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Seth talks about his new release - "So many people feel safe doing the same thing.  So, when you decide to think outside the box, you become one of a few.  And at times, it's hard to find the rest of the people who think like you.  You're on a road less traveled."
 
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01 Now 10 Call Me
02 Mister 11 Dream Hope Wish Pray
03 Nigggaville 12 3rd Sunday
04 Friendly Reminder 13 Just Say
05 Back To '88 14 You Know
06 Sweat 15 Do It
07 Conversation Skillz 16 People Everywhere
08 So Sexual 17 Live From The Podium
09 I Didn't Think So 18 Last Song

 

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01 SOUL MUSIC Intro 10 Poisonous Men
02 To Tha Beat Y'all 11 Skit
03 Stir It Up 12 Letter To The Editor
04 So Fyne 13 Chat Room
05 Carry On 14 Must Be
06 MC 15 Follow Me
07 So Amazing 16 Best That I Can
08 Sweet Tooth 17 Hands Up
09 Take It Easy  

 

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01 Smile 12 Jewelz
02 Fix Your Face 13 Skit (HSM) ft. DJ Jus Mic
03 Recollection 14 3rd Person
04 The Hey 15 Inside of Me
05 Gunz Intro 16 Dance With Me
06 Gunz Seth Marcel - Gunz mp3 Single 17 Cry Freedom
07 I Am Everything Seth Marcel I Am Everything mp3 Single 18 Welcome
08 Let Ya Hair Down 19 Props
09 Amen Intro 20 It's Like That Y'all Pt. 1
10 Amen 21 It's Like That Y'all Pt. 2
11 Butterfly Effect  

 

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01 Billie's Here 08 Slow Down Bill
02 Fifty Percent 09 Panties Wet
03 So Fresh 10 Story Jam
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05 It's Alright 12 We Can Do This
06 F*ck All Y'all 13 Makin' Me Feel
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01 Full Moon 08 Rude Boy
02 Red Lights and Incense 09 Continuous Vibe
03 Six Souls Singin' 10 Kill A Copy Kat
04 IOU 11 6=MC2
05 Mr. A and R 12 Simply Red
06 Brainstorm 13 Hidden Track
07 Battle Interlude 14 Hidden Track


 

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01 SOUL MUSIC Intro 10 Poisonous Men
02 To Tha Beat Y'all 11 Skit
03 Stir It Up 12 Letter To The Editor
04 So Fyne 13 Chat Room
05 Carry On 14 Must Be
06 MC 15 Follow Me
07 So Amazing 16 Best That I Can
08 Sweet Tooth 17 Hands Up
09 Take It Easy  

 

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01 Smile 12 Jewelz
02 Fix Your Face 13 Skit (HSM)
03 Recollection 14 3rd Person
04 The Hey 15 Inside of Me
05 Gunz Intro 16 Dance With Me
06 Gunz Seth Marcel - Gunz mp3 Single 17 Cry Freedom
07 I Am Everything Seth Marcel I Am Everything mp3 Single 18 Welcome
08 Let Ya Hair Down 19 Props
09 Amen Intro 20 It's Like That Y'all Pt. 1
10 Amen 21 It's Like That Y'all Pt. 2
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01 Hardcore Pt. 2 - Main Version 04 Gimme - SNIPPET
02 Problems - Main Version 05 Bump Dat - SNIPPET
03 Everyday / All Day - SNIPPET  

 

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Winner 2002 Syracuse Area Music Awards, SAMMYS, best hip hop / rap recording. 
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Seth Marcel Biography

Arguably the most recognizable M.C. to emerge from the upstate region, Seth Marcel has managed to make his mark as an artistic force to be reckoned with. With heartfelt lyrics that touch the soul, as well as having a knack to move the crowd, he is what some would call "the complete package". Versatile but not wishy-washy, insightful but not preachy, energetic but not overzealous! With old-school charisma and futuristic flows Marcel is well on his way to becoming the new-age B-Boy prototype!  
 

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07-27-2008 Seth Marcel's CD "Mr. Bradford ... Live From The Podium" Review
by Mark Bialczak, Syracuse Post-Standard

The eight-minute cut that closes the new CD from Syracuse rapper Seth Marcel sure sounds like a permanent parting shot.  Marcel ties together the pieces of his life and times, and gives shout-outs to his many friends in the hip-hop world who've helped him along the way.  If this is indeed good-bye, Marcel's final recorded word to the world:
"Peace."  Fitting from a rapper who's consistently thought deeply before crafting
his songs.

