Marcus Harris, known artistically as MH the Verb, has become one of the East Coast region's most promising multi-media artists as a performer and producer. The 30 year old MC/DJ, who previously spent his days as a Financial Consultant has developed a strong portfolio touring with his band, hosting open mics, organizing events, and collaborating with artists. Once called "a whole new movement of Hip Hop" by the Erie Reader, MH the Verb has been acclaimed by critics including, Complex, City Paper, and Charged.fm while continuing to develop his creative vision as an independent artist.
The former BNVz frontman and WPTS radio personality released his first solo project, "Cult Classic" in 2011. To celebrate, MH and his band hosted a sold out CD Release Show at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. The outstanding one hour performance was released as a special live EP titled, "The Verbal Experience" showcasing the bands fusion sound. MH followed up the success of his first project with his 2012 summer mixtape, "Waffles & Whiskey" featuring the popular college anthem, "Blistered". Focusing on light-hearted and fun visuals, his Youtube generated over 75k views and he earned a featured spot on DailyMotion's front page.
After years of touring across the US with various bands including, The Roots, Kid Cudi, Snarky Puppy, and Tanya Morgan, MH has settled in New York City where he launched his indie media collective, balloonUP in 2013. Hosting a collective of artists, balloonUP is a vehicle to promote positive art, focusing on creative outlets to empower young people. Working with organizations and brands such as, Rock the Vote, LiNK (Liberation in North Korea), OperationHOPE, Foursquare, Kiva.org, and the League of Young Voters, MH has used his music and art to promote ideas and bring people together.
His first release under the imprint, "The Balloon Guide" (his third studio release) is an eclectic project embracing an array of genres – everything from Afrobeat to trip-hop to house and twerk. Developed as a concept album, "The Balloon Guide" was produced as a soundtrack for his subway commute through NYC from the Bronx to Brooklyn. Most notably, the album art was created by NYC acclaimed artist, Borbay as part of a unique barter. Borbay created the album cover, and MH wrote and recorded a song for Borbay's new born daughter, Coraline.
Celebrating the success of balloonUP, MH and his team organized three consecutive years hosting official artists showcases at New York City's annual CMJ Music Marathon Festival. In 2013, ballloonUP also founded their own signature event designed to unite live music and visual artists under one collective presentation called, The A/V Project (also known as, The Audio/Visual Project). The A/V Project features live musical performances and interactive art installations and is currently in its fourth year of production, sponsored annually by Wix.com and The Bronx Brewery.
Always innovative, in 2015, MH founded the Philadelphia based art collective and production house, ArtHouse95. The collective is scheduled to release multiple projects including curated content from GR Stone, Kuf Knotz, Trap Rabbit, Dataf1ow, attic Tapes, and MH the Verb himself. In 2016, ArtHouse95's sampler release, "Owl EP" received positive reviews from OkayPlayer, HipHopDX, and The Boombox, and the was featured for an in-studio performance on WXPN's The Key Live Session.
For 2017, MH the Verb has a number of projects in the works. Plenty of new releases in store, including a politically charged concept album with legendary electro-funk producer, Buscrates 16- Bit Ensemble. He also plans to re-brand his highly successful interactive art exhibition, The A/V Project with a move from NYC to Philadelphia. In addition, MH will continue to promote positive messages with guest lectures, workshops, and seminars at events like, Millennium Music Conference, The Art Dept, and PhillyCAM's after school program. For now, you can find him most weekend nights at one of his DJ Residencies at South Bowl in Philadelphia or at the legendary Knitting Factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Otherwise, Keep your eyes to the sky... #balloonUP