@carmelomarcus

Carmelo Marcus is a young business owner and creative director with a love for simple fonts and Jordan 3's.

Recent posts by @carmelomarcus

From Mane To Man: The Growth of Gucci

From Mane To Man: The Growth of Gucci

Prison either makes you or breaks you. What you decide to do with your time is a strong representation of what and who you’ll become once being released. As a felon, I can vouch that prison is far from reforming. However, while serving time I learned that everything you think, feel, and act on is . . .

Joe Trufant
New Music Oct 6  |  

Joe Trufant represents small town artists with big city dreams

Have you ever watched one of those movies based in a small town with this one popular guy whose dreams outweigh the acceptance of his neighbors? He has hopes of seeing a big city like New York. The lights are fascinating to him and inspire him to sing his way out of his hometown. He . . .

I Was 19 and In Prison When Shawty Lo Dropped “Dey Know”

It was November 2007. I had just turned nineteen. This would usually be where I tell you about my feelings going into my second year of college, but instead I’ll explain the emotionless state I was in as I entered my first year in the prison system. I was dressed with extra underwear and beaters, . . .

Would Your Barber Approve of Your Favorite Rapper?

I know it’s been a few months since you’ve all heard from me. Please forgive me. I’ve been extremely busy cleansing my liver with iced lemon water as I prepare to sell my soul because I don’t have an upgrade and this new iPhone 7 Plus with 256GB in Jet Black is dropping tomorrow. I . . .

I’m a Future fan, and I don’t hate Desiigner’s “Panda”

Just like our forefathers before us, I believe that Future discovered America. We once believed the earth was flat until the fabled creator of “Codeine Crazy” showed us otherwise. So, what do we do when a clone comes along? What do we do with “Panda”? I was confused when I first heard Desiigner’s song “Panda,” just . . .

fell in love
New Music Apr 13  |  

Toronto’s Nav Takes a Flight to LA for “Fell In Love”

Two months after releasing “On My Own.” Nav has released a new self-produced chat called “Fell In Love.” Similar to previous releases, “Fell In Love” is not to be put into any box, whatsoever. With an unorthodox sound and a rapidly growing fan base, I see major things happening for Toronto’s newest artist.   “Fell . . .

Long Live The Pimp

Long Live the Pimp: Why Pimp C’s Documentary is so Important

On Monday, April 4th, my roommate tweeted me a link of Pimp C’s documentary: Long Live The Pimp. All he said “wait until 5 PM”, which was code for “Bro, I don’t get off until 5 PM, so please don’t watch this sh*t until I make it back to the crib!” So I did. When . . .

march madness

One Year Ago Today, Future’s “March Madness” Changed The World

Today is a holiday. Today is a special day. Today marks one year since the day our lives changed. What was once considered sorrow and confusion is now a mere collage of hope and prosperity. On March 16th, 2015, during a time of racial slander and overdraft fees, Future released “March Madness,” and saved us . . .

Four Things You Have To Control
Editorial Mar 7  |  

Four Things You Have To Control

There are certain things in life that we truly have no control over. At times we get so accustomed to thinking we can’t control something that we end up using it as an excuse to not control things we can actually change and monitor. Here are four things that you can change for the better. 1. Your emotions. You are . . .

creativity

Five Ways to Boost Your Creativity

It’s all about the technique, sometimes. Creativity is not something exclusive to a specific subset of people, although some people are naturally more inclined at bringing it to life. I want to paint a picture of the techniques and routines that have allowed me to open up creatively and be more comfortable with my art. . . .

jai lombardi
New Music Mar 1  |  

Jai Lombardi Represents the Broken-Hearted with “H.E.R.”

“Cause when we all alone I just can’t tell us apart but when you out with friends I feel the coldness in your heart.” You can hear the cries from the 808’s in Jai Lombardi’s new track, “H.E.R.” (Hopefully Everything’s Real) throughout the Starbucks I’m in as I write this. Soccer moms sipping Caramel Macchiatos . . .

I Listened to Jay Z’s ‘American Gangster’ While Serving Time for Coke Distribution

If you stand in front of a room filled with hip-hop listeners and you asked them what their favorite Jay-Z’ album is, you’ll hear a ton of different answers. From the back of the room, you’ll hear at least one less popular answer. It comes from me, the kid drawing Hey Arnold characters on his desk, with his iPhone . . .

levi carter

Levi Carter is Ready to Make Waves in Virginia and Beyond

I believe one of the major things that separates the indie artist from the mainstream artist is quality. There’s a certain sound quality we need in order to enjoy this body of work and without it, it becomes less relevant to our well curated playlist. If you’ve ever heard the term “quality over quantity,” this . . .

a bronx tale

‘A Bronx Tale’ Changed My Life

“Is it better to be loved or feared? That’s a good question. It’s great to be both, but it’s very difficult. But if I had my choice, I would rather be feared. Fear lasts longer than love.”   These were the words Sonny spoke to “C” (Calogero) in A Bronx Tale, at the diner right before enjoying . . .

A Letter To My Younger Creative Self

A Letter To My Younger Creative Self

To Whom It May Concern, I know you’ll probably read this and won’t agree with half of the things I’m saying. You may not even care for anything being said, but I ask that you read it through and think about it, because it’s coming from someone who cares about you more than you’ll ever . . .