Rapper Marc-Jean Releases “Run This Town” Remix

“We go to a school that we’re proud of…I wanted to make a song that all Penn Staters could jam to,” said Marc-Jean, a local rapper who released a remix via Youtube to the song “Run This Town” (originally performed by Jay-Z featuring Rihanna).

The video, which premiered at midnight, shows Marc-Jean walking around campus rapping his own lyrics all about Penn State, the football team, and Joe Paterno. He chose places like the stadium and College Ave to walk around, and even featured some Penn State squirrels.

Although he’s been writing raps and poetry since 8th grade, Marc-Jean began his rapping career in high school, when he started making up raps in his head on the way to school. One night at a house party, he rapped over the music playing for three hours while people kept yelling topics at him. Afterwards, someone told him to take his career to the next level, and he began recording the next weekend.

When asked about who he’s inspired by, Marc-Jean answered, “Hands down, Eminem. He puts heart into his music, and you hear it.” He also mentioned Drake, and Lil’ Wayne, and Mac Miller as influencers. Of Miller, he says, “It’s good to see artists like him make it. He’s just having a great time, and that’s whats important.”

Having a great time is what the new album is going to focus on with a name like “Purple Drink” and tracks entitled “Party Party Party.” Marc-Jean says “Party Party Party” is his favorite track and will be the song in his next music video.

The album, which will be released at on July 30th, is completely free. Marc-Jean feels that he has really matured with this album, which has been in the works for about a year and a half. He said it was tough choosing just 11 tracks out of the original 17 that he had recorded.

New to twitter, @marc_jean_d is holding a contest for those who retweet the link to his “Run This Town” remix. Winners will receive an autographed CD of his album, and a Purple Drink t-shirt.

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Maddy Pryor

I'm a 2013 Penn State alum with a B. A. in Public Relations as well as minors in History and Communications Arts and Sciences. I am proudly from Neptune, NJ and talk about it at any opportunity possible. I love college basketball and am a big fan of Penn State Basketball, as well as their official student section, Nittany Nation. I'm a big supporter of Relay For Life of Penn State as well as THON and Coaches vs. Cancer.

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