While OJ Marley's music has the refined edge that often comes from studio musicians, he's far from one. OJ's musical inspiration is the life he's lead, from the streets of Stockton, to life in the Marine Corps; living in the heat of the Mojave Desert. He records, mixes, and releases his own music - without pressure from outside sources to streamline, commercialize, or compromise who he is, or what his music means.
From the very beginning, OJ stood out as a musician and promoter. Rapping from the age of eleven, he and his cousins developed a reputation in Stockton for their unique sound and mastery of the language, performing as a
group called, The Big Face Boys. Time, and the challenges of life, however, would eventually split the group, and leave Orange Juice to pursue his music alone.
For the first time in years, OJ was left to write, record, promote, and perform without any assistance, but what could have been his darkest hour, has proven to be his brightest.
Now, as a solo artist, Orange Juice, or Steven Russell, performs more shows, records more music, and has more projects in development than ever before. His electrifying shows are not only a highlight of his music, but of other
great artists from the area. Orange Juice's collaborations with His cousins Yung Ril and Ricky D have helped to create some of the most exciting tracks of his career, and some of the most popular un-signed music California has seen in years. OJ has even begun filming on the rap-umentary, "OJ Did It." A film about the
life of a rising star, and the tribulations of the un-signed rap scene. A meticulous, dedicated artist, OJ is overseeing every part the film's development and is actively participating in the editing and distribution,
to ensure it's a legitimate portrayal of the lifestyle that so many emulate; the true struggle of an up and coming rapper.
With projects spanning every media forum, Orange Juice might well be the industry's future. Seeing his shows now is more than a great experience, it's your opportunity to say, "I saw him back then."