Mac Lethal

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Mac Lethal
Mac Lethal performing on Ellen.jpg
Mac Lethal performing on The Ellen Show
Background information
Birth name David McCleary Sheldon
Also known as Uncle Mac[1]
Born (1981-07-25) July 25, 1981 (age 35)
Origin Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, producer, songwriter, radio host, author,videographer, TV producer,
Instruments Vocals, sampler, keyboards
Years active 1996–present
Labels Rhymesayers Entertainment, Black Clover Records
Associated acts Seven, Murs, Chamillionaire, Ces Cru, Tech N9ne, Atmosphere
Website maclethal.bandcamp.com

David McCleary Sheldon (born July 25, 1981), better known by his stage name Mac Lethal,[2] is an American hip hop recording artist, of Irish descent, from Kansas City, Missouri.[3]

Career[edit]

Mac Lethal released his debut album, Men Are from Mars, Pornstars Are from Earth, on HHI Recordings in 2002.[4] Sage Francis took him on the Fuck Clear Channel Tour in 2004.[5]

In 2006, Mac Lethal founded Black Clover Records with longtime friend Jeremy Willis, who had been running the Datura Label.[6] In 2007, he released the album entitled 11:11 on Rhymesayers Entertainment.[7]

He is also the founder of Black Clover Records[6] and is a radio host on KRBZ 96.5 the Buzz show, Black Clover Radio.[8]

In November 2011, Mac Lethal released a video on YouTube of him rapping over the beat to "Look at Me Now" while he prepares a dish of pancakes in his kitchen. The video became a viral hit and got millions of views in a matter of days and led to interviews on websites like CNN and The Washington Post.[9][10]

Despite his rejuvenated and modernized success brought on through YouTube and social media, Mac Lethal has insisted on remaining independent and not signing with any of the major labels who have approached him. In 2011, he was offered a contract from Sony to which he rejected, referring to the $250,000, 5 album, 2 option and one milestone option deal, as "insane".[11]

Mac Lethal is also responsible for a Tumblr feed called "Texts from Bennett", in which he purports to divulge text message conversations between himself and his cousin Bennett. Although some have questioned whether or not Bennett is a real person, he insists that the conversations are 100% genuine.[12] He released the novel of the same name on Simon & Schuster in 2013.[13]

Mac has successfully created a massive YouTube channel with over 500,000 subscribers, and 100 million views. His videos often feature him rapping swift, double-time flows directly into his microphone at his house, about topics ranging from every day life,[14] to more complex political issues.[15] Mac Lethal parlayed his YouTube fame into creating, hosting, and executive producing his own television show Binge Thinking, which debuted on MTV2 in early 2016. Due to the success of the show, Binge Thinking was picked up for a 2nd season and transferred to MTV's main network. His new album Congratulations was released on September 13, 2016, and will feature independent rap star Tech N9ne[16]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 11:11 (2007)
  • Irish Goodbye (2011)
  • Congratulations (2016)

Mixtapes[edit]

  • The Love Potion Collection (2003)
  • The Love Potion Collection 2 (2006)
  • The Love Potion Collection 3 (2006)
  • The Love Potion Collection 4 (2007)
  • The Crown Prime Rib Mixtape (2008)
  • The Love Potion Collection 5 (2009)
  • Black Clover Presents Aged Barrel Series 1: Original 11:11 (2009)
  • Black Clover Presents Aged Barrel Series 2: Moonthinker (2009)
  • Blood in the Water Mixtape (2010)
  • The Love Potion Collection 6 (2010)
  • North Korean BBQ (2011)
  • The Love Potion Collection 7: The Hair years (2011)

EPs[edit]

  • Moon Thinker (2001)
  • Nine Situations (2003)
  • Women of Scribble Jam (2004) (with Murs)
  • Digital Love Potion (2008)
  • Daytrotter Session (2008)
  • Fast as Hell Though (2011)
  • Postcards from Kansas City (2013)

Singles[edit]

  • "Make-Out Bandit" b/w "Pound That Beer" (2007)
  • "Undertow" (2009)
  • "Lookin Bro" (2009)
  • "Look at Me Now" (2011)
  • "How to Make Your Own Chick-Fil-A" (2012)
  • "You're vs. Your" (2012)
  • "Beatbox + iPhone + Guitar + Fast Rap = Win" (2012)
  • "Alphabet Insanity" (2014)
  • "Incredible Mozart Rap" (2014)

Works Cited[edit]

  • Texts from Bennett: A Novel (2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chester, Britt (November 21, 2010). "Mac Lethal at the Marquis". Westword. 
  2. ^ Harper, Jason (November 7, 2005). "Lethal Attraction". The Pitch. 
  3. ^ Koch, Kyle (November 23, 2010). "Mac Lethal". The Pitch. 
  4. ^ Quinlan, Thomas (August 2002). "Mac Lethal - Men Are From Mars, Pornstars Are From Earth". Exclaim!. 
  5. ^ "Fuck Clear Channel Tour". The Wake Student Magazine. March 31, 2004. 
  6. ^ a b Rohla, Bill (2009). "The Future of Midwest Hip Hop". High Plains Reader. 
  7. ^ McGarvey, Evan (November 19, 2007). "Mac Lethal: 11:11". Pitchfork Media. 
  8. ^ Harper, Jason (November 3, 2009). "Mac Lethal calls for local songs to play on Black Clover Radio". The Pitch. 
  9. ^ "Pancake rapper Mac Lethal on romantic cheesecake, BBQ and the second best cuisine on Earth". CNN. December 5, 2011. Retrieved December 6, 2011. 
  10. ^ Crum, Haley (December 2, 2011). "Rapper Mac Lethal on "Texts From Bennett" Tumblr, rapping about pancakes and more.". The Washington Post. 
  11. ^ Hakes, Tyler (September 28, 2011) Staying Independent: Mac Lethal Turns Down a Record Deal, aboveGroundmagazine.com
  12. ^ "Texts From Bennett: Mac Lethal Speaks About His Internet Sensations". The Huffington Post. December 2, 2011. 
  13. ^ Hagni, Jonna (August 8, 2013). "Coming soon — Texts from Bennett, A Novel". Vox Talk. Vox. 
  14. ^ http://www.mtv.com/news/2744620/charlamagne-mac-lethal-uncommon-sense-binge-thinking/
  15. ^ http://www.youtube.com/maclethal
  16. ^ http://www.strangemusicinc.com/2016/01/tech-n9ne/mac-lethal-confirms-tech-n9ne-for-upcoming-project/

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