Memphis rap legend M.C. Mack knows the true meaning of consistency. He hasnât looked back since penning his first rhyme in the sixth grade. By age 37, heâs sold more than 150,000 records independently and is considered a legend by many in the South.Â
M.C. Mack obtained his initial exposure through his affiliation with Three 6 Mafia. He was once signed to DJ Paul and Juicy Jâs Prophet Entertainment (the two would later go on to found the extremely successful label, Hypnotize Minds).Â
His smooth but tongue-twisting lyrics can be heard on several of the labels gold- and platinum-selling albums, such as Three 6 MafiaâsÂ Chapter 2: World DominationÂ andÂ When the Smoke Clears: Sixty 6, Sixty 1.Â
He was also a founding member of the group, the Killa Klan Kaze, along with labelmates Scan Man and K-Rock, who would later be replaced by Project Pat (fresh from incarceration at that time). The group shortened its name to The Kaze and released its first and only album,Â Kamakazie: Timez Up. Itâs sold around 50,000 units independently since its 1998 release.Â
âIâve achieved a lot as far as the Memphis music game goes,â M.C. Mack said. âThere havenât been too many Memphis rappers who have been heard on platinum records and gold records. Iâm one of few. Thanks to Paul and J. They gave us an opportunity to get heard and exposed.âÂ
Noticing the success that could be obtained from taking the independent route with music, M.C. Mack, along with partner Scan Man, decided to form Kami Kaze Productions. Still signed to Prophet Entertainment as artists, the two, also producers, provided local artists with production.Â
However, this caused some confusion with DJ Paul and Juicy J, who both wanted a cut from the duoâs profits. The issue also brought forth a delay in M.C. Mackâs solo album release. He would later depart from the label and, with the assistance of Scan Man, transform Kami Kaze from a production company into an actual music corporation.Â
âOnce we started doing our own thing and making a little noise, I felt that they felt threatened or something because they stopped answering calls and stopped coming around when it was time to get down to business,â M.C. Mack said. âWhen we started making music and distributing it, the business part kind of f***** up the relationship. They didnât want to fulfill their end of the contractual obligations with my solo album.
âIt was like, damn, Iâm stuck between not being able to record or put out my own music because they wanted a cut out of it. The distributor didnât want to put it out because he didnât want to take the risk of getting a lawsuit for putting out music that wasnât authorized. It basically held up my whole career [at the time]. Thatâs kind of when the falling out began. Really, it was just a misunderstanding because now record labels are allowing artists to do their own thing,â M.C. Mack said.
After leaving what could be considered the most successful rap record label in the city, M.C. Mack put his all into transforming Kami Kaze Inc. into its own successful enterprise. Acquiring a handful of artists and releasing nearly 20 albums on the label to date, itâs safe to conclude that the label has been prosperous.Â
Now a couple of decades into the game, M.C. Mack said his passion to create music is as strong as itâs ever been. He said the idea of leaving the rap game is a thought far from his mind.Â
âMusic is my life,â M.C. Mack said. âWhen I go in the booth to record, I still get the same chill bumps from back in the day. The passion is still there. Itâs probably even stronger now. Back in the day, we were doing it just for the sake of recording. Now that weâre able to make money off of it, thereâs even more passion in it. Itâs an art of expression just like dancing and poetry readings. Itâs also something that keeps me out of trouble and a way to do something positive.â
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