Friday, November 2, 2007


A bunch of months ago I did this Grammy's sponsored panel at Pace University where me and a few other peers of mine discussed digital music. There's was this one really young kid who sat in the front and center that asked the best questions. He talked about Bob Dylan and Hip Hop. Everyone on the panel was instantly enamored with him and so after the panel I asked him to intern for me... even though he was clearly really young, I figured that there was something I could learn from this kid or vice versa. Either way, I wanted to take him under my wing cos he was something special. His name was Marcus.

So after a couple of meetings and conversations with his mom (because he was only 14), she decided to let her son intern for us during the summer instead of going to Summer Camp. "He'd kill me if i didnt let him work here," she told me.

In Marcus' first week of working here he met Jay Z. He was so excited he was basically shaking and bowed down to Hova. In his second week he came in and we had this conversation:

"Do you mind if I don't come in on wednesday?"
"Sure, what are you up to?"
"I'm going to LA to do a photo shoot on Thursday for Teen Vogue."
"Oh awesome! What for?"
"I did this movie about Bob Dylan and I guess it's doing press now."
"Neat. Like on your own or something? For school?"
"No... it's like a movie someone else did."
"Oh cool and you act in it? Who do you play?"
"Bob Dylan."
"Huh?" (Mind you, Marcus is Black)
"I play Bob Dylan... like in his Woodie Guthrie stage. A bunch of people play him."
"Who else?"
"Heath Ledger, Cate Blanchette, Christian Bale, Richard Gere..."
"Oh my God! It's like a real movie? That's awesome."

So... Please be sure to check out I'M NOT THERE on November 21 and preview this trailer for the movie (check out trailer 2 to see Marcus Carl Franklin).

And you can see Marcus perform next week! Click here to get tickets


Anonymous said...

oh poops, i wish i would've known about this little talk i got to pace :(

Anonymous said...

hahah that's awesome!! GO Marcus!

The Corsair said...

you do your thing, Marcus ... yo do your thing.

Anonymous said...

just got the soundtrack.. marcus' track is one of the stand-outs. oooweee!

Queen Esther said...

ultracool story. dylan as a little black kid? totally made my day.

Anonymous said...

what an amazing kid

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