Marc E. Bassy is always in the funk of life. While paper-chasing the American dream or soundtracking summer BBQs, the Los Angeles-bred triple threat (he sings, raps and has scribed songs for Chris Brown, Sean Kingston and Pia Mia) is lowkey scribing his way to success by slapping familiar stories on wax. Just listen to “XX” or “Drunk and I’m Drunk.” Everyone who’s ever suffered a hangover of emo or had one too many all find a piece of home in Bassy’s low and high notes.
VIBE recently challenged the modern-day wordsmith to a round of Jenga over a grande cup of iced coffee and rounded up the 25 most important things to know about your next favorite artist.
1. He’s been catfished.
“I’ve been catfished in person. It was a transvestite that I thought was a woman, but it was a man and I found after 30 minutes of hanging out. [VIBE: How did you find out?] I can’t disclose that.”
2. His favorite song to perform is an unreleased track that samples Radiohead.
“It’s a song that has never come out yet called “Groovy People.” And I just recently started performing it live. It will be on my next project, but I play it a lot. It’s a Radio Head sample, and I’m into groovy ’60s and ’70s culture, free love and the experimental drug use, so that’s why it’s called “Groovy People.” My mom is a groovy person too, that’s kind if why I thought about it.”
3. One of his fans apparently kept a very personal item of his.
“One time a fan told me that they had a piece of my hair [from when I used to be in a band].”
4. You may know his ex.
“I have an ex-girlfriend who is dating a major celebrity. We’re still going back and forth. You could find out about her, she’s great. I miss her sometimes. Most of the time, I don’t. I’m kind of flattered [she’s dating this celeb]. It’s kind of cool but then also like, ‘F**k forever.’ … It’s kind of a weird feeling but it’s very motivating.”
5. His East Hollywood EP was sorta inspired by that breakup.
“I’m not one of those people that every song [of mine] is about a relationship or heartbreak-type sh*t. But when I go through things, I definitely write about them, and that’s something major that happened to me. That dictated where I lived so yeah, East Hollywood is definitely partially inspired by that. It’s inspired of what came after that breakup and breaking up with my band. I was in New York for a while and then went back to L.A. So East Hollywood is the whole past year of my life and everything that came with it.”