After kicking down the doors with his debut album (Funhouse Mirror) in June of 2019, Marlon Craft sat back and watched the world burn as we all did our best to survive everything that 2020 brought. Still dealing with it all, the Hell’s Kitchen rapper has resurfaced with the release of his sophomore album, How We Intended.
“When I got into this sh*t, I had three general things I wanted to accomplish,” Craft says in a lengthy post on IG. “I wanted to make impactful music that affected people’s lives for the better and potentially help to educate or forward conversations; I wanted to make a living totally off uncompromised art; and I wanted to have the respect of the culture and the people in it who’s opinions matter to me. Somehow in the midst of the horrific year that was 2020, I managed to reach a place where those goals have finally become a reality after years of hard work and dedication. This album in many ways tells the story of that year, that last lap of the first chapter. I’m wild grateful. In many ways, this is just a beginning. There’s a grand scale to reach (that I think we will) and there’s other types of goals, as well as just adding depth to each of those pillars I laid out in the infrastructure of my life. We’re really just getting warmed up.”
At 17 tracks, broken down into two parts: “Across” and “Down,” the album comes equipped with contributions from !llmind, Oswin Benjamin, 6ix, Chris Rivers, Dan Edinberg, Plain Pat, and a few others.
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