(Cover art for "What You Meant To Me"/Biography by Prince Ray)
Marshall Ray, known by his stage name Prince Ray, is an American rapper. He was born and raised in Conway, Arkansas.
He has amassed a large Internet following and is a member of Ray Studios, group of friends working together. His father was not a significant part of his childhood, but they are in contact with each other now.
(New song: "What You Meant To Me" by Prince Ray)
Growing up, He began failing classes in the 10th grade. "I started doing badly in every class but English." At the age of 13, Prince Ray was going by the name Rayman because "One name that stuck was Rayman."
In 2015, Prince Ray came out of a seven-month relationship while working on his music. "You can put your everything into a relationship, but that doesn't mean you're going to get back what you give.
When I created my first mixtape, I realised everything I put in my music — the hours, the lyricism, the time, the grind, pain, sweat, blood, tears — I get it back.
"The thing is, I feel like so many artists, well, not artists but so many people think they can rap and they just want a deal and the glitz and the glamour and the women, but they don't understand that all I do and want to do is rhyme... I think I've sacrificed so much for my relationships to my friendships to my family; I've sacrificed my entire life, and I'm honest."
His inspiration came to his attention to his idol named "Logic" an underground rapper who came up to mainstream hip-hop. "He was my inspiration that started me rapping all these years."
While he was in high school he was bullied and treated like an outcast, "It's okay if you don't have a lot of friends, it's better to have less than more of what you have."
All of his sort of friends were dropping out of school, smoking weed, or doing drugs, Prince Ray wasn't that type of kid to do those types of things. "People perceive me as a good kid, but I'm not perfect. We all make mistakes."
"The reason I write music is so I can motivate people to go the right path. to follow God."
When he was 6, his parents got a divorce. His mom passed away in 2016 by unknown sickness. I was there when she died.
I usually take this pain and put it into rhymes so other people can relate to it. I've been through a lot. Music just was there for me when no one else was.