Mars (rapper)

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Mars
Mars Masked Gun.jpg
Mars publicity photo from 2002
Background information
Birth nameMario Delgado[1]
Born (1980-04-18) April 18, 1980 (age 38)
Antioch, California,[2] United States
OriginPittsburg, California[3]
GenresHorrorcore, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop
Occupation(s)rapper, entrepreneur, record producer, actor
Years active1997-present
LabelsMad Insanity Records, Empire Distribution, Force 5 Records, Eternal Sounds Records, RED Distribution, Sony Music Entertainment,
Associated actsKung Fu Vampire, Ganksta N-I-P, Twiztid
Websitehttp://www.madinsanity.com

Mario Delgado (born April 18, 1980), better known by his stage name Mars, is a Mexican American rapper, entrepreneur, record producer, photographer, and actor from the San Francisco Bay Area city of Pittsburg, California,[1][4] who often performs with a Hannibal Lecter-style mask.[5] He specializes in horrorcore music.

Personal life[edit]

Mars was born in Antioch, California, and raised throughout East Contra Costa County, primarily in the city of Pittsburg. He attended Liberty High School and Pittsburg Adult Education before dropping out of his regular curriculum and enrolling in various college courses, including photography, marketing and communication, and publication design.

Mars has three children, born in 1999, 2001 and 2007. His son Gavin has appeared in promotional videos, on stage, press, and music videos alongside his father, including the Kung Fu Vampire music video for "Love Bites.”

Career[edit]

Delgado began his rap career in 1997. Along with childhood friend J RZ, he formed Mad Insanity Records, through which they released their basement-style tapes to their friends locally. His stage name "Mars" was a nickname he had been called by classmates as a shortened version of his given name.

In 1998, he released his first unofficial project, S.I.D.S., on homemade cassettes and CD-Rs. Lyrical topics included rape, suicide, murder, and abortion. The tape is now considered a collector’s item by fans.[6]

On May 9, 1999, J RZ, Mars, and several Mad Insanity Records artists and crew members were involved in a fight with Detroit rappers Eminem and Proof at The Fillmore in San Francisco during Eminem's performance on his first headlining "Slim Shady" tour.[7] The incident was published in several notable hip-hop blogs and Bay Area newspapers, allowing Mad Insanity Records to gain a regional buzz.

In 2001, Mars signed with Black Market Records and helped found Rest In Peace Records with Rod and Anthony Singleton. That same year, Mars helped sign horrorcore pioneer Ganxsta NIP and released the Houston, Texas, artist's album The Return of the Psychopath nationwide. Mars also headed the album’s publicity and marketing as project manager for the album. When Black Market CEO Cedric Singleton observed the success Mars achieved with the project management of Ganxsta NIP, he was assigned to oversee the latest album from rap artist Big Lurch, All Bad. The Rest In Peace moniker was shortlived, due in part to Mars requesting his release from the label to push his own Mad Insanity Records.

In 2005, Mars released his debut album, Mars Attacks, with online stores selling out of copies on the first day of pre-orders, two weeks before the album’s release. Later that year, he received national attention when fan Jeff Weise, who had frequented Mars' website and forum, killed nine people.[8] Mars stated on his website that he had no link to Weise whatsoever other than Weise being a fan of his music. Due to media attention and buzz, he gained the attention of hip-hop distribution label Beyond Spaced Entertainment and re-released Mars Attacks to stores worldwide.[9]

That same year, Mars was used as the model of a character in Hostage, a movie based on a novel by Robert Crais. The movie was adapted for the screen by Doug Richardson, with the Mars-influenced role played by Ben Foster.[10]

On August 19, 2008, Psychopathic Records and sub-label Hatchet House released their Tunnel Runners compilation, featuring material from underground rappers and groups not signed to the label.[11] The compilation entered the Billboard Top 25 Rap Albums chart in its first week. After the Mars track "They Watchin Me" featuring Mike Marshall became the most popular song on the project, Violent J of the group Insane Clown Posse invited Mars to perform on Psychopathic Records’ "Shock Therapy Tour" alongside Anybody Killa, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Boondox, Axe Murder Boyz, and J Reno. After Boondox experienced medical issues from a prior surgery, Mars replaced the artist on Insane Clown Posse's 2008 “Hallowicked Clown Tour.”[12]

In 2009, soon after the release of his album School House Glock: Extra Credit, a project that blatantly poked fun at his previous controversy, Delgado received international attention once again when Mars fan Richard Sam McCroskey killed four people.[1] McCroskey's MySpace page listed Mars as his favorite rapper, and Mars told law enforcement he had seen and signed autographs for McCroskey at various events before the murders.[13] Following these events, Delgado was interviewed by several TV news outlets around the United States, including CBS News, Fox News, ABC News, and CNN.[14][15][16]

Mars released The Zodiac Mixtape (Limited Edition) LP through Mad Insanity on March 20, 2012. On June 17, 2014, Empire Distribution released his entire discography digitally, including new singles “Hold On,” “Hurt ‘Em,” and “Overnight Change.”[17]

In October 2015, Mars was asked to interview his favorite horror figures for a takeover of CBS Radio's website Man Cave Daily. After landing interviews and photoshoots alongside actress Mena Suvari, Insane Clown Posse, and Sid Haig, he was asked to work full-time as a celebrity blogger.

