This is the first piece in a series of discussions with artists about role of hip hop in social movements and communities.
Coming from the city known for Elvis, Stax, and BB King, Marco Pavé is an up and coming rapper defeating stereotypes of his city and following in the footsteps of Yo Gotti and Juicy J. He’s already opened for Waka Flocka and MGK, but the young artist has done more than just perform alongside big names. He’s also a driving force in his community, where he founded Books on Beale, a charity concert to promote literacy in Memphis.
Marco’s unique brand of hip hop reinforces the idea that rap can operate both as entertainment (which his tracks certainly are) and a useful tool for positive community engagement and involvement. Crosstown, Marco’s home neighborhood in North Memphis, never strays far from his mind, and it’s that will to be a positive force in his own home that shines through in both his music and his interviews.
We spoke to Marco during his recent visit to Chapel Hill. The following are his thoughts and stories about music, the state of civil rights in America, and the struggles of an artist.
Some of Marco’s music can be found here: