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Mac Mall (born Jamal Rocker in Vallejo, California) is a West Coast rapper who became known in the mid/late 1990s as one of the local artists putting the Bay Area on the hip hop map. Mac Mall was signed to Young Black Brotha Records.
One of Mac Mall's first singles was a song called "Ghetto Theme", which had a music video directed by Tupac Shakur in 1994. He was also longtime friends with Mac Dre, who was his mentor early on in his career. The two repaired their friendship a couple of years before Dre's death.[clarification needed] He is also cousins to E-40 and B-Legit.
In 1993, Mac Mall released his debut album Illegal Business? on Young Black Brotha records. Entirely produced by Khayree Shaheed, the album featured Ray Luv, Mac Dre and The Mac. Illegal Business? moved over 200,000 units independently, a major feat for an independent artist and record label. He met Tupac Shakur shortly after the album's release, who after praising Mac's music offered to direct a video for the single "Ghetto Theme". In 1995 he contributed a verse to E-40's "Dusted and Disgusted" and Eightball & MJG's "Friend or Foe". In 1996 he signed a record deal with Relativity Records, which released his second, and most commercially successful album, Untouchable.
In 1996, he appeared on the Red Hot Organization's compilation CD, America is Dying Slowly, alongside Biz Markie, Wu-Tang Clan, and Fat Joe, among many other prominent hip hop artists. The CD, meant to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic among African American men, was heralded as "a masterpiece" by The Source magazine.
In 1999, he started his own Sessed Out label, the first release being the compilation Mac Mall Presents the Mallennium, followed by his first solo album on the label and third overall, Illegal Business? 2000 a year later. Though no longer on a major label, he still managed to achieve success on Illegal Business? 2000, which spawned what is perhaps his most well known single, "Wide Open". Immaculate followed in 2001, which would find him once again reuniting with longtime collaborator Khayree Shaheed. After 2002's Mackin Speaks Louder Than Words, he took a 4 year hiatus from solo albums, instead focusing on collaborative efforts with JT the Bigga Figga and Mac Dre. He began work on an album with Mac Dre, which would be called Da U.S. Open. Unfortunately, Dre passed before the album was released, and it ended up being some of Dre's final recordings.
In 2006, Mac Mall returned with his first solo album on Thizz Entertainment, Thizziana Stoned and the Temple of Shrooms. "Perfect Poison", a song off of the album, was featured in the video game Skate. He followed up Thizziana with Mac To The Future in 2009, becoming his second solo album with Thizz.
In 2011 Mac Mall announced that he will release an album in November called The Rebellion Against All There Is. It will be a joint release with his own label Thizzlamic Records, and Young Black Brotha Records. The Rebellion Against All There Is will include 17 tracks, with features from Ray Luv, Shima, Boss Hogg, Luiyo La Musico and Latriece Love. The first single from the album is "To Live In The Bay". Moreover, Mac reunites with producer Khayree, who is said to be producing the whole effort. Seventeen years ago, Khayree produced Mac's Young Black Brotha Records debut, Illegal Business?. It has been 12 years since the Bay Area pair worked together. Though initially planned for November 2011, The Rebellion Against All There Is is now scheduled for release on February 21, 2012. A music video for his next single, "The Rebellion Against All There Is", will be released shortly before the album hits stores.
- 1993: Illegal Business?
- 1996: Untouchable - #35 Billboard 200
- 1999: Illegal Business? 2000 #185 Billboard 200
- 1999: Mallennium
- 2000: Beware of Those (with JT the Bigga Figga)
- 2001: Immaculate
- 2002: Mackin Speaks Louder Than Words
- 2004: Illegal Game (with JT the Bigga Figga)
- 2004: The Macuscripts, Vol. 1
- 2005: The Macuscripts, Vol. 2
- 2005: The Macuscripts, Vol. 3
- 2005: The Macuscripts, Vol. 4
- 2005: Da U.S. Open (with Mac Dre)
- 2006: Thizziana Stoned and the Temple of Shrooms
- 2009: Mac to the Future
- 2011: The Rebellion Against All There Is
Singles & EPs
- 1994: Sic Wit Tis
- 1994: Ghetto Theme
- 1996: Get Right - #41 Hot Rap Singles, #5 Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
- 1999: Wide Open (CD/Cassette Single)
- Shapiro, Peter (2005) "Mac Mall" in The Rough Guide to Hip-Hop, 2nd edn., Rough Guides, ISBN 1-84353-263-8, p. 241-242
- Birchmeier, Jason "Mac Mall Biography", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
- Azpiri, John "Immaculate Review", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation