HipHopDX Premiere: Representing Tulsa, Oklahoma, ambitious rapper Marshall Sinclaire has unveiled the new visuals for “William Martin [In It],” which finds the talented MC packing endless adjectives into the space of five-minutes.
Armed with plenty of bravado, Sinclaire is looking to put his city on the map. “A lot of people have never heard anyone from Oklahoma rap before” he said in a press release. “I want to make it known that there are real emcees from here. People with something to say.”
Marshall grew up in a segregated neighborhood, which made his upbringing challenging, to say the least. “Certain kids would tell me that I spoke funny, while others would make snap judgments based solely off of my appearance,” he added.
To escape any pain he was feeling, Marshall would spend ample amounts of time in his family’s duplex downloading as much Hip Hop that could fit on his hard drive and eventually decided music was something he wanted to pursue. After a few mixtapes went into circulation, Sinclaire found himself in the position to record his proper debut, noth(K)ing, an album he considers a clear and concise statement from an artist who plays to his strengths.
“noth(K)ing is defined as someone that gets caught up in either celebrating things that don’t really matter, or praising worthy causes, but doing it for ‘Likes,'” he explained. “I’ve been guilty of this several times, so it’s a reminder to myself not to become the ‘King of Nothing.'”
The East Tulsa native is focused on perfecting his craft and takes a powerful step with the new video. “It’s all about getting better every day. I grew up listening to Nas, Jay Z, Mos Def, true pillars of Hip Hop,” he said. “I write consistently to keep my craft sharp. That’s what those artists did, and I want to be the one from Oklahoma that makes that kind of impact.”
Watch the video above.