Before music became his calling, Marquette King achieved stardom in the NFL as a punter, first for the Oakland Raiders and then for the Denver Broncos. The Phoenix, AZ native’s passion for music, however, remained strong. It would soon become a priority once an injury forced him out of football temporarily before joining the St. Louis Battlehawks. Meanwhile, his consistent single output in 2019 provided him a presence in the hip hop scene, as well as a supplemental and viable career.
King’s first single to kick off the new year is “This Side,” which features an instantly catchy synth sequence. Even with his chorus voice mostly processed in effects, the delivery works to his benefit as its tone still complements that of the instrumentation. Guest rapper Annabelle flows nicely and covers the song’s thematic standpoint, emphasizing the efficacy of success through traditional hard work. King also balances the smoothness of Annabelle’s tone with his more straight-ahead delivery, noting the instance where one’s talking a big game often gets them by. In essence, this song makes an ideal accompaniment in celebrating the payoff of an honest man’s struggle, as well as one coming to terms with their authenticity. Just as well, it is an instance where a sports star’s transition into music is genuine.
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