MartyHeemCherry, whose given identify 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 hanging secondary title appears to peak most individuals’s curiosity probably the most, “The Finest Rapper in D.C.”
Whereas some would possibly suppose his title comes off as pompous, the rapper and activist defined it’s finally meant to problem the established order and embrace the Black delight and excellence. His connection to wholesome dwelling and dedication to neighborhood make him a multifaceted, optimistic determine that not solely wows together 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 identify, “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, growing his abilities 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 inventive journey, however advocacy as properly. 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 aspects of the neighborhood, incorporating his music alongside the best way. He’s participated and contributed to such occasions because the Sankofa Babacue, celebrating Juneteenth and Father’s Day, and Good Home Musik & Pals, which came about at Metro Bar, highlighting Black distributors.
Alongside his journey into consciousness, he grew to become dedicated to caring for his well being and have become extra conscious of the significance of selling inside well-being to the populace. Consequently, MartyHeemCherry promotes wholesome dwelling by his inventive content material place at Maat Sunz, a neighborhood well being and wellness firm centered on holistically therapeutic humanity by 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 offer D.C. low-income owners 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 that 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 side of the title represents his repeated experiences of seeing the chook all through D.C. and defined he usually noticed them all through the time he spent together with his ex.
Total, 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 fruits of issues that I picked up from the Most-Excessive and the universe.”
By means of lyric and neighborhood influence, “The Finest Rapper in D.C.,” encourages the neighborhood to suppose extra deeply about their selections: eager 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 likely 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, observe him on Instagram and Soundcloud @thebestrapperindc.