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Gianmarco Marcello was born in Milan in December of 1986. As a youth, Marcello found himself involved in the system from an early age. Social Service's presence due to rough family conditions transitioned into law enforcement as he became increasingly involved with drugs as a youth. Marcello found himself desperate and frustrated in what he called "The City of Smoke," trying to make a living selling drugs. His life took a turn for the better when he began to invest his time and efforts in the city's emerging rap world. Enthusiastic about rap from the age of 13, Marcello chose the MC name Mondo Marcio. Inspired by artists such as Jay-Z, Eminem and Tupac, Marcio began channeling the stress of a difficult life into the creative force he would need to distinguish himself as a lyricist. Marcio recorded a demo which he presented to various independent labels. His debut record Mondo Marcio and an appearance on mixtape Fuori Di Qua were not far behind. Marcio's first productions were well received by the Italian hip-hop press, and he rapidly developed a reputation as a national up-and-comer. Mondo Marcio was presented with an offer from EMI/Virgin towards the end of 2005. His major label debut, Solo un Uomo, was released in 2006. Fueled by singles like "Dentro alla Scatola," the album stayed in the Italian charts for weeks, going gold within the year. His second release with the label, Generazione X, was released in the summer of 2007. ~ Evan C. Gutierrez