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L.A. underground emcee SUBTITLE has been active in the urban underworld of southern California for many years. Originally involved with the highly-respected Project Blowed crew (ACEYALONE, MURS, etc.), and then with WEEKEND SCIENCE EXPERIMENT and the SHAPE-SHIFTERS. SUBTITLE steadily made a name for himself as a truly off-kilter and unpredictable wordsmith and crafter of twisted beats. While the "players" of mainstream and indie hip-hop alike were occupying themselves with bling acquisition and image-creation, SUBTITLE's nose-to-the-grindstone output for years consisted of simple homemade CD's and cassettes with hand-drawn covers, sampling the likes of SONIC YOUTH rather than the predictable sources such as FUNKADELIC, etc. His peculiar output and lovable persona, together with his towering 7-foot frame, has made SUBTITLE a unique and immediately-recognizable presence among his peers.

Eventually joining forces with GSL in 2003, SUBTITLE released the relatively bizarre, undeniably boundary-pushing "I'm Always Recovering from Tomorrow" EP, which featured production from Adlib aka Thavius Beck. That same year his project Lab Waste, also with Thavius Beck released an album titled.Zwarte Achtegrond In 2005, Subtitle released his own full length on GSL, Young Dangerous Heart, the 17-track album featured guest appearances from ACEYALONE, BUSDRIVER, MURS, and members of VISIONARIES, as well as production contributions from THAVIUS BECK, OMID, DEESKEE, ALIAS, and others. October 2006 saw the release of Terrain to Roam and featured production from Madlib, Dntel (aka Jimmy Tamborello), Daedelus, Nobody, Daddy Kev, Paris Zax, Thavius Beck, Omid, dDamage, Crunc Tesla, and Small Is Beautiful (aka J'Aime Tambeur, of Islands), among others.

Giovanni is also a producer, and has remixed tracks and composed original work for artists such as 2Mex, Daedelus, Kill Me Tomorrow, From Monument to Masses, NoCanDo, Year Future, and others.

Subtitle has played All Tomorrow's Parties and has toured with the likes of Islands (formerly The Unicorns) and The Mars Volta and played shows with Autechre, LCD Soundsystem, Beans, DŠlek, and Nancy Sinatra, in the states and worldwide.

Subtitle decided to carry on under his birth name, Giovanni Marks. In the last couple of years, he has released several songs for download and has spent much more time in Europe, than back in Los Angeles, Giovanni has also been focusing more on production than rapping.

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Terrain To Roam
(Alpha Pup Records)
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Greatest Hi$$ Vol. 1
(B.E.A.R.)
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Lost Love Stays Lost
(B.E.A.R.)
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Young Dangerous Heart
(Gold Standard Labs)