Mac the Rebel of Guerrilla Alliance, who's groups body of work involve working with legends as Killah Priest, Canibus, Chino XL, Ill Bill, Wu-Tang, and many others, is no stranger to rhymes as well as beats. “The American Villain” is a massive and expansive testament to Mac The Rebel’s lyrical and technical skills as a rapper, and ultimately puts many contemporary rappers to shame. Each track on this 17 track LP is as hard as it is lyrically creative and refreshing, and ultimately proves that Mac The Rebel is force to be reckoned with in the underground.
Mac grew up in NYC, a city rich with culture that always offered something new to listen to whether it be Salsa, Reggae, Rock, or otherwise. Hip-Hop always called out to him, and was the music of the culture he identified with growing up. Influences include but by no means are limited to artists like Rakim, Big Pun, Kool G Rap, Big L, and many more. Mac hails from the birthplace of Hip Hop in Fordham section of Bronx, and was influenced by the love of graffiti, dance and music and culture during his upbringing; along with relocating to Wilmington, Delaware which much hasn't changed then. “The American Villain” is both a critique on the modern American political era and also a commentary on the victimization and persecution of the American citizens based off inhuman crimes of false imprisonment, racism, police brutality, and domestic terrorism in Trumps 2019 America. Mac the Rebel has taken on the role of an “agent of chaos” lyrically, that is an anti-hero or de facto villain.
Or maybe Mac is just an every man who has been pushed too far and reached his breaking point like Michael Douglas's character in the film "Falling Down", and there is much to be interpreted in this expansive LP. Don’t sleep and check it out on Spotify and iTunes now. CD Hardcopies will be available soon to all available distributors! There is much to be interpreted in this expansive LP!
Websites or Social Media Pages:
Instagram and Twitter - @mactherebelpxr
Mac the Rebel SoundCloud - https://soundcloud.com/user-735511900
Mac the Rebel "American Villain" Album - https://www.discogs.com/Mac-the-Rebel-Macabean-The-Rebel-The-American-Villain/release/14496207
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
It's Hip Hop, back to it's potent form, a return of the old school with a new tribal vibe.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
Mac is an old name that stuck since childhood. I was described to be a roguish and rebellious individual. So I stuck 'The Rebel' at the end of it.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
Hip-Hop music inspired me to Rap, but other genres of music inspired me to feel what i write. And nothing is a better influence than the heart in what you do based on what other artists feel, produce and create. I was a 90's kid, so I had more feel of wanting to write something to feel like 2pac, lyrical like Biggie or Redman, bring a style or technique original like Wu-Tang, or keep it gully like Mobb Deep, or The Lox.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
New Guerrilla Alliance Mixtape "A Hobo with a Machete" COMING SOON!
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
Nothing much, but keep making good music. I'm thinking i'll probably get into making Music Scores for Movies next!
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
"The World Is Ours", it's known to many as a favorite to who heard my music. Plus it details my thoughts on todays world and where we need to be.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
Getting your sound out there to the many ears starving for that realness in music again.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
Nothing is really typical when writing, but i guess I can make examples. If I write a verse for a story concept track, it will take time based on what it could be about, and how i would need to write the verse and rhyme. But if i'm just writing some dope bars and kicking straight mic skills, it wouldn't take too long to write it. Since there are Spitters can write they rhyme a certain way to their certain style, it shouldn't take anyone that long, but if you doing something crazy nice, then expect a meditative writing process.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Social Media has never influenced my career as an Artist. To me, Social Media can have you reach out to numerous listeners, and fans of hip hop abroad. But it to me, that is just what it is, a Tool for Artists. Some "Artists" out there misuse Social Media and try to gratify fans with images of stupid behavior, and phony ways of acting like something they not. Back then, to get a name, you had to hit the studio, get a demo, get a manager, get a show, and get someone to listen to get a deal. Social Media, just made it more easier.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
On my Playlist Now? Well, for Hip-Hop, not much now except Sean Price, and Jadakiss. Soul wise, Harold Melvin, Friends of Distinction, Gap Band, Minnie Ripperton; sometimes Metal, Rage, System, Bodycount, Audioslave. Reggae, Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, Barrington Levy, Buju Banton. I'm a Universal brother when it comes to music haha
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
Comic Artist, still am
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
If you got something good talent wise, that is actually artistic and can be expressed well musically, then bring your 100% all into it, because we need good music to keep going. But please, kill me with that garbage gimmick non-sense that most of you try following. Instead of looking like a Fool with money, try looking like you care less about that and more about what needs to be said in your position, because the money will always be there, but will the knowledge be?
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
Alot of things. But its all Wishful thinking, haha.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
It's a dying breed. But it's something that needs to be Bred more often in a time where things are so unoriginal, all to the point where you have unoriginal cats claiming they started being unoriginal first haha. If you can't be you in rap, then why exist in rap?
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
Listen to my music, "American Villain" LP is OUT NOW, hardcopies on Discogs, Digital album on itunes.
Listen to my group "Guerrilla Alliance", "Dark Rift" album is out now on itunes and Discogs
My latest mixtape "Forgotten Kidz in America" Out NOW on Datpiff, "the World is Ours" and "Eugenics" Music Video on
Planet X Records YouTube - youtube.com/planetxrecordsllc