"Mr. Bradford ... Live from the Podium" started out in Marcel's active mind as a project he'd call "Twenty," an album recorded in his home studio on the North Side of Syracuse that pieces together what he's learned in his 20 years as a rapper.  But the title changed when Marcel -- he drops his last name, Bradford, in his artistic persona -- came up with the idea for a song that espouses what he thinks a politician should be saying in a speech.  It's a catchy song, what with the simple and brilliant message, "Me plus you plus he plus she is we."  That's just one example of Marcel's thinking-person's hip-hop.

He greatly goes back to back with "Hope. Dream. Wish. Pray" and "Third Sunday in June."  The former is a message for his four-year-old son, Seth Jr., telling how one must deal with life's ups and downs. "It's the part that makes us hateful and the part that makes us grateful," Marcel raps.  The latter tells of last year's reconciliation with his father, Wally Bradford. "This is a clear-it-off-my-chest song," he raps, and the way they clear the air and move on with lives more connected is definitely autobiographical, Marcel says.

Here's one wish that Marcel decides the world needs more of what he gives us.
 
07-17-08 Seth Marcel to unveil new CD on Saturday 07-19-08 at Sophistications in Syracuse NY
by Mark Bialczak, Syracuse Post-Standard

I got together with Syracuse hip-hop veteran Seth Marcel this afternoon to talk about his new CD, "Mr. Bradford ... Live from the Podium." As we sat down in Biscotti's on North Salina St. -- just across the block from the barber shop he owns and operates, Seven Five Four -- he answered his cell.

It was the news that the CD will be off the presses and in his hands by Saturday night.

He whewed a sigh of relief. That's because at 7 p.m. Saturday, Seth Marcel Bradford will host a listening party at Sophistications Cafe 441 S. Salina St., Syracuse.

Marcel sent me an advance copy earlier this week. It's a hot one, 18 all-new, all-original songs that represent the 20 years he's been rapping here in his hometown, and at times around the country, too.

It might be his last CD.

"At this stage of the game, I want to do it because I love to do it," Marcel told me. "But I want to be relevant at the same time."

He fears that at the age of 36, young people aren't interested in his socially conscious messages. He also worries that folks will stereotype him as just another shallow rapper and won't give his music a chance.

Rest assured. Anybody with an open mind can learn from what's going on inside Marcel's head. His literate writing and catchy rhyming should never go out of style.
 
05-26-08 Seth Marcel featuring Joe Budden - Everybody video released -
 

05-13-07 Deeper Side of Hip-Hop
Explore It In 'SOUL,' A New CD From Seth Marcel
by Mark Bialczak, Syracuse Post-Standard
 
  Yes,  Syracuse rapper Seth Marcel has put out a soulful hip-hop CD with his latest.  But don't you dare judge "SOUL." from the surface alone.
  That title stands for the real-deal message: "Sounds Of Universal Law Must Unify, Signify, Identify, Change"
  And the Syracuse native's work sets out to do all of the above.  As in his previous work, Marcel puts together his pieces for the hip-hop fan who loves to delve deep into life's meanings.
  Don't let all that intelligence fool you.  Marcel writes intriguing lyrics.  But at the drop of a rhyme, he can fire the ire and spit out the bile.  There's plenty of cussin'.  What you won't find are the cheap and easy images of violence and bad attitudes toward women that have drawn national concern these days.
  Take "So Fyne," a love song that digs deep.  Marcel raps, ' You so fine.  I ain't talkin' 'bout regular fine.  I'm taklkin' about taking home to mama fine.  Swipe credit cards at the counter fine.  F.Y.N.E. fine."
   In "So Amazing," a pretty harmony chorus leads into some bragging about his status as an MC... and in life.  "You can see the confidence in his face," he declares.
  And don't miss "Letter To The Editor," where Marcel recites the ills in his world in a piece that belongs on the editorial page.  For a cliff-hanger, there's "Chat Room," a quite graphic story about regular folk who meet on the Internet and are in for the surprise of their lives.
  Seth Marcel's myspace page.
 
02-19-07 Seth Marcel
by Mark Bialczak, Syracuse Post-Standard
 
Style: Marcel is a rapper.
Band members: Marcel is the MC.
Discography: "The Road Less Traveled" in 2006; "So Necessary" in 2002; and "Panties Wet" under the name Billie Dixon in 2001.

History in Syracuse:
Syracuse native Marcel was a member of 1990s local rap outfits Channel Three and Mad Pack. In his solo career, he recorded for OnPoint, the label owned by former Syracuse University and NBA basketball star Derrick Coleman. He also recorded under the name Billie Dixon.

