Joye Marelyn is a 23-year-old rapper from Atlanta, but he doesn't sound anything like the popular wave of artists rising out of ATL right now. "I just wanna show the world that Atlanta has more than the trap rappers," Joye tells us. But that doesn't mean he doesn't appreciate what's happening in his city. "I love how the music is sounding coming out of Atlanta," he says. "I love Thug and 21 Savage, and Future is a legend. Migos is killing it."
Joye started off in rap by freestyling with friends in the neighborhood around the time he dropped out of high school in 10th grade. "Everybody in the car would just start freestyling," he explains, "and I would get a lot of oohs and ahhs so I started to hit the studio and take it seriously."
On the song "Never Tomorrow," Joye tells us: "I wrote that song last year during a rough period in my life. Letting go of all old so-called friends. Girls. Habits. Worries. It's about just letting all bottled up emotions out after holding them in for so long."
Joye is still raw, but there's honest and powerful energy in his voice and delivery, and the potential is on full display. Eminem is the obvious comparison, and that's surprisingly refreshing coming from a young artist out of Atlanta in 2017. It will be interesting to see where he goes from here. Check out "Never Tomorrow" below, and keep an ear out for Joye Marelyn.