In 2016, after a brief hiatus, Mars embarked on his "Road To Redemption" tour. He went on to win the Best Male Hip-Hop trophy at the 9Quota Awards. Mars made several appearances on artists’ albums and compilations, including the song "All I Know," which appeared on 1 World Magazine and Knocksmith Magazine's No H compilation. In January 2017, the project won Hip-Hop Album of the Year at the 9Quota Awards.[18] Mars took home the Best Overall Hip-Hop and Best Overall Artist awards. The same day, Mars inked a deal with Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Force 5 Records.[19] He moved to the Midwest to focus on recording music and helping to establish the new label. He released the single “Creatures of the Night,” featuring Tech N9ne and Twiztid, as his first physical record with Force 5. On July 28, 2017, he released his album Glockcoma. Mars also appeared on New York hardcore musician Danny Diablo's album The Crackson Heights Project, released to an overseas market through Eternal Sound Records, the international distributor for Force 5 Records. He released a series of songs and appearances on Force 5 Records’ Ruckus Mixtape, including the song "Freak Treat," which was given away for free both digitally and physically.

In 2018, Mars released his collaborative album Drunk On The Hwy with Young Swizz through Force 5 Records. On January 20th he won Best Hip-Hop Single Of The Year at the 9Quota Awards for “Creatures Of The Night”.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
  • S.I.D.S. (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) (1998)
  • The Zodiac Mixtape Limited Edition (LP) (2012)
  • Glockcoma (LP) (2017)
  • Drunk On The Hwy (LP) (2018) (with Young Swizz)
EPs
  • Mars Attacks (EP) (2006)
  • School House Glock (EP) (2008)
Singles
  • "Mistreat" (1998)
  • "Rise To Power" (2000) (with Mad Insanity)
  • "Slaughterhouse feat Halfbreed" (2001) (with Mad Insanity)
  • "I Can't Hate" (2005)
  • "Stinky the Rapist" (2009) (with Mad Insanity)
  • "Hurt 'Em " (2012)
  • "A Different Tune" (2013)
  • "Overnight Change" (2013)
  • "Hold On" (2014)
  • DLK Enterprise Presents: Mars, V-town, Telly Mac - "I'm Taken Yo Life" (2014)
  • "Gotta Problem" (2017)
  • "Creatures Of The Night feat Tech N9ne & Twiztid" (2017)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Bulwa, Demian (September 23, 2009). "Bay Area suspect allegedly bludgeoned victims". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-09-24.
  2. ^ "MARS: Music Artist - MySpace Profile". Mar's Official MySpace Page. 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-24.
  3. ^ "Chilling Castro Valley man arrested, suspect in the killing of four people in Virginia". Oakland Tribune. September 19, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-24.
  4. ^ "The old skateboard magic returns with a spin on "da bomb"". Contra Costa Times. November 2, 1997. Retrieved 2009-09-24.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
  6. ^ "Local horrorcore rapper Mars finds controversy, success". Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  7. ^ "November Hip Hop News". Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Officials: Up to 20 Students May Have Ties To Red Lake Plot". MTV.com. April 4, 2005. Retrieved 2009-09-24.
  9. ^ http://www.discogs.com/label/Beyond+Space+Entertainment
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-23. Retrieved 2013-04-11.
  11. ^ http://www.insaneclownposse.com/carnival/iframe.php?page_id=icp_news&month=8&year=2008#a2 Archived 2009-02-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ "Yahoo". Yahoo. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  13. ^ "Investigators probe 'horrorcore' music in Farmville slayings". WSLS. September 23, 2009. Archived from the original on January 5, 2013. Retrieved 2009-09-24.
  14. ^ Vazquez, Joe (September 24, 2009). "'Horrorcore' killing suspect quiet, picked on". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-09-24.
  15. ^ "Rap artists say they're made scapegoats in shootings". Star Tribune. April 4, 2005. Retrieved 2009-09-24.
  16. ^ Donaldson, Stan; Hoffman, Nathaniel (June 24, 2004). "Murder of rap promoter puts spotlight on violence in industry". Contra Costa Times. Retrieved 2009-09-24.
  17. ^ "Rapped and Tagged: Mars School House Glock! Extra Credit". Fangoria. July 17, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-24.
  18. ^ https://issuu.com/vandala/docs/march_2017_vandala_magazine
  19. ^ http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/07/20/horrorcore-rapper-shows-softer-side-to-antiochs-homeless/

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