Marquis may not be the most well-known member of Detroit's thriving underground rap scene, but he's one of the hardest-working up-and-coming rappers in the city's scene. Raised in the Hamtramck area of the Motor City, Marquis first began contributing to the city's rap scene in 1995 when he formed a collective known as Internal Affairs. Following this move, he then began appearing at every imaginable venue in the Detroit area, including notables such as St. Andrews Hall and the Blind Pig. In addition, Marquis also managed to secure the opening slot on many of the hip-hop tours that swept through his city, opening for artists such as the Hieroglyphics and the GZA, while also performing alongside Detroit's finest talents such as Slum Village and Eminem. His first record, "All About Me!," appeared in 1996 and instantly won him the respect of his peers, many of whom he began collaborating with. Then after years of steady improvement and patience, Marquis reached his largest audience yet with the release of his "Rock tha Beat/Feel the Vibe" 12" on local techno label Intuit-Solar's DTW rap sublabel as he worked on his first full-length album.