NEWS: Senior Marino Aspires To Rap Career

(Photo courtesy Matt Marino)

By Kira Ortoleva – Staff Reporter

Many popular musical artists have revealed new albums and songs recently.

A group of Jonathan Law seniors will soon be joining that list.

Senior Matt Marino, a captain of the boys track team and a rap enthusiast, has been creating the music and lyrics to his own rap songs for three years on Soundcloud. He’s accompanied by seniors Connor Creane, Dean Pettway, Ronnie Spangler, and Jordan Beck.

“I just wanna get to the top,” Marino said.

Marino balances his academics and athletics with his rap career. He has several songs out on Soundcloud, and creates the music himself. He and his senior classmates formed the group The Jiggy Fellows and will drop their debut album, “Jiggy Forever,” this month.

Creane said he enjoyed the process of making the album.

“We gave tips back and forth,” Creane said. “Lyrics back and forth.”

As a boy, Marino was always infatuated with music. He’s played multiple instruments throughout his life, and started with jazz music.

He plays the trumpet, guitar and drums, and was inspired by his father, a music teacher. Marino grew up listening to rap music, and it eventually inspired him to make his own.

Of all the professional rappers in the industry, most of Marino’s inspiration comes from Logic and Kendrick Lamar. He’s based his type of music off of the type that Logic produces.

“He’s got a good mind,” boys track coach Mr. Beler said.  

Pettway is impressed with the diversity of Marino’s lyrics and messages.

“He has a few different flows which is what’s good about him,” Pettway said. “He can switch it up, his lyrics are meaningful, and every beat he uses compliments them well.”

Marino’s peers said they enjoy his music and that they see consistent improvement with each track.

“He’s getting better and better with each take,” Beck said.

Marino plans to become a doctor and study at a college in California. In the meantime, his peers and teachers are taking notice of his musical talents.

“He’s very creative,” technology education teacher Miss Corriveau said. “He’s an outside of the box thinker, and likes to get things done quickly and right. He’s extremely talented with writing lyrics.”

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