Rising Chicago/Harlem emcee Mari makes his way onto our pages with some captivating visuals for his equally impressive single “Matter”.
“I have these vivid memories of the summer before I left Chicago for college, running from gunshots, not knowing if I was gonna make it to college because the gun violence was that pervasive and close to me. Even while in college, having middle school and high school friends fall victim to gun violence over the past couple years gives me survivor’s guilt since I’ve been gone and on the move since I left. But I also realize I can’t dwell on the negatives and I must use my voice and body to put myself in different people’s shoes and let my lyrics resonate and my body express in order to reach back and offer solace. This is why “Matter” exists. It’s ultimately sending a message of togetherness and thriving. My hope is to convince those who feel defeated that they matter, they can shine and that they’re literally stars.” – Mari
Check out the “Matter” video above and be sure to follow Mari on SoundCloud to stay up on all future releases.