From July 4, 1776 to July 4, 1976 was a two hundred year period called the Bicentennial period celebrating America’s freedom, of which we celebrate every year on the fourth of July. During this time period there were many babies born as American citizens on soil that carried the DNA of Revolution. On February 28, 1976 in Canton, Ohio at the cusp of the Bicentennial period, Marlon D. Merriwether was born on the soil of Revolution. It was while in elementary school that he embraced a love for haiku poetry and started chanting it to music as was expected growing up in the Hip-Hop culture.
When Marlon was nine years of age his parents migrated south to San Antonio, Texas the Alamo City. It was here that Marlon started embracing musical production and rhyming over beats. From school talent shows to recording in studios this developing emcee couldn’t shake the itch of musical and poetic expression being known as “Dokta No”. Marlon began to listen to true hip hop emecees like Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, and Nas. Pouring himself into his music, Marlon began to spark the interests of local music producers.
Marlon began honing his craft in local studios blazing the microphone with powerful messages and precision rhyme skills. He continued to express himself as a minister/emcee under the moniker, “RAPASTOLYK” which is a play on the words Rap and Apostolic. The RAPASTOLYK is a Revolutionary emcee that aimed to address not only social consciousness but to also free other emcees to express themselves in whatever genre of music they felt was necessary to stay true to themselves.
Over smooth jazz and R&B or rugged Boom Bap rhythms, Rapastolyk plans to deliver music that will resonate through all peoples throughout time. The RAPASTOLYK has joined forces Estine Music and continues to push the envelope of creativity and consciousness.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
RAPASTOLIC: I am from Canton, Ohio.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
RAPASTOLIC: My music background is hip-hop
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
RAPASTOLIC: My music is about change and making others aware and enlightened
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your favorite song to perform and why?
RAPASTOLIC: All my music has different meanings and a great impact on me. I just love good music.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What has surprised you the most in the pursuit of a career in music?
RAPASTOLIC: I am most surprised by the pressures to conform to limited popular genres of music.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
RAPASTOLIC: I am influenced by Rakim, Nas, and Big Daddy Kane
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
RAPASTOLIC: My music is from the universe to the soul.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
RAPASTOLIC: I stand out because I make a difference. I leave something unknown to you that remains after the song is finished.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What would you like to see changed in today’s music industry?
RAPASTOLIC: I would like to see more diversity. I want to see more realistic and genuine topics discussed.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects that you are currently working on?
RAPASTOLIC: Estine Music album “Anectdote”
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
RAPASTOLIC: I want to become a vital force in music and minister to my people. I want to have a production company and ministry platform that relates to everyone.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?