Phocuz & J-Mac share "Marathon" video ahead of new 'Vibes R Eternal, Vol. 2' album.
Today (6.23.2022), the duo shares the official music video for the album's opener "Marathon".
James Baldwin opens the visual with a monologue on artistic integrity, a concept neither Phocuz nor J-Mac take lightly.
"The video's concept was actually meant to just portray what I do on a regular day of the week: coffee, record shop. While my license was suspended, I would see the dope boys pass me on the sidewalk in fly cars. The video opens with James Baldwin speaking of artistic integrity, which I find very important, so I wanted to express that in this video. Change and progress towards human equality doesn't happen fast in this country… So just like an artist fights for his integrity over time we are fighting for that same thing in our daily lives. It's been a race to get in the industry and it's going to be a marathon to get to the top of it– much like the marathon that we as a people have been running for equality." –Phocuz
Featuring The Game, Jamla's GQ, White Dave, among others, 'Vibes R Eternal, Vol. 2' will serve as the full length follow-up to Phocuz & J-Mac's 2017 debut 'Vibes R Eternal'.
More About Phocuz & J-Mac:
Phocuz is an emcee from Elizabeth City, North Carolina and J-Mac is a producer from Edenton, North Carolina.
The two grew up in completely different environments, with two disparate experiences.
While attending North Carolina Central University in Durham, Phocuz earned a reputation as the "freestyle king" (that title had previously been given to Phonte of Little Brother during his time on the same campus).
So far in his rap career, Phocuz has worked with producer 9th Wonder and longtime friend Swift (of Akon's Konvict Muzik label, Def Jam via No I.D., and Epic Records).
His features and writing credits for artists like Rapsody, Idris Elba, among others landed Phocuz a spot on the Editors Choice in The Source Magazine.
During Swift's signing with Epic Records, he and Phocuz were called on to write for the likes of Dr. Dre, Diddy, and other hip hop legends in need of fresh material.
J-Mac (music producer, Co-Founder & COO of Fourth Quarter Time, LLC.) has earned production credits on work by Snoop Dogg, Ghostface Killah, G-Unit, Cyhi The Prynce, Sean Price, Vado, Flip & Chinx, Yung Berg, and more.
J-Mac's work has also landed on ESPN and NBC Sports.
Phocuz and J-Mac came together for their collaborative album, 'Vibez R Eternal', in 2017.
Phocuz & J-Mac's 'Vibes R Eternal, Vol. 2' album is available now to pre-order/pre-save on all major DSPs