ST AUGUSTINE, Fla.-- The sweet sounds of Marcellus Brown's music doesn't come easy.
There's a story behind it.
The 21 year old has seen a lot of trouble in his lifetime. It's what prompted him to write.
"Me seeing that and my environment, that actually inspired me to get out of that," he said.
Some of Marcellus' family members are in jail for murder and drugs. Marcellus refused to go down that path.
Instead of following the crowd, he picked up a pen and paper.
"Really proud of him. He's definitely had an impact on a lot of lives," girlfriend Venus Figueras said.
Marcellus does alot of his performances at Rhinos in St. Augustine. It's a student entertainment venue for kids anywhere from middle school up to college. It provides a fun, friendly environment. It also provides an after school program.
While some hip-hop artists are talking about the fast life, Marcellus raps about the choices you make and J.O.E., or Jesus Over Everything.
His ultimate goal is to perform at K-12 schools and local colleges. He believes going against the grain is both necessary and worth it.
"My music is for the generation to come and the generation now," he said.
Marcellus will perform on October 6 at the Black Expo in Jacksonville, and at Rhino's on October 14 in St. Augustine.
If you want to help his cause, or find out more information, visit his website: http://cellusmusic.com