Mars ILL


Mid-West,Underground Hip-Hop,Turntablism

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Mars ILL's music echoes the notion of rap as revolution. This Atlanta-based duo embodies a thriving hip-hop underground that bends not to commercial compromise but rather embraces artistic expression as the foil to the streamlined establishment.

In their more than 10 years togeather, Mars ILL—featuring manCHILD on the mic and deejay/producer Dust on the ones and twos—appeared on mixtapes, dropped exclusive vinyl, and nearly cracked the Top 10 on CMJ's Hip-Hop chart. Taking their case to the people, the duo became a club circuit staple that shared stages with the X-ecutioners and the Living Legends, among others. The press likewise took notice landing Mars ILL the cover of Southeast Performer Magazine along with ink in publications like URB, Mixer, Insomniac, and Happy. Of course, Elemental Magazine delivered the clearest wake-up call, stating, "Don't sleep on Mars ILL"!

Though street cats know Mars ILL from singles, 12" vinyl, and independent discs like the Blue Collar Sessions EP and Raw Material, the group's Gotee bow, Backbreakanomics, represents this emcee-deejay duo at their inspired best. Dust drops beats that pay homage to hip-hop's b-boy roots while slicing in sounds as diverse as manipulated horn samples and traces of late sixties acid rock. The style is organic but hard hitting in a way that amplifies an aggressive flow that manCHILD honed as a battle rapper in the (404) underground. Their combined talents forge a blue-collar mentality with transparent, honest lyrics that contrast the puffed-up, blown-out, guns 'n' girls world of wannabe rapper-pimps.

"Our songs honestly reflect what our lives are like, and people respond to our vulnerability," says manCHILD. "People forget the power that art has, and by being forthright in our lives, we've seen our music touch a broader audience than we ever expected."

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Album Title Year Label
Raw Material2002Uprok Records
The Blue Collar Sessions EP2002Ill Boggie Records
Sound Methods2002DeepSpace5 Recordings
Backbreakanomics2003Gotee Records
Pirate Radio2004DeepSpace5 Recordings
Breakbeats2005DeepSpace5 Recordings
Backwaterprophets2005DeepSpace5 Recordings
Pro Pain2006Gotee Records
Old Ironsides2006DeepSpace5 Recordings
Slow Flame2007DeepSpace5 Recordings
Blacklisted Sessions2008DeepSpace5 Recordings





United States

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Gotee Records /DeepSpace5 Recordings

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