I’ve been thinking about this episode for a very long time. I wanted to make sure I got it right. Today, we’re talking about Tucson’s hip hop scene with the one and only, Marcus Meridian aka Big Meridox.
Rap and hip-hop was my first love as a young kid growing up in Wyoming. Just about every rap record I could get my hands on blew my mind in some way. I’d seen Marcus perform around town when I first moved here, but never worked up the nerve to talk to him until now. He’s a brilliant MC who’s been doing it in Tucson for more than a decade now (maybe closer to two at this point) and he knows what makes this scene tick more than anyone else. This is a fascinating conversation with a true Tucson hip hop legend, and I couldn’t be more excited to bring it to you.
We also have music from the incredible rap collective, the Jivin Scientists, for you this week. Check out their most recent free EP on Soundcloud, Grunkles Gulch — two tracks are featured in this week’s podcast.
Topics: Tucson hip hop, grimy raps, Big Meridox, the Jivin Scientists, hiding music from your parents, Chuck D, Philadelphia, having your mind blown, Wilson Pickett, cyphers, regionalism, sampling, figuring out the difference between the real and the false, sacrifice, the golden era, dramatic life events, and the things we do for love.