Born in Fresno, California, producer/keyboardist Markis Precise took to time-honored traditions of crate-digging to create the sample-based soundscapes that contributed to Central California’s independent hip-hop scene in the early 2000s. His production later evolved to incorporate his lifelong training as a keyboardist, expanding the boundaries of chopped boom bap with the melodic elements unique to live instrumentation.
Staying true to his collaborative ethos, Markis independently connected with some of hip-hop’s most talented artists to contribute to his debut studio album The Feeling Of Flying, including features by Brother Ali, Fashawn, Oddisee, Zion I, The Grouch, Ras Kass, Gift Of Gab, Sol and Chuuwee. In its first week of release, the record became the number one added hip-hop album on the national CMJ radio charts, with multiple tracks receiving steady airplay.
Following on the success of his debut record, Markis is back with a powerful full-length album No Wings Without Scars featuring brand new collaborations with Talib Kweli, Conway The Machine, Murs, Locksmith, Ill Camille, Reuben Vincent, Stro, and Jon Keith.
In his own words: “Your spirit cannot soar without having suffered. This album is meant to uplift and heal anyone who has gone through it then and now.”