Marz was born Zlatko Hukic to a Muslim father and a Catholic mother in a small village in Croatia. He came to Chicago with his family when he was eight years old and was quickly swallowed into the gang culture of the city. He started rapping as a teenager, writing songs about typical inner-city dreams and nightmares. His songs were prolific enough to get him signed to Geffen/Interscope records in his twenties. He has toured with such acts as Korn, Insane Clown Posse (original member of Dark Lotus), and industrial band Ministry; recorded with Swizz Beats; and has had multiple songs placed in movies, TV shows, and commercials.
Four years ago, on a regular day in October, he found himself in a neighborhood church and after listening to what he describes as the worst sermon he ever heard, he gave his life to Jesus. While rehearsing for a nationwide tour, opening up for Paul Wall and Tech Nine, things quickly changed for the aspiring rapper, his heart wouldn’t let him perform certain songs anymore. The transformation has been quite dramatic; his new CD titled Revelation is twenty songs of what he describes as freedom music for a slave world.
Marz’ unique style of boldly exposing the music industry and the lies and traps of the street life is a breath of fresh air in an industry filled with fakes glamorizing a lifestyle that leads to death. His music has the potential to cross the barrier of Christian and mainstream hip-hop and speaks to a generation that the church seems to be losing.
“I feel like the kids that need to hear the gospel the most, are the ones being spoken to the least. And when they are spoken to, it’s in a language they don’t understand.” Revelation bridges the gap between the love and salvation of Christ and a lost and isolated generation of youth looking for hope in a fallen world. Marz blends preaching with music in a way that is fresh, unique and desperately needed. “It’s not about changing the gospel to fit the times, it’s about telling the truth in today’s language.”