M.A.R aka Mr. Lightuppp has been in and around music all his life. His mother is a stylist, and as a child he was on sets with Ice Tea, Aretha Franklin, Dennis Miller, NWA and more. M.A.R also interned at Def Jam under Richard Ford a.k.a. “Skane Dolla” in the A&R department, and also with Margo Wayne Wright and Mildred Delmota in the Video Production department. In addition, he went on the road with TI and Lupe Fiasco.
In 2010, M.A.R began showcasing his talent and won Roc Nation showcase in Bklyn. Shortly after, he participated in a tournament hosted by 50 Mics, Def Jam, XXL, and The Source. He was crowned the CT 50 Mics Champion.
In 2016, he opened for Dave East tour in 12 cities.
In 2017, opened for Chris Webby tour in 11 cities.
In 2017, he performed at the Mohegan Sun Arena, Barclays, Foxwoods and Atlantic City opening for Ruff Ryder’s reunion tour to sold out crowds upwards of 10k.
Most recently, he toured with Big Heff of Def Jam in 16 cities, with heavy media coverage on Big Heff's Streets Most Wanted Tour.
Known as Mr. Lightuppp for blazing the stage. Hot 93.7 FM crowned
him as the next one up to make noise out of Connecticut. He is
charismatic, energetic on stage, and mastered the art of converting
fans when he opens for other artists. He is very positive, easy to work
with, and a pleasure to be around.
Known in CT as the Hook Master, he has features with J.R Writer,
formerly of Dipset called “Grinding”, which received over a 131,000
views on YouTube. M.A.R recently released “Martin Luther Blvd”
(MLB) in June 2018, and the song has received rave reviews from
“Big Heff” and Bob Celestin, to name a few. The video for MLB was
picked up by Music Choice and BET Jams. Watch it here: M.A.R -
Martin Luther Blvd
This past month he walked out the welterweight champion Jimmy Williams at Foxwoods to his current single “Martin Luther Blvd.” Watch it here: M.A.R - Live @ Foxwoods
M.A.R also has his own line of trademarked pipes and clothing apparel