MINER* CELEBRITY (THE EP)
HOW AN UNDERGROUND ARTIST
FOUND FAME IN NYC.
Marcus Xavier Taylor aka Marvalous was the featured artist in The Source Magazine's Unsigned Hype for April of 2003; (previous artist who were featured were; Biggie Smalls, Eminem, Common, DMX, and Proof to name just a few). This after having been featured on the D&D Project 2 album alongside Guru of Ganstarr, Sean Price, Agallah, R.A. the Rugged MAN, Afu-Ra, Tony Touch, and Scram Jones ET AL in 2002. He can be heard as well on Scram Jones's Loose Cannons LP, along with other artists such as; TI, Sean Price, Saigon, Jim Jones, Camron, Immortal Technique, Nature, and Jae Mills.
Marvalous was also Featured on the Heineken music sampler with Scram Jones in 2003, and
featured on Soul Purpose's, Let's go Remix Coup de tat as well in 2003 w/ Scram Jones & C-Rayz Walz. Shortly afterward in 2005 he started Independently to put out his own LPs: "The Wonder Years, and The Unbearable Lightness of Being...(2008, and has sold numerous copies of both CD's and Vinyl. Marvalous' songs (MBS b/w U Oughta Know) were also released by AV8 records in 2005 under the name "Marvo."
He has been featured on nearly all of Scram Jones' Beast Music mixtapes-Beast Mode Pt 1,2, & 3, and Scram's Fighting Words series. Also having been featured on Grandmaster Roc Raida's Champion Sounds LP in 2005 w/ Scram Jones. In addition he has appeared on albums outside the genre of Hip-Hop, writing and singing on songs such as "Croto Harmon" from the album "11 Hope" from The More Escapes. "Imaninja" from the album Robot Pirate Island, with Pimp Ninja, and on the song Oksana (which he co-wrote with his son); and Old Love from the album Boys & Girls, from the band 1 More Animal.
He's Performed at the Apollo, Joe's Pub ,SOB's, The Knitting Factory, South Paw, the Bowery Poetry Club, The Annex, Kenny's Castaways, Baby Jupiter, Pianos, Nuyorican Poets Cafe,The Pyramid , The Asterik, The Five Spot, Smoke Jazz Club, and The Highline Ballroom where he not only opened up for Ultramagnetic MC's at the Highline Ballroom, but then went on to book his very own "Fire Your Boss presents",there in August of 2012. He has also performed at The River to River Fest, on Manhattans West Side, and at The Utica Music festival. He was a featured performer at CUNY's ON The The Edge: Transgression and The Dangerous Other, along with Amiri Baraka, and Baba Israel in August of 2007, plus a host of other venues including The Winston Hotel (Amsterdam in 2003), and Don Hos In Honolulu (2008). Also In 2008, Marvalous had the privilege of opening up for the legendary emcee, Rakim at The Knitting Factory.
From 2007-2012 he produced , promoted, and performed at his event (Fire Your Boss presents...) here in New York City, where he enjoyed a residency at both the Knitting Factory, and the Bowery Poetry Club. The event featured artist, both signed and unsigned, major and independent. Large Professor, Just-Ice, Lord Jamar, The Juggaknots, Camp Lo, Telli (Ninjasonik), Childish Gambino, Immortal Technique, The Republic of Loose, Theo Eastwind, and Hakim of Channel Live, to name a few more.
In 2010 he was featured on MTV's Rap Fix Live, while receiving a positive critique by former Interscope Recording artist, Soulja Boy.
Now Marcus Xavier Taylor aka Marvalous, has just completed his manuscript entitled, " *Miner Celebrity: how an underground artist found fame in NYC." Which Chronicles the events and episodes leading up to him taking to the streets of NYC, and abroad, to sell his own music. Included in his many supporters are an inordinate amount of celebrities, athletes, and other notables. This so-called underground emcee relates amusing and sobering anecdotes, along with profound insights that he's gained through his travels, observations, and reading, over the years.