As a young, up-and-coming artist born and raised in Indianapolis, self-proclaimed hip hop artist Mark Battles' success is driven by his desire to properly represent his hometown with the production of effective music that listeners will not only appreciate, but also remember. With influences such as Eminem, Tupac, Jay-Z, Big Pun, DMX, LL Cool J, and Drake, Mark describes his own style as not only "modernized" hip hop, but also "the essence of real hip hop".
Officially launching his career in 2005, Mark Battles has chosen the route of establishing a new name and face that the hip hop industry will acknowledge. With the pressure of giving Indianapolis a good name, his plan for success in this regime is to expand his brand Fly America and "take it as far as possible." With this in mind, Mark's plan to take over the internet consists of media outreach through [hip hop] blog sites, social networking, and by utilizing YouTube. After this is accomplished, he would like to transfer his talents over to the radio and continue to promote the success of his brand.
Although he is still trying to make a name for himself, Mark is interested in working with inspirational artists such as Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, and Lil' Wayne. As a firm believer in conducting thorough research, pursuit and productivity are just as important to Mark and his success, "It's hard work...so continue to work hard."
Mark Anthony Battles (born September 2, 1991), is an American rapper, songwriter, entrepreneur and record producer from Indianapolis, Indiana. He is the founder and CEO of independent record label Fly America. Battles has since released several singles which has accumulated millions of views on YouTube. In 2016, Battles announced a partnership deal with iconic music producer and Def Jam Recordings executive No I.D.
In 2012, he released his first mixtape Walking Distance and gained online recognition for his song "Last Night", which placed second on MTVu. He has worked closely with various notable rappers including Kid Ink, Wale and French Montana. Battles has, in total, released a dozen mixtapes including collaborations with Dizzy Wright and King Los, reaching nearly a million digital downloads. On October 2, 2015, Battles released his debut independent album Numb, which peaked at #39 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop charts.
Mark Anthony Battles was born on September 2, 1991 in Indianapolis, Indiana. His mother is Chiffonda Ducking. He has 2 brothers named Anthony and Carl, and 1 sister. Battles began rapping under a different stage name before using his current rap name. He graduated as Class of 2009 from Pike High School located in northern Indianapolis. His inspiration for music originated from hip hop icons such as Big Pun, Drake, Eminem and 2Pac.
On August 31, 2006, his brother Carl Battles was riding the backseat of his sister Aishareika's car to school. In the morning hours, Aishareika's car collided with a pick up truck on Northwestern Side near 71st street near their school Pike High School. Carl, Aishareika and Mark were rushed to the hospital, however shortly after arriving at the hospital, Carl was pronounced dead. Local media reports state that both cars were speeding on a yellow light, and as a result of the accident prompted the roads near the school to be enforced with speed cameras.
In several songs performed by Battles, including "One For The Money", he mentions and pays tribute to his brother Carl. His brother Carl is what gave him motivation to pursue a music career, according to Battles.
2011—2012: Career beginnings
Mark started rapping officially at age 15. Mark started his own independent record label called Fly America in 2011, which is a brand that is heard throughout his music. In 2012, Mark released his first mixtape called Walking Distance with appearances by Kid Ink, Lola Monroe and King Los. Walking Distance went on to be certified gold on DatPiff, having over 100,000 digital downloads. Mark's music video single Last Night was remixed by Kid Ink and was released without a music video. Most of the material in the mixtape was produced by Mark's DJ & producer, DJ Yung 1. Mark's most famous singles were "Ugh Oh" featuring Los, and Last Night, which was featured on MTVu Freshman and hit second place for air time on MTV. Mark has remixed numerous famous hip hop songs which have appeared on his mixtapes. On November 2012, Mark released the first part of his mixtape series Saturday School.
2013-2015: Mixtape Series & Numb
In 2013, Battles released his 3 part Saturday School mixtape series, along with a national tour that included a sold out show alongside Bad Boy rapper MGK. On December 27, 2013, he released his collaboration mixtape with King Los. The mixtape Broken Silence was released in 2013 and artists featured include Wale, Curren$y, Ab-Soul, French Montana, Dizzy Wright, Cyhi Da Prynce and Chevy Woods. The first single was released titled "Got A Feeling" which featured Wale and former Fly America rapper Derek Luh. On August 12, 2014 Battles released another mixtape titled "Preseason".
On October 2, 2015, Battles released his debut studio album "Numb", which was released independently on iTunes. The album peaked at #25 on the U.S. Billboard Heatseekers charts and reached #39 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop charts.
2016-present: Before The Deal & Def Jam Recordings
On May 13, 2016, Battles announced on his Twitter account a partnership deal with iconic music producer No ID's record label ARTium Recordings, a division of Def Jam Records. The deal came after the release of a dozen musical projects and national tours, respectively. Shortly after, Battles announced his latest musical project "Before The Deal" and released a music video for the single "No Love" featuring Futuristic and King Los.
On May 31, 2016, Battles released his second studio album "Before the Deal", for digital release. Within a couple of hours after its release, Before the Deal topped at #8 on the Top Rap album iTunes charts. On the week of June 18, 2016, Before the Deal debuted on Billboard's Top Heatseekers charts at #15. A nationwide tour was announced called "The Before The Deal Tour", which began in June 2016.
Fly America (FA) is an American record label founded by hip hop artist and producer Mark Battles. In 2016, Battles announced a partnership deal with No ID's imprint ARTium Recordings, a part of Def Jam Records and distributed by Universal Music Group. Since its creation, in 2011, former hip hop recording artist Derek Luh, Jace Houston and DJ Yung 1 have been signed to the label.
DJ Yung 1 (DJ/Producer)