Steven Malcolm is a Christian rapper from the Grand Rapids area of Western Michigan. He attended church for the first time at the suggestion of a friend while struggling with family issues and focus during his freshman year of college. Inspired by a joyous service that incorporated hip-hop and dance, he became a regular participant, left the rap group he'd been involved with, and pursued his newfound passion for religion-themed rap. He went on to become part of the church's worship team and set to work on recording a debut album. Malcolm started to amass a fan base with his 2013 mixtape Real Hip Hop, and three years later, he self-released the full-length Monsters Ink in 2014. Building a reputation regionally through rap competitions and live performance for material that was both introspective and socio-politically aware, Malcolm was named to Rapzilla's Freshmen of 2016 list, making him an up-and-comer to watch. That fall, he signed with Word Entertainment and became the first artist on its newly established hip-hop imprint, 4 AGAINST 5. He hit the streaming charts in early 2017 with the pop-rap tune "Party in the Hills," featuring Andy Mineo and Hollyn, and his label debut, Steven Malcolm, was released in February 2017. ~ Marcy Donelson
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