About Marquel Deljuan
Surrounded by music his entire life, Marquel Deljuan remembers his love of Hip-hop music was developed by watching rap battles. Born into a family of artist and musicians, Marquel eventually, learned to appreciate constantly being at the studio.
“Unless you’re making music,” he said, “the studio is not really a fun place at nine, ten years old. I was bored all the time.”
While Marquel Deljuan would dabble at writing rhymes, that boredom eventually turned into a newfound energy and passion, which caught the attention of the independent newly formed imprint Sheeesh World headed by Futuristic.
When it comes to music, Deljuan knows the importance of “doing your homework” as well as the culture of Hip-hop. “Hip hop is love. Hip-hop music is the most listened to genre now. That’s crazy to even think about,” Marquel admits. “People think that it is negative, but it’s about love.”
Hip-hop also is about a spectrum of styles. Growing up in Maryvale, a west Phoenix area once considered as a high-crime community, Deljuan’s musical tastes were a mix of East Coast and West Coast sounds — Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z and Big Pun to Xzibit, Dr Dre and Snoop.
“There’s a lot of music I listened to including Lil’ Wayne as well as Erykah Badu and Jill Scott. And I’m feeling Anderson.Paak’s vibe. It’s inspirational,” says Deljuan, who is now more concentrated on his own music. “But no matter what type of rapper you want to be, just pay homage. Don’t disrespect the legends.”
Deljuan’s formula will be something similar to what he feels Kendrick Lamar has perfected. “It’s about appealing to those you wouldn’t normally appeal to, and to bridge gaps by giving people what they want and what they need at the same time. I will get people who don’t listen or won’t listen, to listen and then to do something for the better.”
“I don’t want people to think of me as a threat,” says Deljuan, who enjoys performing with a live band and becoming more comfortable with the stage. “I’m about networking and sharing the love. Everybody eats. I want their respect and for them to say ‘he’s a cool dude.’ But I want people’s attention. I want people to know that I’m going to take over… as humbly as I can say that.”
Marquel Deljuan has learned humility not only in fighting for justice and freedom but in fighting for himself through his lyrics.