Stephon Peters-Smith, (Born Jul 4, 1998), in Port Of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago known professionally as Son of Mars, is a rapper, record producer and songwriter. Known for his high energy and 90s styled rhythms. He was Born and raised in the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago.
Mars initially began gaining underground recognition as an artist following the release of his song “Anakin” off his 2019 EP Son of Mars. His single “Watch Yourself” produced by Ricky Johnson reached over 100,000+ views on Youtube Music.
On his new EP, Son of Mars (F.O.G records), he braids east-coast G-funk storytelling with humid Memphis instrumentals—the title track coalesces around a stuttering sample of iconic southern crew Three 6 Mafia snippet, mixed with a fresh trap spin.
Mars has a resonant voice that can flit between sinister and sympathetic melodies, he does this on both Anakin and First Born. His spry performances on Son of Mars bring out the complexities embedded in his darkest raps.
He contemplates the pain of gun violence in such intimate detail that it could exhaust just about anyone, but he often sounds energized by his own urgent need to record every word. His short verses can bear great weight as he weaves together thought-provoking bars and show-stopping vocals above a backdrop of acoustic guitar and 808s. The accompanying visual finds him rapping alone around New Jersey as it captures his palpable charisma
He has been consistently behind the scenes pushing new heights to some of the largest names on social media. Mars began his industry rise dating back to Atlanta in 2019. He was a major key member of the record label F.O.G Records and their flag ship artists King Staczz and Tre Fuego, the brother rap duo.
Mars, was influential to the development of several artists on the label, along with helping guide and support careers of artists like, DC The Don, Black Mayo, and more. Mars who gives credit to his brother Nick Smith, as teaching him the music industry from the inside out.
After attending the University of Rochester and being an active member of their basketball team in 2020, Mars, quickly turned his attention to becoming active part of the music industry. Coordinating and Tour Managing several international tour’s / events, with such artists as King Staczz, Black Mayo, 24Hrs, and DC The Don, around the world.
Trinidad’s own Son of Mars has been waiting for this moment since he first started releasing music in 2018. Mars recalls music being in his life at an early age, he talks about classmates drumming out beats on the lunch table and how he developed his wordplay in real time during grade school.
By nineteen-years-old, he picked up guitar before eventually learning keyboard. Mars, is preparing to launch his new marketing firm with friend and business partner Nick Smith, with a new home office based in Las Vegas, NV.
Outside of rapping his truth, he also encourages others who are blessed financially to help others in meaningful ways. Dealing with setbacks and a tumultuous youth, it’s a wonder to see an artist turn an unfortunate past for fuel, spreading positivity to those who will listen.
Describing his signature style as melodic rap comes as no surprise as you tune into Mars’ earlier work on Soundcloud. Melodic rap comes to mind when listening to “Anakin,” and with an upcoming single set to be released in early 2022, which leans more into Mars’ talent as a singer, it is only a matter of time before we learn more about the complexity of the artist that is Son Of Mars.
Life has boundless twists and turns, but a positive mindset and initiative makes all the difference in the world. At one point, Mars found himself making money by selling candy at basketball games to now being signed to a record label with thousands of listeners, a number that has the potential to skyrocket sooner rather than later.
Son Of Mars is on a steady climb in his mission to spread positivity, along with the estimated 400 songs he currently has in the vault, the rapper has more than enough content to shed light and prove who he is as an artist. The artist is set to release his next single ‘Fitted” on February 8th 2022.
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