marqus clae ptsd

The Houston upstart’s latest disc rings true to his nature.

Three years ago, Marqus Clae stood as one of the last remaining remnants of BET’s 106 & Park. He’d release a video with James Fauntleroy before everyone figured out who James Fauntleroy was. He seemed assured of himself even then, restraining himself from cursing but preaching a message of individuality over assimilation. “Just Be You” was a flash, a moment that showed that despite his relative youth, Marqus Clae was indeed a prodigy. A sought after one at that.

Clae’s spent 2017 mostly on television with Shot’s Fired but there was a small glimmer of the hard-charging, heady material he’d been building towards since C.L.A.E. and even this past January’s The Ghetto Poet where Master P guested in a few spots. That his voice closing out “H.E.R,” Donnie Houston’s debut single with Propain and Slim Thug. Usually, the knock on young rappers is the push for something far greater while also stuck in a constant state of comparison. Marqus Clae on his P.T.S.D project does none of that. No need looking up to the greats if at times you think you’re already eye-to-eye with them.

Clae’s latest disc lasts all of 35 minutes and doesn’t even consider a chorus until “Yes I Do.” That’s how much emphasis is placed on the rapping here. “You see I ain’t nervous or scared,” he raps on “US Open.” He proclaims himself as one of the greatest rappers of all-time and its such a confident enough boast that you believe him. The confidence carries on on top of production that jumps around from scaled down trap to march and be ready for war snares. On “Breathe,” he sets the stage for paranoia and the world closing in around him. “I feel I’m out of time when I fall on my knees … it’s getting harder to breathe.”

People tug at Clae like anyone would when they believe you have all the answers. He’s not an oracle but he packs the same angst and energy of an artist who believes he’s owed far more than suggested. In a thirty minute sweep, he outlines every space he wants to occupy. Without you denying him even an inch or a crease. Stream P.T.S.D from Marqus Clae below via Apple Music and purchase the EP on iTunes.

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Brandon Caldwell is the founder & editor-in-chief of Day & A Dream. His work has appeared in VIBE, UPROXX, Complex, EBONY, the Village Voice, the Houston Press, Houston Style Magazine, DJBooth, The Sports Fans Journal, and more. Follow him on Twitter: @_brandoc