Go ahead and brag:
"Truthfully, people, they complain a lot. My music is for the complainers. For people who say they're tired of this and that. ... My music is the polar opposite of what the status quo is. There's a booty shaker Marcel. A misogynistic Marcel. And also people who get up and go to work 40 hours a week. That's who I am because that's what I am. ... I found a way to craft the music so far that it sounds like a hip-hop record but you can feel the soul to it."

If you could be anybody else for one day, who would it be? "I'd be Jesus Christ. Who wouldn't be? Just so that I can answer a whole lot of questions. I'm sure people have a lot of questions."

Seth Marcel has made a name for himself as a rapper in CNY and beyond.
Music Critic Mark Bialczak writes: Syracuse rapper Seth Marcel speaks his mind on his third full-length CD, "The Road Less Traveled" (422 Music). And it's a very interesting place to visit.  This 18-piece collection resonates with right-on rhymes and wise lyrics. Marcel's a thinking person's rapper.  "Butterfly Effect" may be his most riveting tale ever, an epic life story of the couple Reese and Monique, a great, big, sad song with a tragic ending these good folks don't deserve. In other words, just like real life.   And Marcel lays it on the line with "Cry Freedom," declaring that he may have been reincarnated from the slave age for a purpose: "So my children got a place to call home and relax safe," he raps. It's the freedom of speech, expression, thoughts and ideas that he extols.
 
Seth Marcel at the Syracuse Hot 107.9 Sport Compact and Truck Blast '06
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10-31-2006 Seth Marcel Is Featured on CUSE DVD Volume 1
Watch Seth do freestyle starting at 4:08 in on video.

 
06-11-06 Syracuse Rapper Tells Stories On CD
by Mark Bialczak, Syracuse Post-Standard
 
  Syracuse rapper Seth Marcel speaks his mind on his third full-length CD, "The Road Less Traveled" (422 Music). And it's a very interesting place to visit.
  This 18-piece collection resonates with right-on rhymes and wise lyrics. Marcel's a thinking person's rapper.
  "Butterfly Effect" may be his most riveting tale ever, an epic life story of the couple   Reese and Monique, a great, big, sad song with a tragic ending these good folks don't deserve. In other words, just like real life.
  And Marcel lays it on the line with "Cry Freedom," declaring that he may have been reincarnated from the slave age for a purpose: "So my children got a place to call home and relax safe," he raps. It's the freedom of speech, expression, thoughts and ideas that he extols.

 

04-07-06 Marcel Performs Live With New Band Electric Relaxation
Onajava Coffee and Soul Cafe Was Filled To The Rim With A CNY Hot Crowd.
By Espreenet News Service
 

Hip-Hop Phenom Seth Marcel laid down a nearly flawless performance with backup band Electric Relaxation. With only a couple of weeks of practice together, Marcel and the band came together right before the eyes of OnaJava's standing room only crowd. From the old to the new, the performance took you for a ride with songs that the crowd loved from Seth Marcel. The night was truly a night for the CNY history books, because the bar has been raised for anyone who steps on the stage at OnaJava.
 

01.26.06 Seth Marcel featured in Syracuse New Times
Hip-Hop Hooray: Throbbing beats and thoughtful lyrics highlight Seth Marcel's new CD The Road Less Traveled

By Julie Pinsonneault

On his new album The Road Less Traveled, Seth Marcel states, "Born and raised in Syracuse, but I attended a different S.U.: Street University." Such gritty lyrics make Marcel one of the most accomplished hip-hop artists representing the 3-1-5. While he has worked with national artists including Jadakiss and Obie Trice, for Marcel's latest release he herded in the local talent and kept the home city heard.

Marcel's dedication to storytelling recalls hip-hop's heyday when Grandmaster Flash was laying it down. "Butterfly Effect," for example, offers the karmic tale of two worlds colliding with disastrous results. Marcel keeps the modern bravado intact on other tracks, but the context doesn't cancel out his creativity. Taking the Bob Dole approach, Marcel explicitly flaunts his strengths in "3rd Person": "He's got no equal, no superiors... He the shit even rhyming in third person."

In an atypical move Marcel previewed The Road Less Traveled on January 15, 2006 at  Onajava Caf´┐Ż. "Sometimes when you see a performance," Marcel says, "people are moved by the music and they don't really get a chance to digest what you're talking about until they take the CD home and listen to it."

The coffeehouse's intimate setting allowed Marcel to introduce each song, explain the process behind the record and even deliver some shout-outs to the CD's contributors, including his longtime friend Michael "Jus Mic" Gaines, afternoon deejay for WWHT-FM 107.9 (Hot 107.9). "Being from Syracuse, something we've all learned is Syracuse is the home of hate," Gaines said. "Because I'm from Syracuse, I'm not supposed to support this man, but I do."

