Marcel Dear, aka Marquis Storm, is someone you should be on the lookout for.
The 25-year-old recent grad says Grad Szn is here, and you'll be hearing a lot more from him, bigger and better than ever.
Since 13-years-old, Dear always wanted to be a rapper. It wasn't until college, however, that he truly realized this was a tangible goal. He soon went from writing lyrics here and there in notebooks in between boring lectures from teachers, to making trips to the studio every chance he could get. He released his first project in the summer of 2013, followed by a second, titled Only if You Knew, in the summer of 2015. His most recent project, You feel Me Yet, was released in 2016.
He describes his musical style as "R&B with a Hip Hop feel" and prides himself on being a lyrical artist, fueling his words with emotion and meaning. He has been compared to the likes of Will Smith and sites him as an influence, along with Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and Drake.
Juggling your dream with your work and school obligations is no easy feat, as most of us can relate to.
"Oh, yeah, it was rough," he said. "Basically what I would do is try to make time to make music."
His senior year was his most challenging year, but that didn't hinder him and took advantage of any time in between his schoolwork to create.
"I took advantage of spring break to get a lot of things done, a lot of music recorded."
Things worked out for the artist in his favor. He filmed his music video for his cross-over single "Fiesta Girls", which gained 1000 views in a short period of time. He graduated from Cleveland State University with a Bachelors in Psychology. Marquis Storm has a drive to succeed that fuels him to work hard at all his endeavors. Anything he puts his mind to, he puts in 100 percent effort.
Storm gets to boast that he has opened for a total of ten well-known artists, including Bone-Thugs and Harmony. He recently traveled to New York to work on music and plans on doing more traveling this summer.
"I plan on going to Flint, Michigan and donating water and...I've been thinking about doing a benefit concert there."
Donating to Flint is not the only philanthropy Storm takes part in. He is big on giving back to his own community and has donated to shelters and volunteered at soup kitchens around the city.
Besides being a rapper, Storm has other interests in film and screenplay writing. He plans on going back to school for a minor in music in the fall. Being known as the jack-of-all-trades is the end goal for the artist and he's not far from getting there.
Recently, Marquis Storm dropped a new single, titled Moonwalkers. this new single is a change of direction for Storm, transitioning from schoolwork and dorms, to graduation and having the music world as his oyster. He plans on creating a short feature film for the song and will be releasing his official album next summer.
You can follow Marquis Storm on IG @marcel_dear, Twitter @marcel_wolfe, subscribe to his youtube channel and follow his soundcloud: Marquis Storm.