Marco Archer, a rapper who goes by Phora, is an Anaheim-raised native of Corona, California who excels at narrative rhymes. His charismatic manner lends a relatable quality to lyrics that, if delivered by less-skilled rappers, would probably not resonate with most listeners foreign to his perspective. (He has survived a stabbing and two shootings.) As a youngster, Archer got into some trouble for graffiti, but his work as a tattoo artist proved to be relatively lucrative and aided in the funding of his fledgling rap career. Before turning 21, he had released four albums independently: One Life to Live, Still a Kid, Sincerely Yours, and the Nights Like These EP, which was issued with major crowd-funding assistance. Angels with Broken Wings arrived in 2015 and was his first effort to land on the Billboard Rap chart. Exactly one year later, Archer released his Rap chart-topping fifth LP, With Love. ~ Andy Kellman
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