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Lil Maru, whose real name is Diego Macias, is the newest face on the West Coast hip hop scene and is steadily rising to the top.
The West Coast rapper has been tactically breaking into stardom. Maru has been collaborating with some of the hottest up and coming artists such as Lil Weirdo, 22Gfay, KMob Angel, Moneysign $uede, Young Rich to name a few.
Lil Maru’s journey into the music world began at an early age. His musical influences included The Beatles, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, Drake, and Future. He also recalls growing up with a strong admiration for the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Being captivated and inspired by the infectious melodies Maru took on producing beats in middle school. That same year, Maru coined his stage name from a classmate who compared him to the infamous Naruto character “Shikamaru”.
He went on to study the creative process of making music and found his staple sound. After snippets of his unreleased music generated a sizable buzz, Maru decided he’d turn the page and devote himself to his artistry.
His success story begins in 2020 after several collaborative and independent tracks went viral throughout social media. With virtually no presence on social media, his single “Change Up” swiftly became a viral sensation in the summer of 2021. Lil Maru has followed up with several successful songs such as “Been 2 Gone” and “On The Block” which has garnered the most traffic to date.
By the end of 2021, Maru officially went on to sign with the record label Simple Stupid Records (an imprint of the label Geffen / Interscope Records). He has surpassed over 30 million views across YouTube and has been one of the most streamed artists in his lane on TikTok.
Maru has no intentions of slowing down as he gears up for a sold out tour in 2023. He continues to drop hit singles as he strategically moves up the ladder of success. Lil Maru is right on target to become a household name in the music industry.