Judging from his liner notes, Marcel loves the 'Cuse right back. The CD's roster of local talent, represented by a number of interchanging producers, provides a fresh approach to each song. The Tune Raiders (Darshell "Shellz" Bell and Joe "Jigz" Whitaker) bring a wistful new-school sound that embraces backup vocals, strings and synth in addition to smooth rhythms. The Professionals (Davaugh Floyd and Travis Renfroe) pump up the tempo and pep with buoyant beats. And Marcel's cousin, Eddie James Dowdell, adds some club flavor with a heavy bottom end and attention to open spaces with a sparse technique.

The album's most appealing cut, "Cry Freedom," features local flutist Stephen Wise and spoken-word poet Julius Edwards. Blocky piano chords set up the harmonic base, while Wise adds a high-end, reserved solo line to fill in the gaps, letting loose at the end of the track. Edwards' strong presence as the visionary and the hook is enhanced by a vocal processor that makes his rhetoric sound like a speech recorded on ancient equipment. Marcel tops off the track with intelligent lyrics about the past and current struggles of the black community.

Being a producer himself, Marcel refused to settle for anything less than top-shelf beatmakers. Marcel initially rejected some music from the Tune Raiders, but that didn't deter Bell, who came right back with new tracks; the Raiders' "Jewlz" and "Recollection" eventually made the cut. According to Bell, the hard work paid off: "I never heard anybody spit on our track like that in my whole life. I think that could be a breakthrough for us and take us to the top. I just want to let it be known that I've worked with this guy before, and that dream came true."

That dream almost fizzled out before it got started: Marcel was taking a break from the rap game, then found himself writing away in a notebook during his downtime. He also had to overcome a series of hurdles that led him to later remark, "I must have said something on this CD that the universe doesn't want out." Among the many problems that surfaced: Marcel lost five songs when his computer crashed, the first studio version had to be redone because a compressor was left on during the mix, the album inserts were cut two inches too short and the disc manufacturer misspelled Marcel's name. Just hours before the Onajava show, Marcel and his wife Theresa were still stuffing CDs and artwork into cases.

Yet the listening party paid off for Marcel, who moved 40 copies of his CD that night. "I wanted to strictly deal with locals because when you do a CD independently, you want the music to sell because it's good music," he says. "You don't want the music to sell because it's got someone else's name on it." The Road Less Traveled is now available at http://www.sethmarcel.com and http://www.yrbook.com/soundshop/

07.31.2003 SETH MARCEL FEATURED IN THE SYRACUSE TIMES
  Beat Poet Hip-hopper Seth Marcel intends to put his hometown on the rap map.
By Justin Park
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Eminem opened the gates in Detroit, Nelly created a buzz about St. Louis and Outkast reminded us that Southerners actually make music other than country and bluegrass. Seth Marcel, Syracuse-born and -bred, is trying to focus the country's eyes on the hip-hop scene in upstate New York, despite the fact that musical acts of all types from Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse have always struggled to shine next to the sunlike spotlight on New York City.

The problematic mentality is that if an act were any good, they'd move to the Big Apple to get noticed. Any East Coast hip-hop fan will tell you that upstate is where hardcore New York City rappers get sent to prison, not where great rappers are born.

Groundbreakers like Eminem, Nelly, and Atlanta's Outkast were brazen enough to represent their until-then-ignored native lands and to not copycat other emcees. Marcel could follow suit simply because he pulls no punches when letting people know what 'hood he's from and because he refuses to fit into any hip-hop cliches. His sound is clearly East Coast hardcore, similar to a rougher-edged Rakim; while his flow and his voice don't break new ground, the substance of his rhymes sets him apart.

Emulating the simpler times of hip-hop when groups like Public Enemy were rapping about race, politics and other matters of substance instead of guns, drugs and braggadocio, Marcel's songs tiptoe several lines, making him difficult to pin down. Like De La Soul, his messages are usually positive but not preachy. Like Public Enemy, he tries to challenge listeners with normally unspoken topics. His rhymes, however, don't read like an after-school special and he's hardly afraid to boast: He just leaves out the gun talk and keeps the four-letters to a minimum.

"Even the artists of today that actually rap with some substance don't reach the depth of those {Public Enemy} songs," Marcel says. "If I can make one song that makes me feel like I feel when I listen to {PE's} 'Welcome to the Terrordome,' I'll be happy."

These days his words reach a national audience as deejays from North Carolina to New York City play his singles. Yet Syracuse has always been the backdrop for the major turns in Marcel's life, from bookworm to deejay to barber to emcee to married father of four.     Seth Marcel and JadaKiss
View more pictures of Seth Marcel with Usher, JD Williams, and Jadakiss here.


