Mar­cel Carti­er, the Lon­don-based U.S. hip-hop artist, journ­al­ist and act­iv­ist, has released his ninth stu­dio album entitled ‘Revolu­tion­ary Minded Vol. 5’.

In a Face­book post, Carti­er explained that the album could be his last one, although he stopped short of say­ing he was retir­ing from the music scene. Instead, he explained that he would be tak­ing a sig­ni­fic­ant hiatus from hip-hop, but left open the pos­sib­il­ity of return­ing at a later date. As his announce­ment stated:

It’s been over 18 years since I wrote my first raps in the back of a classroom as a young and impres­sion­able high school fresh­man. Nearly two dec­ades later, I can look back on the hun­dreds of songs I’ve writ­ten and recor­ded with a sense of great accom­plish­ment and grat­it­ude. What I’ve exper­i­enced as an artist dur­ing this time is wrapped up with my per­son­al growth and devel­op­ment. In some ways, my cata­log is sim­il­ar to an open book, a com­pre­hens­ive auto­bi­o­graphy which is full of con­tra­dic­tions and changes, ups and downs, ebbs and flows.

Tomor­row, I will release my ninth full-length album, which con­sists of 16 songs recor­ded over the past two years. It will be my second LP release in just over a month, but in con­trast to the recently release col­lab­or­at­ive album ‘Red Flag Reviv­al’ with Agent of Change, this pro­ject — entitled ‘Revolu­tion­ary Minded Vol. 5’ — rep­res­ents a much more intro­spect­ive and per­son­al body of work. It doc­u­ments many of the struggles I have been under­go­ing over these last few years, and as such, it is per­haps my most import­ant work — at least for my own spir­it’s well-being and nour­ish­ment.

I’m humbled to be cap­ping 2017 with the release of two albums. As it stands now, I intend to take a sub­stan­tial hiatus from music to focus on oth­er pro­jects. This isn’t neces­sar­ily the same thing as me announ­cing my retire­ment from hip-hop — but at the moment, I have no plans to release sub­sequent albums. If the inspir­a­tion hits again — which I’m fairly cer­tain it will — I’ll return to the stu­dio and record more music. In the mean­time, I intend to con­tin­ue to pro­mote my extens­ive cata­log of music which has spanned the past 10 years, and which I believe has been at least some­what under­ap­pre­ci­ated.

In the com­ing days, I will announce very excit­ing pro­jects which I will be focus­ing on in the new year. My sin­cere appre­ci­ation goes to every single per­son who has sup­por­ted my music over the years, and has taken inspir­a­tion from my artist­ic con­tri­bu­tions.

With Love,

Mar­cel Carti­er

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.