Updated: Jul 31
Every hip-hop success story begins with a dream, a positive mindset, and a clear vision. Every individual has their very own unique outlook on life. The definition of success is also unique to each individual. Marcus Porter gives the listeners his outlook on life with his latest self-produced album "The Perception". With 13 tracks and a total run time of just under 30 minutes, this is an easily digestible project. In my opinion, the best art is that which comes purely from the heart, and I can appreciate it when rappers give us a glimpse into their complex minds while speaking their truths. The passion in Marcus Porter's delivery lets me know that he's super ambitious and dedicated to achieving all the goals he has set for himself.
"I know how it feels to be all alone, dad was gone, had to forgive/ momma sorry for all the resentment/ knew I was different/ hood & filled with wisdom."
Marcus Porter - "Read The Script"
Marcus Porter "The Perception" | Rap Nerd Review
I like the artwork on the cover that animates Marcus Porter as a youth, teen, young adult, and the full-grown version of himself. Right off the bat, I knew that in some way this album would be about growth and evolution. The project starts off and ends with a movie roll sound effect, which I thought was pretty dope. The first song titled "Read The Script" sets the tone for the album. This is a vulnerable song where he lets the listeners know that he is the only one reading and writing his script, in other words, controlling his own destiny. The following track "The Wait" is definitely one of my personal favorites. MP raps about how he's already put in his 10,000 hours, and he's not stopping there. The overall production quality is pretty good, reminding me a bit of Kanye's early production style on "College Dropout" and "Late Registration". The two interludes on the project are some good spoken word for the soul helping to tie the album together cohesively. I also really liked the flow/cadence MP was rapping at on track 4, "A Word". All the features on the album were pretty dope, but for such a personal album I would have rather heard just a bit fewer features. Track 6 and 7 is a section of the project that I like most because it talks about loving the skin you're in and being comfortable. The album as a whole flows well together, but to me it sounds like all the songs are near the same BPM. I'd advise you to try to become a bit more diverse with your production style. Nonetheless, the beats are still good and I like how inspirational this album is. The album wraps up with "Legacy" where MP poses the questions "What am I leaving?" and "Will they remember me?". It's a feel-good track and also another one of my favorites. Overall, "The Perception" was a very well put together body of work. I look forward to what Marcus Porter will drop in the future and I suggest yall check him out too! #RapNerdApproved
"I am a new breed unheard of this is my word my testimony, bless him only/ Loosen the noose on my words let them be heard..."
Marcus Porter- "Legacy"
Rap Nerd Rating: 3.5/5
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released July 11, 2023 Production: Curt McGurt, MarcDBeats, Sane Infinity, BLVDBRXX & Matcy P. Featuring: L00ney L00n, Ca$h Taylor & Pyro2fz Mixing: L00ney L00n & Curt McGurt
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