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Rapper's Delight  SETH MARCEL FEATURED IN THE SYRACUSE TIMES 08.07.2002

Two turntables and a microphone. That's how it began. Seth Marcel and his cousin Eddie James scratching records and spouting rhymes in the back room on the city's East Side. A pair of Technique 1200s. A few records. A few rhymes. A laboratory that spawned a rising star in the hip-hop galaxy.

"That's where it all started for us," Marcel says. "That's where we decided this is what we wanted to do with our lives."

As he speaks, Marcel is taking a break from recording at Unique Studios in New York City, where he's putting the icing on I'm Necessary, his debut album for former Syracuse University basketball god Derrick Coleman's new label Onpoint Recordings. Marcel began his career as a deejay scratching at frat parties and places like the Underground in SU's Schine Student Center and the Southwest Community Center. His music life has since evolved from Mind Theory, a rap tandem forged with James, to Marcel's Sammy-nominated alter ego Billie Dixon, to Seth Marcel, already perhaps the biggest hip-hop act to emerge from the Salt City.

It's something of a large leap for an artist who until recently was known as much for his emcee abilities as his skill as a barber. Although Marcel has performed in the area for years it wasn't until he was signed to Onpoint by Coleman, who met Marcel and James through the SU party circuit, that things began to snowball.

The promotional single "Hardcore," originally recorded with partner-in-rhyme Aki and produced by James, was released earlier this year; a remixed version with Ruff Ryders and The Lox veteran Jadakiss has since been spun extensively on local and national radio stations. "The original version of 'Hardcore' was doing well, creating buzz on its own, and then doing the remix with 'kiss was kind of like putting nitrous oxide in the tank," Marcel says. "It put me in a different realm musically and established me as an independent who can hang with a major."

Despite the gritty head-bobbing beats of "Hardcore," Marcel claims influences ranging from Stevie Wonder, Cyndi Lauper, Herbie Hancock, Duran Duran, Prince, Jay-Z and 2Pac / Tupac Shakur. "I got multiple colors to paint pictures with," Marcel says. "If you only listen to hip-hop you only hear music in a hip-hop bubble. If you listen to a variety of music, it helps you develop and experiment with your craft."

Marcel says that musical gumbo has a strong influence on the material on his forthcoming album, which ranges from self-glorification to self-awareness, social issues, and party and bump'n'grind tracks. Marcel also wrote "I Can't Wait to Meet You," a heartfelt song for his 7-month-old daughter Xy'el.

"I know what the public expects and it would be very easy to play behind what people hear on the radio, but I wouldn't be true to myself or my art if I did that," Marcel says. "I'm trying to take it back to making an album. It's supposed to be insightful. It's supposed to be a journey."

The journey has yet to be finished or really even begun. Marcel says 40 tracks are being laid down for consideration on the upcoming album, which was primarily written by Marcel and produced by James.

For the time being, the Jadakiss remix and performances at events like the May 29, 2002 WWHT-FM 107.9 Hot 107.9 Summer Jam with headliners Fabolous and Shaggy have elevated the buzz in anticipation of I'm Necessary's release later this year. Marcel is scheduled to perform this week at Billboard magazine's hip-hop conference in Florida and is in discussions to open for a major act on a national tour in the near future. Saturday will be one of the last local performances before Marcel is thrust onto the national scene; it should be a homecoming for a homeboy done good and likely to do far better.

"There's no place like home," Marcel says. "I didn't really appreciate it until I was sleeping in one hotel in one state one day and another hotel in a different state the next day. My home is and always will be the {area code} 315."
 

Hip-Hop Hooray SETH MARCEL FEATURED IN THE SYRACUSE TIMES 01.23.2002
Seth Marcel, Syracuse Area Music Awards, Sammys nominee for Best Soul / R'n'B Instrumentalist / Vocalist, is the first artist to land a deal on OnPoint Records in Manhattan, NY , the label started by former Syracuse University basketball star and current Philadelphia 76'er power forward Derrick Coleman.

Marcel befriended Coleman during the cager's days on the Syracuse University SU Hill, making mix tapes for DC to listen to during road trips, and the pair have kept in touch over the years. When Coleman, who apparently has aspirations of becoming the Berry Gordy of the NBA, expressed an interest in starting a label, Marcel sent him a tape, which led to his signing and subsequent release of "I'm Hard To The Core."

 


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Vinyl Singles
 
Deadwate  - Getcha Hustle On / Masters Of  The Microphone Deadwate  - Getcha Hustle On / Masters Of  The Microphone          
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