Stop At Nothing: Marlow P Interviewed

The Southwest London rap prospect brings his raw street-level experience to the masses...

Gaining over one million views in his debut release back in 2022, London’s star-in-waiting Marlow P instantly ruffled industry feathers upon arrival. With only a handful of releases behind him, his reinstated mission to sustain a high level of consistency is well under way. Previously one of three members in A40 Boyz, a rap trio managed by the late music mogul Jamal Edwards, the riser took the courageous leap to solo stardom. Noting household names including Lil Durk, Jay-Z, and 50 Cent as early inspirations, his authentic lyricism captures the human experience as we know it today. Referencing past conversations and experiences into his storytelling, Marlow P navigates the intricacies of life, both the good and bad, making his reality a beacon of escape and hope to listeners. Leaving time for self-discovery and growth, Marlow P is a testament to never giving up on what you desire.

Kick starting the year with a feature on Skinz’ album ‘I’m What They Pretend to Be’ on fan-favourite ‘100 In Da T‘, the rapper recently shared his latest single ‘Alone in The Streets’. Piercing through the ingenious production with his gruff tone and hard-hitting bars, Marlow P encourages independence and strength. In a time where relying on other resources for your benefit couldn’t come any easier, the storyteller strips it back, emphasising self-sufficiency and determination. Nothing like homegrown spirit, right? Continuing to prove himself as a force to be reckoned with, hinting at a string of irresistible singles and a mixtape before the end of the year, this isn’t the last you’ll hear from Marlow P.

CLASH got the opportunity to catch up with Marlow P following his latest release ‘Alone in The Streets’ to talk all things music and more. Tap in below to see what he had to say.

Take me back to the beginning. Walk me through your childhood and your introduction to music?
I grew up in Jamaica; I was born there. I moved over to the UK when I was around 7, and from around 13 I was always into music. I started doing freestyle videos on YouTube with my friends when I was younger. I never took it seriously, I had dreams to make it big but it was more for fun with my friends.

Do you have any names that have helped influence or shape your sound over the years?
Back in the day UK wise it would have been the Sneakbo era; he influenced me when he was popping. In terms of American music, I grew up on 50 Cent and Jay-Z.

You originally started out in a trio named A40 Boyz, managed by Jamal Edwards. How did this group come about?
The others in A40 Boyz didn’t want to be rappers but we were all friends. It was me that put it together. I messaged Jamal and said that we were going to start rapping. Jamal questioned if we could really rap because he hadn’t heard us before! We sent him our music and Jamal was surprised. We put together a music video and that was that!

How would you go about describing your sound?
Listening to me you would hear that I’ve been put through a lot. I’ve still managed to keep going; I turned all the bad things that have happened to me and pushed through. I’m always going forward and encourage others never to give up.

Talking about those deeper topics or bad experiences, do you find it easy being vulnerable in songs knowing how many people will listen to it?

Yeah, because it’s real. It’s what I’ve been through. I’m not making up a story or someone else’s, I write about what I go through. It’s definitely easier!

Talk me through your latest single ‘Alone in The Streets’. What was the motivation behind this release?

The main motivation behind it was to say you can do things alone, and you don’t really need anyone. We live in a world where we’re always looking at the next person or even becoming more dependent on people and I’m trying to uplift people by saying you can do it alone, no matter the trials and tribulations – it will all be worth it in the end.

What’s your creative process like?
I like writing at home or the studio. I work better in the studio because I know I’ve got to get it done but sometimes it can feel rushed if I’m on a time limit. Most of my good songs have been made in the studio.

You released your debut single back in 2022 which flew! Since then, how have you grown musically?
I haven’t released a huge amount to my audience because of personal issues. I’ve got a lot of music; I have a whole mixtape that I am going to be dropping soon. When I made ‘I Ain’t Stopping’ I didn’t really know what I was doing, I’m still learning but now I know how to make real music. I know where I’m heading now.

It’s become more of a business to you now as opposed to a bit of fun…
Yeah! I just need to be more consistent now so everyone can start taking me seriously!

You recently featured on Skinz’ project. Is there anyone else you would like to collaborate with?
Skinz hit me up as we’ve got mutual friends! He sent me the song and I liked it, so I thought why not as it made sense. My dream collaborations would be NBA Young Boy and Tems.

Putting the music aside, what do you like doing for fun? What keeps you grounded?
I go out to eat a lot with my friends and I train a lot in the gym. I love football and I spend a lot of time with my child.

What else can we expect to see from you this year?
A couple more singles and then the mixtape! I want to release a lot more visuals as well.

Words: Elle Evans

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