Atlanta’s Own “Parkway Marc”
Marcus C., better known as “Parkway Marc”, is one of the most well known “unknown” rap artists in the Atlanta city limits. Growing up in the infamous “Concrete Jungle” of Atlanta’s drug infested downtown area known as the “4th Ward”, Parkway gained credibility and respect. Born in Grady Homes (G-Town) and raised on Parkway/Ralph McGill Blvd.(Parkway Plaza). By combining his street sense and book intelligence into his rhymes, he developed a unique flow that challenged anyone to try and top his lyrical delivery.
Listening to some of his tracks you hear him recall life on the Boulevard as a continual game with the police, dodging their every move while living the fast life that he’s always known from the streets. Lyrically, Parkway produces a street scene that is often rapped by many, but truly lived by few. By using what he likes to call “Real Rap”, Parkway introduces his listeners to his life in the streets of Atlanta. In a vehement southern dialect he forces you to enter the Dirty South by describing some of the city’s most gritty areas and dealings.
He attributes his musical influence to NWA, Easy-E, Ice Cube, and Tupac Shakur, to name a few. Since forming D$KG Records with C.A.T.M.A.N., his homeboy from S. Carolina, Parkway has begun to produce his own beats and record his own tracks. As an entrepreneur, he has produced, published, engineered, and recorded a number of tracks for emerging rappers as many as well known names in the Atlanta area.
Some artists that Parkway has worked with many artists that include Tupac, ATFam, C.A.T.M.A.N., Donkee Boy (SD), Goldmouf, Drizzle Dollar, and Thug Nation, among others. With his hit song of 2004, “Leave Me Alone”, he caught the ears of local radio stations. They loved the song and how real the lyrics were, but the words were too much for the radio. Fearing that the song would lose its force if edited a radio version was never produced. This was a tough set back, but it proved that he has the skill and talent to reach the masses. Although some aren’t ready what Parkway likes to characterize as “Conscious Music”, many can relate to the struggles and hardships made known in his lyrics. In one of Parkway’s most memorable moments he was rapping for 2PAC in ’96, 2pac said it best: “You damn ‘sho gangster, send me that demo”. Not long after that 2pac was killed. Back to square one.
We will definitely be hearing more from Parkway Marc and DSKG. Check out his new single, “ALL I KNOW IS GO”; it speaks for itself.
With several videos; he’s making a big impact on YouTube with thousands of views and counting. His music is ranked in the top percentile of majority of the big social music sites for hip-hop & rap.