Talks Harlem, Gospel Music, Snoop Dogg and more.
Photographer: Ryan Saradjola // @ryansaradjola
Stylist: Samantha Ria // @samantharia
Assistant Stylist: Rhys Marcus Jay // @rhysmarcusjay
Fashion Assistant: Danny Walker // @uncommondanny
Interviewer: Johnson Gold // @JohnsonGold
Videographer: Vinny Villain // @_vinnyvillain
Artist: Marty Baller // @marty_baller
The rise of Harlem
Meet Marty Baller, born and raised in Harlem, New York. Marty Baller is an artist on the rise. Transitioning from Gospel to Rap music, Marty Baller discusses his hometown Harlem as his inspiration musically and in fashion, Balenciaga Triple S sneakers and his Snoop Dogg inspired hairstyle.
Where did your fashion sense come from?
Just Harlem. Growing up in Harlem, watching Cam’rom, he used to wear pink minx and all that, so that’s where I got it from, Easter Sunday we always get fly… stuff like that.
What is your favourite brand right now?
Urm… my brand is baller nation so make sure y’all get that, y’all got check that out, holler at me!
If you had to choose one brand; Gucci or Balenciaga?
Urm… Gucci I would say because everybody loves Gucci. When I grew up I couldn’t have Gucci but now I’m on Gucci OD right now. But the Chinese people killing the Balenciaga’s, they making me want to go get one of those pairs of black and white Triple S… Balenciaga sneaker joint, yeah I gotta have those in my closet.
Tell me about the hair. Where did this come from, because it’s your signature look?
Snoop Dogg. Everybody knows Snoop Dogg used to do it, so when I came in the game I tried to do something a legend did, that nobody doing now so it’s working.
Do you feel like in music now, when you throw yourself into the game, you have to kind of set yourself to be prepared, to not copy everyone but to be different. and why do you think that’s important today?
You gotta sell yourself. You’re a product, you’re a character. I gotta sell myself at all times, that’s what it is, because when you want people to buy into you, you gotta sell yourself.