Chocolate Genius Inc
Chocolate Genius Inc is the brainchild of Marc Anthony Thompson. Born in Panama and raised in California, Thompson later moved to New York to pursue a solo career. Without making much progress, Thompson turned his focus to the downtown avant-garde scene, leading to recordings with guitarist Marc Ribot in the mid-'90s and the birth of Chocolate Genius Inc.
At various junctions in his artistry, Marc Anthony Thompson has been called eclectic, theatrical soulful, emotional, witty, mournful, celebratory, hopeful, raw, humanistic, romantic, passionate, intelligent, introspective, irreverent and hypnotic. Rolling Stone noted, "As a songwriter, Thompson pledges allegiance to his own moody doctrine, managing intimate confession and ironic distance all at once." Blender declared that, "Thompson draws on the past without sounding slavishly retro. Chocolate Genius lives up to his billing," while Amazon opined, "Thompson deftly fuses country, soul, trip hop, rock and jazz with witty, world weary lyrics that, while loose, are rooted in solid song craft."
In between albums, Marc earns his keep scoring films, appearing on soundtracks (e.g. Oscar nominee American Splendor, Twin Falls, Idaho, Saving Face, Riker's High, Brother to Brother, CBS's Crossing Jordan and Urbania) and working as a collaborator and guest artist with fellow visionaries like The Roots; Philip Glass; Stuart Matthewman; Medeski, Martin & Wood; Sweetback; and Cibo Matto.
In the-world-works-in-mysterious-ways department, Chocolate Genius Inc became the first artist signed to Commotion Records in late 2004, or, as he explains it, "Voila! A few Yetnikoffs later the window opened a little bit more." Walter Yetnikoff states, regarding Chocolate Genius Inc, "To us a great artist is one who is original, distinctive, and has outstanding musical chops. Chocolate Genius is all that and a great entertainer to boot."