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One of the most extraordinary products of recent Fillmore history is Messy Marv, a rapper whose life reflects the neighborhood’s struggle with a half century of urban renewal and the ’80s-era introduction of crack into America’s ghettos. In 1996, when he was still in 10th grade, he released his first album, Messy Situations (Ammo). Though it sold around 15,000 units, Mess admits he didn’t take music seriously at first.
“I dropped out of high school due to family issues,” he says. “I had to grow up real fast and do the man thing, but I started doin’ the street thing.”
Nonetheless, Mess’s rap reputation grew, and in 1997 he hooked up with San Quinn to record Explosive Mode (Presidential, 1998), which has sold more than 50,000 copies. “There was a lot of hype around the hood about how he was better than me or I was better than him,” Mess says. “We decided to come together, and we made a classic.”
“At that time, I was really on the street, living outta cars, doing real bad things,” he recalls. “So Quinn and his mom took me in.”
Despite his success when few in the Bay were moving many units, Mess was unable to leave the dope game, partly due to his own addiction.
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Top 10 Messy Marv Songs
Playin' Wit My Nose
Get On My Hype
In The Game
I'm Too Thowed
Thug Life
Millionaire Gangsta
2 To The Neck
I Don't Dance
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Top 10 Messy Marv Albums
Bandannas, Tattoos & Tongue Rings
What You Know Bout Me? Part 2
The Block Files
Draped Up & Chipped Out 2
Bandanas, Tattoos & Tounge Rings
What You Know Bout Me?
Turf Politics
Messy Situations
Messcalen-Scrapers, Stunnas and White Tees
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