No Streets (Just The World)
Consistent innovation in his approach to music composition and the never-dying effort to 'work the angles' on subject matter and concepts through clever yet intelligent wordplay, Marvel has evolved to become one of our nation's forerunners for hip-hop creativity. Marvel first realized this gift when he became aware of the Canadian rap artist's tendency to 'Americanize' their sound. Witnessed in his first ever appearance on vinyl, the seminal Canadian classic "Hate Runs Deep," Marvel writes and spits with a highly animated and pictorial style, often rhyming about issues that affect the underprivileged on a daily basis. Not surprisingly, the song won him a MuchMusic Award for Best Rap/Hip-Hop Video in 1996. The summer of that year spawned the white-labeled classic, "Wordz of" which garnered international critical acclaim, and the "Make It Happen" tour in June to promote the record. 1995-2000 proved to be an exceptional period for Marvel as well as Canadian hip-hop. Marvel is part of the Circle crew which feature members Saukrates, Kardinal Offishall, Solitaire, Y-look, and Tara Chase. It was during this time the country's musicians really began to showcase their talents internationally as well as at home. Rather than appearing on a track as a guest feature, he sought his own path and decided to release his own material. Beginning his own record-releasing outfit, Marvel released the 12 inch, "Throw This Ball," featuring former Circle members Tara Chase and Solitaire, a successful release which moved almost 2000 units worldwide. No Streets (Just the World) is a collective of tracks featuring some of the finest Canadian talent like K-OS, Arcee, production from Saukrates, Kardinal Offishall, Mr. Attic, Moss and much more.