Midwest City, Oklahoma, is home to Sativa Prophets, an award-winning collective of producers, emcees, visual artists, and musicians who pull together their unique skill sets for the common cause of propelling each other forward. And over the last year they’ve done just that — made noise. They’ve rocked Norman Music Festival, Center of The Universe Festival, World Culture Music Festival, and Indigo Fest, as well as opened for major acts like Waka Flocka, Desiigner, and MMG artist Stalley.
“Though the group provides plenty of its verbal acrobatics, to see the Sativa Prophets hip-hop collective perform live is more than watching a group of emcees speaking their best rhymes into a microphone. It is high-octane performance art.” — Oklahoma Gazette
One of the collective’s members is making 2018 a breakout year on a solo tip — Mars Deli, who has been well-known for bringing high octane performances to the group. “Been making music consecutively for 15 years,” he tells AAHH. His eclectic style is the result of a unique set of influences melded together. “My [biggest] influences have got be George Clinton, Trick Daddy and Yung Nation,” he says with a laugh.
Though he’s been busy building the collectives brand, he’s been busy, and this year will be no different. “I’ve released five projects in the past two years,” he reveals, “currently I’m working on a few joint projects as well as an official second album.” If you find it difficult to put a handle on his sound, that’s by design. “I wanna say my sound is trap, but like space trap,” he says. “Like, I talk about drugs, bitches, and various [dope] shit, but I also have songs about astral projection and what my crystals mean.”
As he further explains, this upcoming LP will work to open his brand up to an even more comprehensive array of listeners. “This next project I’m working on is gonna show my versatility in a major way,” he says.
His most significant moment thus far? Well, it may not be what you think. “I feel like one of my biggest accomplishments has to be getting to open for ICP,” he tells us. “Mind you, I don’t make anything close to what ICP does. Getting to crowd surf with the Juggalos [was amazing] … they made us family that night.”
“This past year my group went on tour, played multiple sold-out shows and won an award for best group at the Oklahoma Hip-Hop Awards,” he says proudly — noting that he and his team are doing everything but slow down. “I plan to extend my brand into fashion and entertainment. Not so much being in movies, but directing, scoring, and production. Like, you don’t see me, but I’m there.”
You can check out his debut LP, below.