The Story So Far...
If there is one word than can describe an individual like Sin Marcellis, it would have to be “Gifted”. Few artists can say that they possess a natural ability to do everything from pull thought provoking lyrics seemingly out of thin air to successfully pen music of any format and genre with minimal effort. Sin Marcellis has firmly placed himself in the group that can. With an impressive delivery, captivating word-play and haunting subject matter, the newest installment of his “Get Familiar” mixtape series entitled “Say Hello 2Tha Bad Guy” has been heralded as some of the most hard hitting, heart-felt and gritty depictions of urban life in recent history.
From an early age growing up on the streets of West Philadelphia, Sin was known to pick up on things almost immediately, and not just pick up… excel! As early as 8 years old Sin had begun to display an interest in music, namely the hip-hop genre. In his own words, “I loved to rhyme, and it came easy to me, I had a pretty good vocabulary and I knew how to use it. It was like, I knew what I wanted to say and all the right words just always came to me. But I never really thought about it as anything special because it came so natural and there was really no effort involved, besides where I grew up nobody I looked up to or respected ever believed that you could ever really make it doing that type of thing so it was always just like a hobby for me.” With an almost innate ability to formulate rhymes spontaneously he became known to friends as an excellent “Freestyle” rapper. A reputation which followed him most of his life throughout high-school, where he won numerous rap battles from the the tri-state area to the streets of Chicago, stole the show at countless performance showcases and became notorious as “The guy you didn’t want to compete against.”
Unfortunately, none of these gained accolades could persuade a young Sin to seriously pursue a career in music, which ultimately led to him dropping out of school and turning to the streets. Once again using his gift to adapt and thrive, he found a new sort of success under the tutelage of his new found influences on the streets of North Philadelphia. All the spoils of ill-gotten gains seemed to be well worth the risk until it all came to an end due to a combination of the crumble of the lucrative operation he was working under, and the murder of his best friend. Quickly reassessing the direction of his life he began to slowly return his focus to the other love of his life, music. Upon moving back to Philadelphia after a short time living in Chicago Illinois he began to write music for other artists which would eventually lead to him going into business as a ghostwriter. Sin explains, “I always thought writing for other people was good practice because I’m creative and I like to view things from different standpoints. Being a writer allowed me to step into their shoes for a minute and see things from someone else’s perspective.”
Using this as a financial backbone he would also go on to work as a feature artist alongside of the tri-state areas premiere talent. (Gillie Da Kid, Tone Trump, Big Lou) Despite this mild stroke of fortune it would take the reunion of a group of high school friends to establish “The League of Xtraordinary Emcees” for Sin to take a serious interest in the music industry. As Sin said, “It was like an awakening. I had gotten so comfortable with the formulas of using my talents to help other people careers that things were getting boring, so when some of my closest friends got together to make music, the flood gates opened again, it took a second to get things on track but I felt revived. That process was what fueled me to take my own solo career seriously. ”
Since then he has appeared on a number of classic mixtapes including The “Stashhouse" Mixtape series, the “Coast to Coast” mixtape franchise and numerous DJ mix shows in the Philly/NY/Jersey area, in addition to launching his own acclaimed “Get Familiar” mixtape series. Now after starting the promotion/support network “TeamSuperDope” he is rapidly becoming a force across the internet as well as the streets of Philadelphia, it looks as if a takeover is well in progress.