By Kristopher Tondre
Artist: Marcellus Juvann
Album: The Great Escape
Release: June 24, 2016
The very same young man who “went to Hell to smack the Devil,” and “had a stare off with Medusa” now returns to prove to listeners old and new alike that he’s “Been On” with his latest release. Marcellus Juvann delivers with the second single off his upcoming sophomore effort, The Great Escape, expecting to see release in mid-July. What stands out about Juvann and his music is the sincerity in his lyrics and what he’s saying as he points out within almost the first 30 seconds of the track how mostly everyone nowadays is pursuing music, but not all approach the craft with such honesty in their content. Regardless of the rap dreams of his supposed peers, Marcellus Juvann is here to prove that he and his crew are taking over and that no one can even come close to doing it better than them.
Born in Cleveland, raised in Houston and now living in Orlando, Florida to pursue music, Marcellus Juvann has been making waves on the internet ever since self-releasing his debut album, The Fall, at the tail end of 2015. Not long after The Fall, Juvann gifted fans with a brief EP appropriately titled After the Fall. Included in this 2-track project is one of his most popular songs yet, “Holy Grail,” which starts off with young Juvann cursing CNN much like his influence Kanye West did George Bush many years ago during the crisis of Hurricane Katrina. This should serve as a testament to Juvann’s craft and how he isn’t exactly one to hold back when it comes to what he’ll say on record. As he stated in interviews since the release, After the Fall was more of a brief reminder to show fans what he was capable of while preparing his second proper album, The Great Escape.
What begins like a toy piano, quickly transitions into a light and airy anthem on “Been On.” This is a song of celebration as Marcellus Juvann discusses his will to succeed with music, not just for himself but also for his crew. Over the next four minutes of the song is a bouncy tune that commands listeners to blast the music in your car with the windows down as you cruise down the street, or in your residence until the neighbors complain. It’s a light-hearted record, perfect for the warmer weather and, along with previous single “Just Like You”, shows promise for Juvann’s sophomore effort The Great Escape. With an approach much like Isaiah Rashad before him, Marcellus Juvann comes across as another southerner with something to say and the skill to make that message heard. May the good times keep rolling for the young Houston native.