MartyHeemCherry, whose given title is Malik, in honor of the late Black chief Malcolm X, catches the attention of many. His distinctive trend sense, genuine lyrical alternative, and hands-on neighborhood work, positively flip heads, however his putting secondary title appears to peak most individuals’s curiosity essentially the most, “The Finest Rapper in D.C.”
Whereas some may assume his title comes off as pompous, the rapper and activist defined it’s finally meant to problem the established order and embrace the Black satisfaction and excellence. His connection to wholesome dwelling and dedication to neighborhood make him a multifaceted, optimistic determine that not solely wows along with his type and artistry, however dedication to the betterment of the District and world.
Upbringing: What’s in a Identify, Rising Up Socially Accountable
MartyHeemCherry defined that his given title, “Malik,” appeared to put out what his future was to be and even needed to be.
“I used to be raised in a house that gave me a way of duty to my neighborhood.”
Rising up his mom was a social employee and his father was a neighborhood organizer working with Hoops for Peace, a non-profit group that gathers the neighborhood to strengthen peace.
Throughout his youth, the now artists grew to become drawn to rap, creating his expertise on the native group Fingers on the Future, which inspires younger folks rising up in Washington, D.C. to embrace their creativity and discover music manufacturing.
His background and work with Fingers on the Future, propelled MartyHeemCherry, not solely into his creative journey, however advocacy as nicely. He later grew to become a mentor for Fingers on the Future and a contributing organizer for future occasions to return.
MartyHeemCherry has taken his expertise in organizing, the humanities and mentorship, and utilized it to a number of sides of the neighborhood, incorporating his music alongside the way in which. He’s participated and contributed to such occasions because the Sankofa Babacue, celebrating Juneteenth and Father’s Day, and Good Home Musik & Pals, which befell at Metro Bar, highlighting Black distributors.
Alongside his journey into consciousness, he grew to become dedicated to taking good care of his well being and have become extra conscious of the significance of selling inside well-being to the populace. Because of this, MartyHeemCherry promotes wholesome dwelling via his inventive content material place at Maat Sunz, a neighborhood well being and wellness firm targeted on holistically therapeutic humanity via minerals, alkaline crops, and meals.
The artist and activist additionally contributes to the Energy to the Folks Program, a Photo voltaic Options initiative that works to supply D.C. low-income householders with free photo voltaic panels. Notably, the corporate can be well-known for its work in putting in photo voltaic panels on the African American Museum.
Taking his dedication to the neighborhood additional, MartyHeemCherry, makes use of music to unfold optimistic and insightful messages. He has an album dropping in September.
The rapper defined the which means behind the title of his upcoming album, “2633, The Blue Jay & The Phoenix.” Now, 28, he shared that the 26 within the title was his age when he started creating the album and that the 33 represented his former girlfriend’s age— each robust themes within the album.
The Blue Jay facet of the title represents his repeated experiences of seeing the fowl all through D.C. and defined he usually noticed them all through the time he spent along with his ex.
General, he explains that “2633, The Blue Jay & The Phoenix,” has a boy-meets-world theme and is a coming-of-age album.
“[The album] is a end result of issues that I picked up from the Most-Excessive and the universe.”
Via lyric and neighborhood affect, “The Finest Rapper in D.C.,” encourages the neighborhood to assume extra deeply about their selections: fascinated about how you reside, the way you eat, and what you assist not solely makes the individual, however inevitably, the neighborhood.
Look out for his upcoming album, “2633, The Blue Jay & The Phoenix,” that includes the songs, “Time” and “Marlo’s Furnishings.”
The album will probably be dropping on his birthday, September 1, with a listening social gathering happening the identical month, with the precise date to be decided.
To maintain updated on the listening social gathering and all thingsMartyHeemCherry, comply with him on Instagram and Soundcloud @thebestrapperindc.