As Harlem is known for it’s all around dope vibe, up and coming artist, Markus Scott makes his distinguishing mark. Growing up in New York City, he used his struggles and life experiences to inspire his music. In elementary school Markus excelled at writing, and it became one of his favorite subjects. He became proficient at writing poetry and maintained that skill throughout his childhood. When Markus reached middle school he started experimenting by writing music. With no money for equipment or studio time, Markus just wrote raps and started freestyling in school, which started to create his buzz.
Markus recently dropped his newest project, Love Money Pain. He shares his first track from it called “You Bad.” We briefly spoke with him about the inspiration and creative process behind it.
“For this record I received a lot of inspiration from Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Drake, Tory Lanez, and basically just the early 2000s. I was just in my bag at the moment and those were the artists I would listen to, you can hear the influences throughout the entire project. It’s just the vibes that inspire me mostly. I just want the ladies to feel good about themselves, and I want them to know that no matter what their going through or what emotions their facing they still look good while their down. My creative process is usually the same for majority of my songs. I usually try to find beats that are catchy, something that can flow with a good melody to craft the chorus. After the chorus is done, I focus on the verse which can take me a while since I try to make sure the syllables are similar and everything flows together perfectly.”
Markus explained how this is a more up tempo love song and how he feels like the topic of love is just something that connects with a lot of people, that can be expressed differently.
“I think that’s the beauty of the lyrics and songs in general because my interpretation of this song certain lyrics can be different from yours. I think being an underdog is what keeps me motivated. With no label behind me I can call the shots, I can struggle, win, grind, and my achievements would hold so much value based off how much I accomplished by myself. I just thrive off people that doubted me or talked down on me because in this industry a “W” is a “W” and people only show love when they see wins and results, so I have to keep doing that and proving people wrong.”
You can listen to “You Bad” here!