Born in Silver Springs, Maryland, Marcus Christ currently lives and works in Compton, California, and travels home to DC on occasion. A former political science student Marcus has released numerous albums, mixtapes and singles which can be found on various media platforms and websites around the globe. Currently getting ready to release the “Prince of the Universe” album, Marcus has dropped another one of his latest singles, “If I Die Tonight”.
Like Marcus Christ’s previous releases, the new single works across multiple levels. The casual listener will be consumed by the way Marcus paints vivid emotions; blending bars and melodies around a diverse palate of sounds. Marcus’s technical skill, as always, is something of awe, and in the first few listens it’s his lyrical gymnastics as he switches between rapping and some sing-song bars that make listeners take note.
The Compton rapper proceeds to unravel a few questions with this cerebral and self-conscious offering, making sense of his thoughts with the listener as a fly on the wall. Across the track there are multiple references to various ideologies on death, however it feels like Marcus is still in the process of searching for all the truths.
He’s open about his own thoughts and contradictions, as much as he is preaching any kind of testament to anybody else — in fact, for the entirety of “If I Die Tonight” it feels more like he’s addressing himself than anyone else.
Marcus Christ doesn’t have all the answers to life’s questions, but he knows death is a real option, and has no fear: “If I die tonight, imma be alright. I wouldn’t change a thing, I can do it twice.” In this way the track feels incredibly human and perhaps his most relatable work.
Marcus offers a true snapshot of the eternal debates that we host inside our heads, and there is immense bravery and artistry in his depiction. For a track focused on somewhat extreme, dark emotions, and along with its strange little samples, over-echoed vocals and other mysteries, Marcus Christ is at his most belligerent and strident on “If I Die Tonight”.