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NJ Next: Malc

Malc wants to motivate you!

Straight out of Bayonne New Jersey, Malc released “For Motivational Use Only” as a call to fans to “Get Up, Get Out and Get Something” (as OutKast put it). The project is full of songs perfect for the daily grind, the treadmill or any other situation requiring motivation. It’s also full of Malc’s insightful lyrics and beats that will appeal to older and younger Hip-Hop heads.

NJ Next’s Angelo Gingerelli recently sat down with Malc to discuss motivation, NJ’s Hip-Hop scene and what’s up with that Bulls jersey on the album cover…

When do you become a fan of Hip-Hop and when do you decide to become an artist?

I honestly couldn’t tell you when. It’s like something that I’ve always to since I could remember. My father was a huge Public Enemy and EPMD fan so I grew up hearing a lot of that. For myself I didn’t start making my own real music until 2017.

What part of Jersey are you from and what’s the Hip-Hop scene like there?

I’m from Bayonne, New Jersey. Hip-Hop in my city is like almost every other one in Jersey. A bunch of artist hungry and motivated to make it. And everybody doing everything possible to make that happen. We are a small town so I feel like it’s my duty to make it be known where I’m from and what I represent every time I get the opportunity to do it.

“For Motivational Use Only” is a great title and the cover art fits perfectly. What does that title mean to you and how did you decide on the cover?

The title means everything. It sets the tone before you even press play on any song. It’s reflective of how I live my life. If it can’t break you, let it motivate you. That’s where the title “For Motivational Use Only” comes from.

Are you still a Chicago Bulls fan?

I never was. I was born ’94 during the Jordan Era so that was one of my parents’ favorite players and they wanted me to have his jersey. I was a Lakers fan growing up. Now I root for whatever team Russell Westbrook is playing for.

What artists do you listen to for motivation?

Nas, Rick Ross, Jay-Z, Nipsey Hussle, Wale

What’s next for Malc?

More music for sure in 2020. We never stop recording so it’s just a matter of time before we drop another project. Definitely more performances and content. Just overall the goal is continue to apply pressure and pave our own lane here in jersey for 94Til.

Rapid Response Questions:

Top 5 MC’s Dead or Alive:

It’s hard to pick a top 5, but my 5 most listened to would be Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nas, J. Cole, Wale in no specific order.

Top 4 Producers you would like to work with if money was no object:

40, DJ Premier, Q-Tip, Kanye West

Top 3 acts from Jersey (besides yourself) that people should check out:

Soulfull and Karma both from the HoMD family, and my fellow Bayonne native Twice.

Top 2 places to perform in Jersey:

Anywhere in Bayonne!

Top 1 Reason everybody should check out Malc:

Because we’re doing something different at “94Til”. We’re giving a different perspective with a different sound. I feel like this is music everyone can identify with and take something from. We’re just daring to be different with every move we make. Do you! never them!

Angelo Gingerelli
Angelo Gingerellihttp://fifthroundmovement.com/
Angelo Gingerelli has been contributing to The Pop Break since 2015 and writing about pop culture since 2009. A Jersey shore native, Gingerelli is a writer, stand-up comic, hip-hop head, sneaker enthusiast, comic book fan, husband, father and supporter of the local arts scene. He likes debating the best rappers of all time, hates discussing why things were better in the “Good Ol’ Days” and loves beating The Pop Break staff at fantasy football. You can catch up with Angelo on Twitter/IG at https://twitter.com/Mr5thround, at his website www.FifthRoundMovement.com or interviewing rising stars in NJ’s Hip-Hop scene on “The A&R Podcast” (iTunes/SoundCloud).

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