V’s Class of 2018: Zuri Marley

V’s Class of 2018: Zuri Marley

Zuri has the Marley name, but her talent and career is completely self-made.

Zuri has the Marley name, but her talent and career is completely self-made.

Text: Staff

Zuri Marley has rhythm in her genes — she's apart of the Marley family after all. As the daughter of Ziggy and granddaughter of Bob, Zuri could have easily been sick of music and went in a different direction, but she decided to carry on the legacy instead, releasing her debut single "Beg For It" in November.  And it's her own unique talent that makes her a member of our Class of 2018.  Zuri was presented as one of the first inductees of the Class at our party with Uniqlo to celebrate the Class and the new Uniqlo U Spring/Summer 2018 collection. Read on as Zuri opens up about her personal successes, challenges, and how she overcomes them on a daily basis.

What's your vision for the industry you work in for 2018?

More people, making more shit — good and bad.

What's the best advice you've ever received and why? 

“Get up, get dressed.” It’s a mantra, because when you have depression or are just in a mood the best thing you can do is anything — everything is a decision, even doing a face mask, drinking water, watching a show.

What social/political issues or causes resonate with you most, and why? 

I’m black, I’m a woman, I like animals and I live on earth — I think that explains it!

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far? 

I’m the only one who’s ever in my way, I am my biggest challenge.

How did you overcome it? 

Every day can be a struggle with mental health, every day you get over little humps — sometimes you don’t and you’re glued to your bed. Right now we going to the gym every single day — tomorrow.

How did you get your start?

Creating things in my own little space in Kingston, Jamaica. I was always writing monologues, songs, dancing or collaging — I only just put out my first song last November though I’d been sitting on it for a while.

How do you define success for yourself? Is it different than happiness? 

I want to be able to do what I love and be content whether I have a single penny or millions of dollars — if I can be happy AND have a fruitful career, that would be ideal, but you can’t buy either and one does not guarantee the other!

When and where do you feel most creative?

Alone in a space I created, around people who fuel and support me, airplanes, trips!

Who is your dream collaborator, in any field (music, art, fashion, etc.) and what kind of project would you love to do with this person?

The list is long for music producers I want to work with! I would have loved to have crossed paths with Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Eartha Kitt. I wonder what Cher’s up to right now. I would love to bring back The Cher Show or do some kind of sick variety show with women I look up to from back then and today. If you haven’t seen the Cher Show, peep!

Where do you want to be professionally in 5 years? In 10 years? 

In five years I want to be 5x better than I am today. In 10 years I want to be 10x better and have a dog!

What is the most enjoyable part of your job(s)? 

Being on a stage or behind a booth. That point of view gives me a lot of hope — it makes you love people despite all the bullshit.

Zuri wears Uniqlo U
Credits: Photo by Tyrell Hampton

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