiple major recording deals headed into the Pandemic of 2020 Stefan released two independent mix-tapes along with a few music videos.
His newest track is called, “Rula” and it features Yung Trap, and John Concepcion. The production of this song starts with a catchy sample eventually evolving into a hard-hitting 808 filled beat with vocals that resemble that of Chris Brown (another DMV native). The verses bring some very catchy lyricism by using memorable bars to entertain the listeners’ ear. Check out the song below.
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I’ll Explain Later is a sentiment that Nico has fully embodied on his quest to design the world in which he wants to live in, all while undoing the negativity around him. This state of mind is fittingly the name of Nico’s forthcoming album. A year and a half in the making, Nico allowed himself time, space and clarity to write I’ll Explain Later, with the intent and fervor he required.
Raised in Prince George’s County, MD, a predominantly African Raised in Prince Geo American community directly adjacent to Washington, DC, Nico was a witness to the unsightly truths of the economically weakened communities. With many people never expecting to ever find a way out, Nico refused to be complacent and watch the people in his city live a life absent of hope. At age 16, Nico made a commitment to use his talent for poignant writing, in conjunction with the musical brilliance the DM conjunction with the musical brilliance the DMV-area is known for, to go find hope and opportunities to bring back to the communities that shaped him into the man he is today.