Devon Powell beginning of a legacy aka Manifis the legacy started in
1987 in East PALO Alto California. 25 Bachelor with no kids just family I now reside in Madera California. I grew up listening to my older cousins rap. They were my influences at the age of seven. My talent came about when I realized I did my first rhyme at local park in Madera ca at which time my odder cousins encourage me to battle a local rapper this was the first time I was able to showcase my rhymes at that time I set my goal to become a famous rapper. I did my first talent show in the 7 th grade at Fort miller middle school I took first place in the talent show and was excited to see what further achievements where ahead me.Once I got to high school is when I really started to shapering my rapping skills with my writing abilities I started my first mix tape by my senior year I had 12 songs.
Not long after I graduate high school I started my first rap group, the group was called squad up, this group consisted of 4 members during my time with the group I participate in 20 songs writing all the hooks. Unfortunately this group only lasted about a year due to financial difficulties. After leaving the group I was left with none of the songs or group title which was my idea. One of the group members was making money off the song I wrote and took my lyrics off the song and made it his opening song when he perform places and also was selling group cds making money off them. The up side of the group was the air play we received from B95 homegrown.
I went solo in 2007. Some of my down falls came about when I was living in Fresno. I gave money to a close friend of the family to make mix tape cover and press up Cd’s unfortunately this person took my money and fell short on his end of his deal. After the minor set back I started doing shows in Hayward California . I battled 25 other rappers in a freestyle and took first place, second show took place in Santa Cruz California for Mac Dre stop the violence which I opened up for Bay Area known rappers
J Diggs, Hood stars, Philthy rich etc. My third show took place in Hollywood California at Lime Light Thursday’s once again I had a minor set back with the club promoters of this show I was not paid for my performance but did do a Red Carpet interview and was place on flyer of the event. I started my own studio.
As of now I have one album completed and 2 mix tapes. I did a cover photo shoot for my album which is called The Story Of Marcell,Jr, My mix tapes are call Big $wagg in Park Wood era, Hennessy & Black & mild. Where im at now as a artists im ready to Sign to a major record label/company and start working with producers and artists such as Twista,Slaughterhouse Tito Lopez, Tyga, DR. Dre, Cooling Dre, Memphitz, Timberland. In conclusion my journey as a 25yr old rapper will not end until I reach my ultimate goal as a successful rapper in the industry to be continued.