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Birth nameMarco Anthony Archer
Born (1994-10-11) October 11, 1994 (age 24)
Anaheim, California
GenresHip hop
Years active2010–present
Associated actsDizzy Wright, Hopsin

Marco Anthony Archer known by his stage name Phora (forà), is an American rapper from Anaheim, California. 2011 he founded his own record label, Yours Truly.[2] February 14, 2017, Phora announced via Instagram he signed a major label deal with Warner Bros. Records.[1] So far Phora has written eight albums all relating to his past struggles. These albums include "Still a Kid", "One Life to Live", "Sincerely Yours", "Angel With Broken Wings", "With Love", and his debut album "Yours Truly Forever". Most recently, in 2018, he released a follow-up to his debut album, entitled "Love is Hell".

Early life[edit]

Marco Archer was born in Anaheim, California. Before his career in music, Archer worked as a tattoo artist which proved to be relatively lucrative and aided in the funding of his rap career. In 2011, Marco was nearly stabbed to death in Anaheim, CA just outside of Trident Learning Center, now known as Gilbert High School.[3] He has survived a stabbing and two shootings.[4][5][6][7] On August 25, 2015, While he was driving on the 210 freeway in Pasadena around 2 a.m., a gray Infiniti sedan pulled up alongside Archer, who was driving home with his then girlfriend, Destiny. Three bullets from a .45 caliber pistol were fired into his back and neck, narrowly missing his vertebra. The crime remains unsolved.[8]

Personal Life[edit]

His breakup had been public on social media where he wrote a new song about it. It seems though that they just recently got back together, also making it public on social media a few weeks before his 2018 tour started.

Musical style[edit]

Growing up, Archer was strongly influenced by graffiti to make music and influenced by his father to pursue music.[9] In his song The World from his album Angels With Broken Wings (2015) he calls J. Cole, Hopsin and Logic the only rappers he likes. His musical style can also be defined by the two producers Eskupe and Anthro Beats.[10]



List of albums, with selected details
Title Album details Peak chart positions

Yours Truly Forever
  • Released: August 18, 2017
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Format: Digital download, CD
44 1
Love Is Hell
  • Released: October 5, 2018
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Format: Digital download, CD


List of mixtapes, with selected details
Title Album details Peak chart positions

Still a Kid
One Life to Live
  • Released: July 1, 2013
  • Label: Yours Truly
  • Format: Digital download
Sincerely Yours
  • Released: May 18, 2014
  • Label: Yours Truly
  • Format: Digital download, CD
Angels with Broken Wings
  • Released: October 11, 2015
  • Label: Yours Truly
  • Format: Digital download, CD
18[13] 14[14]
With Love
  • Released: October 11, 2016
  • Label: Yours Truly
  • Format: Digital download, CD


List of EPs, with selected details
Title Album details Peak chart positions

Nights Like These 83[15]


List of singles as a lead artist, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US Rap
Billboard Twitter Real-Time
"Open Letter" 2016 40[16] Non-album single

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"If Tomorrow Never Comes" 2014 Anthro Beats, Eskupe If Tomorrow Never Comes
"They Don't Understand" 2015 Cristiles N/A
"Guardian Angel" 2016 Anthro Beats
"Interlude" 2018 Mozzy, Terrace Martin Spiritual Conversations

Music videos[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Phora Signed a major label deal with Warner Bros. Records". Instagram. Retrieved 2017-02-15.
  2. ^ "Exclusive Interview: Phora". STERYO. Retrieved 2015-06-05.
  3. ^ "Rapper Phora biography". MTV. Archived from the original on 2016-05-05.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ a b "Inspirational Lyrics: Phora - My Story (Near Death Experience At Age 16)". 2013-11-26.
  5. ^ "Rapper Phora Shot on California Highway". TheBoombox. Retrieved 2015-08-27.
  6. ^ "California Rapper Phora Survives Shooting". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2015-08-25.
  7. ^ "Underground Rapper Known as 'Phora' Wounded in Shooting on 210 Freeway". ktla. Retrieved 2015-08-26.
  8. ^ "O.C. Rapper Phora Has Nearly Been Murdered Twice, But His Music Stays the same but he has talked about very serious topics like drug use and abuse". LA Weekly. Retrieved 2015-10-27.
  9. ^ "About Phora on Genius". Genius. Retrieved 2013-10-11.
  10. ^ "Phora Archives - Producers United". ProducersUnited. Retrieved 2013-08-06.
  11. ^ a b
  12. ^
  13. ^ "Phora - 'Angels with Broken Wings' American iTunes Chart Performance". iTunesCharts. Retrieved 2015-10-11.
  14. ^ "Phora - 'Angels with Broken Wings' Billboard". Retrieved 2015-10-31.
  15. ^ "Phora - 'Nights Like These' American iTunes Chart Performance". iTunesCharts. Retrieved 2014-12-10.
  16. ^ "Open Letter" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 40 on the Billboard Twitter Real-Time chart". Billboard. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  17. ^ "Phora - Deeper Than Blood (Yours Truly Submitted)". 2015-04-05.
  18. ^ "Phora - Open Letter (Yours Truly Submitted)". 2016-01-26.

External links[edit]

List of music videos, with directors, showing year released
Title Year Director(s)
"Sick With It"
(featuring P1CASO)
2011 N/A
"Taggerstyle Pt. 2"
(featuring Maiselph)
"Inner City Kids" Presh
(featuring Hands)
"Past Is Forever" 2012
"Think Again"
(featuring Good Grades)
Vintage FAP
"The Experience" N/A
"Nothing But Love" Torey Ryba
"Real?" 2013 Solidvisions
"Despair" Nelson Moran
"As The Wind Blows" Phora & Destiny Blakely
"90's Baby"
(featuring InDJnous)
"Hope" Phora
"Lost Souls"
"The Old Days"
"What It's Like"
"No Other Way"
"Donuts" N/A
"As Time Goes By" Phora
"My Story" Reuben Colazo[4]
"Catharsis" 2014 N/A
"Tell Me" Phora & Nelson Moran
"The Root of All Evil" Phora
"Reflections" George Orozco
"Girl" Phora
"Night Owls"
"Stay True" George Orozco
"Roll Witchu"
(featuring Dizzy Wright)
"Before Its Over Pt. 2" 2015 Phora
"Deeper Than Blood" George Orozco[17][18]
"What If"
"Gods Plan"
"The Beauty Inside"
"The One For You"
"Open Letter" 2016
"I Think I Love You"
"Like Me"
"Palm Trees"
"Move Too Fast"
"Fake Smiles"
"The Cold"
"Slow Down" 2017
"Run To"
"Sinner Pt. 2"
"To The Moon"
"Boss Up" 2018 George Orozco & 6th Element
"Holding On"
"Come Thru"
"Stuck In My Ways"
"I still love you" 2019 Brian Robles & 6th Element
"Don't Change"
"Find a way"