Mars Jackson Compiles Mixtape of Past Unreleased Songs / by Alex Young

"BIC 2"

"BIC 2"

Mars Jackson is an appealing listen because of his good spirit. When people read his song or tour titles, and hear his music his happiness is obvious. "I'm Just Being Nice" names a mixtape that complimented his "What A Nice Tour." "Shine" and "Enjoy" title songs from a two-year-old extended play called "The Highlight." He raps, "The moment, hey when you not havin' fun that's when life feel like a burden," in his and Nice Rec's song "Who You Are."

The newest effort by the Pittsburgh musician offers plenty of good advice thanks to his insight. 

A few universal takeaways from Mars Jackson's latest mixtape, "Because I Could," are as follows:

+ For those who smoke reefer, "if you ain't coppin' or matchin' then you highly mistaken." (song "Sunny Pittsburgh")

+ Universal awareness is, "knowledge is power, power is key." (song "Ahh Shxt")

+ Sex is good for the soul, but, "can't forget the foreplay." (song "Panties")

+ "Break bread with the doubters" because you have to show love to everybody, even the people who do not believe in you. (song "The Life")

Interestingly, Mars Tweets that he has massive songs, so his "Because I Could" project samples all the tracks he had sitting in the to-be-released cue. The music is also a continuation of Mars' "Because I Can" extended play, and nicknamed "BIC 2." Additionally, the tracks are compiled from past years 2011-2014. The music exposes listeners to various times and styles of the rapper's life and skill, like during the making of his 2013 released "Hype Chill" mixtape, which he shouts out in BIC 2's song "Ahh Shxt," created in 2012.

A specialty is added to "BIC 2" because shutdown, NFL cornerback of Revis Island, Darrelle Revis, features on the project too. Of his song "Damn She Think She Slick" with the Pittsburgh by way of Aliquippa, Pa. football player, Mars says, "I think my song with him is better than Mac Miller's song!"

Explore past sounds from rapper Mars Jackson below and look out for his forthcoming "Unemployed Faith" album.