Wrap Up And Watch Out: Marshall Mcfly
The Wrap Up’s Tobi Oke recently caught up with Marshall McFly – an artist from south London who is set for big things in the UK rap game – for an in-depth chat to find out where he’s coming from and where exactly he’s looking to go…
The Wrap Up: How has 2011 been so far for you? Has it exceeded your expectations?
Marshall McFly: The year so far has been a good move. I’ve been in the studio working on my EP, ‘Cross My Heart Hope To Die’, since the beginning of the year. It was supposed to be out in February, but I had to push it back to make it as creative and as powerful as I can make it. So yeah, I’ve just been working on the EP and doing loads of features as well.
TWU: You’ve recently been signed and your new single will come out via Universal/Island/Def Jam. How did this situation come about?
Marshall Mcfly: To be real, I can’t really speak on the situation, as of yet, but all people need to know is that the first single, ‘One Call Away’, will be released through that label. If the single beats expectations, then we’ll take it further from there.
TWU: You have two mixtapes in your back catalogue, but what kind of music can potential fans expect if they were to check out your old stuff?
Marshall McFly: The first two mixtapes were mainly freestyles and covers of other popular songs. With the upcoming EP, I definitely put my whole thoughts into this project and everything is original. The last two were to create a buzz for my name, so I released loads of freestyles and freestyle videos.
TWU: Which song of yours would you recommend to a first-time listener?
Marshall McFly: I would probably have to say ‘Window Shopping’, because I just feel it’s different to what’s out there. The title of the song can fool people, you’d expect it to be about shopping, but it’s completely different.
TWU: Is the name ‘McFly’ influenced by ‘Back To The Future’ by any chance?
Marshall McFly: Yeah, it is! I’ve watched all the ‘Back To The Future’ films, they’re childhood classics. My surname is Marshall and people used to rhyme that with ‘Marty’ (the character’s name being ‘Marty McFly’) and I just started rolling with that.
TWU: Your music and style seems to be very influenced by US hip-hop culture, but with a UK twist on it. Is this an accurate observation?
Marshall McFly: I would say that’s true, I’m a big fan of US rap. My style is heavily influenced by Max B, who influenced me with the singing on the hooks. I can’t lie; I was upset when he went away to prison. Drake came into the picture afterwards and his music was more personal, people could relate to that. I’m also influenced from listening to a lot of Wiz Khalifa right now. The more I listened to him, the more I noticed that he started doing his own melodies and singing on his hooks as well. Then I found out that Max B was also one of Wiz Khalifa’s inspirations, so it’s crazy how it all comes around.
TWU: It’s been a good year for UK rap so far, but how does it feel to know that you could potentially join the names at the forefront of the UK rap revolution taking place right now?
Marshall McFly: It feels great, man. I’m happy to be in the position that I’m in right now. I just want to take it step by step. I don’t want to say loads of things and they don’t go to plan. I’m just taking everything as it comes and its working.
Marshall McFly’s new single, 'One Call Away', is out now.
Stay up to date with Marshall McFly on Twitter – www.twitter.com/MarshallMcfly
Words: Tobi Oke (@TeflonTobz)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)