Mark Beast, born Marquibe Smith in Natchez, Mississippi, began his musical career at age fourteen. After entering local talent shows in New Orleans, Louisiana, Vidalia, Louisiana, and Natchez, Mississippi, he began recording Cassette tapes of his music for neighborhood friends. His first break came in 1996, when he signed with Independent Label J Town Records/Ichiban Records, along with his group, Cash Inc. Mark Beast is also the grandson of Music Industry veteran John Wesley Smith.
He credits his good friend Soulja Slim (R.I.P.) as motivation to continue his music career and remain connected to his audience. Mark has worked with industry giants, such as Fiend, David Banner, Big Mello, and Tim Smooth. After spending many years in Gertown, which is located in the 17th Ward of Uptown New Orleans Louisiana, he began to write tales of struggle in the wicked Mississippi and Louisiana streets. In the 90s, along with his group, Cash Inc., he released the first actual label recorded album in the area, and set the standard for all rappers to follow suit. After many bad breaks and disappointments, he still pushes the line and feels blessed to be where he is right now.
He has been true in the game and in life since day one. Currently residing in Nashville Tennessee, Mark Beast still prescribes to one lifestyle …BEAST LIFE!!!!