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CLOSE’s “Base Level” column features the hottest new artists we’re buzzing about. Before they make it to the summit of superstardom, we spot them at base level–the beginning of their hopeful journey to the top.

Young Marco started out as a rapper until finding his voice when he wrote his first song, “In love with my closet” at 8-years-old. After discovering his sound, Marco reached local fame with his single “One Night.” With intentions on making him a star, Marco’s father enlisted him in Artist Development.

Now, at 18-years-old, Young Marco is able to paint harmonic visuals of a young boy’s mind through his music. Check out the basics on the rising star, below:

Check him out:

Name: Young Marco

Age: 18

Hometown: Atlanta, Ga

Musical Influences: Ed Sheeran, Frank Ocean, Drake and The Passenger.

How Do You Describe Your Sound? my sound is clean with an Edge on it. Similar to a high school prom you wear what you want to wear, but you still have to remember the reason why you’re there to party have fun and love.

Dream Collaboration? I have a few, but a dream collaboration would have been Michael Jackson. May he rest peacefully!

Celeb Advice You’ll Never Forget? I received advice from 2 Chainz a while back, he told me ‘Stay focused’ and ‘remain humble’ it will come!

Biggest Break Thus Far: My biggest break this far is releasing this amazing single gone, ‘Long Gone’ which is available on iTunes now!

If You Were The Musical Lovechild Of Any Two Artists, Who Would They Be? I love my parents, wouldn’t trade them in for anything. But if we are speaking in hypotheticals I’ll say Lauren Hill as my mother and Michael Jackson as my father. The reason why because that will be a power couple and they’re both successful.

Listen to “Long Gone”:


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