Edward Ramel Marshall, who goes by the stage name Victory, was born August 7, 1989 at Lincoln hospital in the Bronx. According to him, he had a good childhood and even though his family had low income, his mother always did her best to provide for him and his sisters. Victory didn’t always want to be a rapper. When he was younger, he had dreams of being in the NBA, but he let go of those dreams when he realized he wasn’t going to become any taller. Academically, he was a C average student, but that didn’t stop him from graduating from Washington Irving High School. Some of his musical influences include Biggie Smalls, Jadakiss, Dipset, Lil Wayne, 50 Cent, Drake, and Fabolous. He describes himself as an underground mainstream rapper, which means he has the lyricism of an underground artist with a sound that is more popular and catchy artist. He feels as though Hip Hop is in a bad state because songs no longer have any substance. “Every artist is starting to sound alike and there isn’t any originality in Hip Hop anymore.” He believes his music is what the game has been missing because he shares his emotions and feelings with the crowd. In his opinion, one of his best performances was performing for a hurricane sandy charity event and “Flo” from the Bad Girls Club got on the stage and started dancing with him as he was performing his song. The next day, he ended up being in the newspaper for his performance. Victory says that none of his success could be possible without his production team which consists of 4 people, 2 sound engineers, and 2 recording engineers. The two sound engineers are named Walt and Blue. “Working with them has been great because it’s like we are always on the same page. Walt can have my songs sounding radio ready in less than a hour. Blue always improves my songs in ways I didn’t even think was possible by adding certain effects to it that I didn’t even have in mind.” The recording was done by J-Sounds and Taylor. They made sure he gave it his best whether that meant re-recording or starting over just to make sure his voice matched his heart. “I can’t lie; I use to get annoyed with how many times they would make me re-record my verse, but in the long run I appreciate everything they’ve done for me because the finish product is always done to perfection.” In closing, music is his life and without music life just isn’t the same.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
VICTORY: I’m from New York, NY. I was born in the Bronx and raised in the lower east side of Manhattan.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
VICTORY: I’m a rapper. I don’t have any experience with instruments, but I like to make beats sometimes.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
VICTORY: Why wouldn’t I want to make my own music? When I make music it fills a void in the industry. I bring back everything missing in the game. Now a days, it seems like most artist don’t put feeling into their music. But me, I put passion into every word I spit. The audience feed off of my energy, so they can feel what I feel. Some people dance, others cry, but most times they are right there with me screaming and shouting the words to my songs. At the end of the day, it’s all about having a good time and enjoying the music. People tell me that they appreciate my music because I have a great combination of flow, lyrics, and delivery that most artist nowadays don’t possess. For me, that’s just puts the icing on the cake.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
VICTORY: My songs are about me and the things that I go through. Sometimes, I make a song about having a good time and partying. Other times, I make a song about the loss of a friend and everything in between. So it really depends on what I’m going through at the time.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
VICTORY: My music is for everybody. You can be black, white, purple, or yellow. It really doesn’t matter who you are. If you had any type of experiences in your life, I’m positive that you will find a song of mines that you can relate to.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
VICTORY: Growing up, I listened to a lot of Dipset, Jadakiss, and Fabolous. My mom used to blast a lot of Biggie Smalls, R. Kelly, 112, Mase, and a whole lot of other artist. So you can say the love of music runs in the family. Nowadays, I’m more influenced by artist like Big Sean, Lil Wayne, 50 Cent, Drake, and Fabolous.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Would you describe your music to people?
VICTORY: My music is like crack for your ears. My beat selection is what gets you hooked and my word play keeps you coming back for more.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
VICTORY: What sets me apart is my fashion sense. I started my own clothing line named 2Versatile which is in 9 stores so far (3 in the Bronx, 4 in Brooklyn, and 2 in Queens). I’ve also done my first fashion show this year. It was a good turnout. Angela Yee hosted it and Maino performed, so I was really excited about that. I also I shoot and edit videos for other artists. It’s always good to collaborate with each other. I also mixed and produced tracks for other artist. There’s never a dull moment.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
VICTORY: I’m currently working on my second mixtape. I’m just in the process of trying to see which songs I should keep and which songs I should use for another project. Other than that, I have been working on my videos and getting things done. I just want the visual to bring my songs to life. I spend a lot of time learning about new techniques so that I can perfect my craft. It’s going to be on worldstar soon, so look out for that.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
VICTORY: My career goals are to break billboard records with my music. I want to
be known for having the most consecutive hits back to back. I want my clothing line, 2Versatile, to become one of the biggest clothing brands out there. It’s going to be bigger than Crooks and Castles and Supreme and Diamond supply. Musically, I want to be known internationally for selling out tours and shows. My ultimate goal is to be a black billionaire.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
VICTORY: My music is available on Youtube.com/Vipvictory88
You can reach me :
@Vipvictory88 on Twitter
@Vipvictory88 on Instagram
And my current single, “No Kids”, is available on iTunes look that up and cop
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