SpaceGhostPurrp

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SpaceGhostPurrp
Birth name Markese Rolle
Born (1991-04-01) April 1, 1991 (age 24)[1][2]
Origin Miami, Florida, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, record producer, lyricist
Years active 2010–present[3]
Labels 4AD[4]
Associated acts Odd Future, Metro Zu, Key Nyata, Three 6 Mafia, DJ Smokey, Juicy J

Markese Rolle (born April 1, 1991), better known by his stage name SpaceGhostPurrp (often stylized as SPVCXXGHXZTPVRRP or simply SPACEGHOSTPURRP), is an American rapper and producer from Miami, Florida, and is the founder of the hip hop group Raider Klan (stylized as RVIDXR KLVN). He gathered a following in the underground hip hop scene through mixtapes, producing, and his work with other underground artists. He has produced tracks for Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, Juicy J and Project Pat.[5] On June 12, 2012, his debut album was released, which was titled Mysterious Phonk: Chronicles of SPACEGHOSTPURRP.

Biography[edit]

1991–2011: Early life and career beginnings[edit]

SpaceGhostPurrp was born Markese Rolle on April 1, 1991, in Carol City, Florida, in Uptown Miami.[6] He began rapping at age 7 and producing at age 13, attended Silver Trail Middle School in Pembroke Pines and Everglades High School in Miramar.[5][7] He began skateboarding frequently in high school[8] and later on decided that he wanted to pursue a career in music and worked to graduate from high school early. His early music releases on YouTube were stylized under the moniker "Muney Jordan", and "MJ23" (in reference to Michael Jordan and his jersey number). SpaceGhostPurrp formed hip hop collective Raider Klan in 2008 along with fellow members Dough Dough Da Don, Kadafi, and Jitt. After Jitt's tragic death in 2010, Purrp began to further pursue his career in music, later dropping BLACKLAND RADIO 66.6

2012–13: Mysterious Phonk: The Chronicles of SPACEGHOSTPURRP[edit]

In early 2012 SpaceGhostPurrp signed a one-off record deal with British indie label 4AD and began remixing tracks from his earlier mix tapes for his debut album. Most of his early songs feature samples from sources such as train whistles, female porn stars, and drops from the soundtrack of the Mortal Kombat video game, as well as other video game series.[8] In addition to his own songs, he also produces beats for other artists (mostly those in the Raider Klan), but has made beats for other people as well. He produced one track titled T.A.P. for Taylor Allderdice, a mix tape by Wiz Khalifa as well as "Keep it G" & "Pretty Flacko" for ASAP Rocky.

His debut album, titled Mysterious Phonk: Chronicles of SPACEGHOSTPURRP, was released on June 12, 2012, and consists of mostly remixed tracks from previous mixtapes. He occasionally worked with rapper Juicy J and has produced a number of tracks from Juicy J's "Blue Dream & Lean". He also guest stars on Juicy J's "Deez Bitches Rollin'" with rapper fellow Speakz. SpaceGhostPurrp also featured on Domo Genesis's & The Alchemist's debut collaboration album "No Idols" on the track "Daily News" (also featuring Earl Sweatshirt & Action Bronson), as well as Freddie Gibbs' "Kush Cloud" along with Krayzie Bone. SpaceGhostPurrp revealed in an interview [9] that there is an upcoming project between him and rap group Odd Future, which has supported him by playing his music at shows since he released the mixtape BLACKLAND RADIO 66.6. SpaceGhost also revealed that along with Odd Future, hip-hop legend GZA of Wu-Tang Clan has asked him for beats, as well as rappers Smoke DZA and Mac Miller.[10]

On July 16, 2012, SpaceGhostPurrp began his first tour with hardcore punk band Trash Talk. The mini tour lasted from 16 July 16 to 23rd - performing four shows in California, one in Oregon, and two in Washington. His song "The Black God" was named #46 on Pitchfork's 50 best songs of 2012 list.[11] He also performed in Miami during Ultra Music Festival on March 17, 2013 alongside fellow Raider Klan members Yung Simmie and Klan Rico.[12]

2014–present: IntoXXXicated and other projects[edit]

On January 19, 2014, SpaceGhostPurrp released a compilation titled 58 Blunts of Purrp, consisting of his own songs, hard to find tracks, and some he either produced or had a feature on.[13] On February 28, 2014, SpaceghostPurrp released an 18-track mixtape called B.M.W. 2: IntoXXXicated, which included no features and returned to the lo-fi sound of his earlier mixtapes. Shortly after he released a slightly different version of "B.M.W. 2: IntoXXXicated" that had tempos of certain songs changed, and while the overall sound quality was slightly improved it still retained much of the lo-fi qualities as before.[14] A few months after this it was mastered, had some tracks removed, as a well as an additional new track added, and released as an album on iTunes under the name IntoXXXicated.[15]

Early in 2015, SpaceGhostPurrp released two new projects, the first of which was titled Dark Angel and released on January 13.[16] The second project, a 5-track EP called Money Mendoza was released on January 25.[17] Later that year, SpaceGhost left Miami, severing most remaining ties in that city, and moved to Atlanta, where he has reportedly made music with artists such as OG Maco and Father. However, he has also been involved in a feud with rapper RichPoSlim, who is signed to, and a member of, Father's label Awful Records.

