As founder and last of the original Dark Empire, Marlon “Black Hart” Robinson brings nearly two decades of experience to the current fold. Marlon’s undying ambition carried through years of let downs and disappointments and as a result has help shape him to be the cornerstone of DE. Writer, and now producer and engineer, Marlon’s primary objective is to see his Empire on top of the media mountain. Initially a west coast rap fan, Black’s base style encompasses influences from NWA, MC Eight, Tech Nine, Wu Tang Clan, Rakim and many other noteworthy pioneers.
Recently Black Hart dropped his 18-track album entitled, “Book of Marlon”. Delivering raw and complex lyrics with more than simple rhyming syllables, this album might be known as one of those records that sets the bar way higher for emerging MC’s. On this record, Black Hart delivers what he is known for – skills. The production ranges from amazing to satisfying to eclectic, but its’ Black Hart’s lyrics that will keep the listener’s attention.
Black Hart’s rhymes penetrate the mind, his accurate word manipulation is superb, plus he has the capability to kill the mic with a verb. His word is his bond, so when he drops it, it is always the bomb. The whole tone of the album will put Goosebumps on your skin. This is REAL hip hop. Compared to the trash on the radio today, this should get a Grammy.
Across the 18 tracks, Black Hart proves he is not about flash and fashion. His work is solid, a piece of supreme thought and execution, reflecting the continual progression of an amazing talent. Just like with every word he spits; the smooth delivery fits right into the rhythm and melody of every song. Checkout standouts such as: “Eye Am Legend (ft. TR13)”, “Time Machin”, “P.H.I.L.A.D.E.L.P.H.I.A. (ft. Tommy Pray)”, “This Ain’t Even About You (ft. Anonymous)”, “What Are We”, “Midnite’s Theme (ft. Hitman & Audacity)”, “R.O.C.H.E.S.T.E.R.” and “No Regrets (ft. Tommy Pray & Young Polo)”.
I loved every track on this album. Black Hart’s lyrics have deep meaning, and it takes you back to a time when rap artists were judged by their level of lyrical skill, and not by the eye-catching image they projected. The “Book of Marlon” epitomizes the kind of music hip hop should have evolved itself into and I hope that younger upcoming artists take heed to this and follow Black Hart’s road to evolution, so that the airwaves can once again be the medium for real music and not the meaningless ear-candy we hear today.