In April 2015, SpaceGhostPurrp released two compilations. One titled VENENO, it being an extended version of the EP released earlier that year, and the other titled "PYRO Era", consisting mostly of loose tracks released in 2014 and 2015.

On the 9th of May, a new EP called Richest Revenge under the moniker, Money Mendoza, was released through his Instagram account.

In May 2015, Raider Klan released Raider Klan Records: The Mixtape which featured some production and vocals from SpaceGhostPurrp.

On June 24, 2015, Dej Loaf released a song featuring Young Thug titled "Shawty", co-produced by Young Roc which featured a sample of the song "RAIDER PRAYER"'s instrumental off of SpaceGhostPurrp's album Mysterious Phonk: The Chronicles of SPACEGHOSTPURRP. Purrp was uncredited by the producer resulting in a minor conflict via Twitter which was soon resolved peacefully.

On July 2, 2015, it was announced via SpaceGhostPurrp's Instagram page, that he rejoined Raider Klan.

Influences[edit]

SpaceGhostPurrp has listed many artists as an influence, which include Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa, Gucci Mane, 1017 Brick Squad,[18] Three 6 Mafia, UGK, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Eazy-E, 2Pac, and DJ Screw.[19]

He has collaborated with many of his influences, namely Juicy J on his mixtape "Blue Dream & Lean" released in 2012. SpaceGhostPurrp often attributes his dark "phonk" sound to the dangerous and violent environment he grew up around in Carol City which he refers to as "Blackland", linking it with his references to hell, and the satanic symbolism in his critically acclaimed mixtape "BLACKLAND RADIO 66.6". He as well as other Raider Klan members have made references to the shooting of Trayvon Martin, he made a tribute song titled "No Evidence" which was released on his album "Mysterious Phonk: The Chronicles of SPACEGHOSTPURRP" which was distributed with his 4AD record deal.

SpaceGhostPurrp has also stated he is a big fan of extreme metal bands such as Meshuggah.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Mysterious Phonk: Chronicles of SPACEGHOSTPURRP (2012)
  • iLLside: Miami (2015)

Digital albums[edit]

  • BLACKLAND RADIO 66.6 (2011)
  • Mysterious Phonk: Chronicles of SPACEGHOSTPURRP (Instrumental Version) (2012)
  • Tales from the Underground: The Album (2013) with Raider Klan
  • IntoXXXicated (2014)
  • NASA Gang (Remastered) (2014)

Mixtapes[edit]

  • NASA: The Mixtape (2010)
  • Purpped & Chopped (2011)
  • CLUB NASA (2011)
  • GOD OF BLACK (2012)
  • B.M.W. (2012)
  • The Winter's Mine (2013)
  • B.M.W. 2: IntoXXXicated (2014)
  • Raider Klan Records: The Mixtape (2015) with Raider Klan

Extended plays[edit]

  • Dark Angel (2015)
  • Money Mendoza (2015)
  • Richest Revenge (2015) as Money Mendoza

Compilation mixtapes[edit]

  • NASA Underground: Lost Tapes 1991–'93 (2010)
  • NASA Underground: Lost Tapes 1994–'96 (2010)
  • NASA Underground: Lost Tapes 1997–2000 (2011)
  • 275 Greatest Hits (2012) with Raider Klan
  • BRK Greatest Hits, Vol. 2: Collector's Edition (2013) with Raider Klan
  • Best Of SGP: Sizzurp Tape (2013)
  • 58 Blunts of Purrp (2014)
  • VENENO (2015)

References[edit]

  1. ^ SpaceGhostPurrp. 4AD. Retrieved on November 4, 2013.
  2. ^ Fri, Crossfade. (June 8, 2012) Best of Miami 2012 – Best Solo Musician: SpaceGhostPurrp. Blogs.miaminewtimes.com. Retrieved on November 4, 2013.
  3. ^ 18. SpaceGhostPurrp — The 25 Best Rappers 25 And Under. Complex (June 14, 2012). Retrieved on November 4, 2013.
  4. ^ "A$AP Rocky vs. SpaceGhostPurrp". June 29, 2012. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Act Like U Know: SpaceGhostPurrp". March 22, 2012. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ [2][dead link]
  8. ^ a b "Thrasher Exclusive: Interview with SpaceGhostPurrp as SXSW". March 29, 2012. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  9. ^ "SpaceGhostPurrp talks new sound, new album". June 18, 2012. Retrieved September 17, 2012. 
  10. ^ "SpaceGhostPurrp x Atrilli Interview". June 15, 2012. Retrieved September 17, 2012. 
  11. ^ 46. SpaceGhostPurrp "The Black God" — The 50 Best Songs of 2012. Complex (December 11, 2012). Retrieved on November 4, 2013.
  12. ^ SpaceGhostPurrp Talks Drugs: "That Molly Strong As Hell". YouTube. Retrieved on November 4, 2013.
  13. ^ "Mixtape Not Found". Datpiff.com. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  14. ^ "Mixtape Not Found". Datpiff.com. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  15. ^ "iTunes - Music - IntoXXXicated by SpaceGhostPurrp". Itunes.apple.com. 2014-05-27. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  16. ^ [3][dead link]
  17. ^ "Mixtape Not Found". Datpiff.com. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  18. ^ "SpaceGhostPurrp Talks 4AD Signing, Cee-Lo Collaboration". March 26, 2012. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  19. ^ "SpaceGhostPurrp". Retrieved June 29, 2012.