Malcolm DeWayne, formerly known as Mac L was born in
Nashville, TN. Heavily influenced by the lyrical elements of 90s Hip-Hop artists such as Jadakiss, Nas, and A Tribe Called Quest as well as the aggressive social consciousness of Ice Cube and Ludacris, Mac developed a love for music at a young age and began writing rhymes at
twelve, battling at fourteen, and making beats at sixteen. At the age of seventeen, he
released his introductory mixtape, The Great American Paper Chase. Under the moniker "Mac tha Knife", he became a
featured artist in Cricket's Nashville Music Showcase and was nominated for a Southern Entertainment Award for "Mixtape Rookie of the Year". In 2010, after opening up for the GZA/Genius of the world renown Wu-Tang Clan, Malcolm obtained his bachelor of science degree in Recording Industry Management with a Music Business concentration from Middle Tennessee State University. A year later, he changed his name to Mac L before releasing the critically acclaimed "Raw Material", which was considered as one of the top 50 mixtapes of 2011 according to TooSickMuzik.com. In 2012, Mac became nominated for a Nashville Independent Music Award for Hip-Hop performer of the year. His momentum continued the build as he threw the industry on its heels again, changing his stage name to his government name, Malcolm DeWayne, shortly after being listed as one of allhiphop.com's top 50 underground Hip-Hop artists of 2012. His sound is often characterized as an old school East coast soul with a progressive vibe, always striving to be a better lyricist and more complete artist. He breaks away from the negative stereotypes that plague the Hip-Hop community of today and uses his magnetic stage presence to deliver powerful messages. With new music on the way, he aims to continue his path to greatness.
Mac tha Knife - Vocals
Music City - 2008
Feel Good - 2010
In the Mood - 2010
"The Great American Paper Chase" (Mixtape) - 2006
"Raw Material" (Mixtape) - 2011
Malcolm DeWayne- Amethyst Nights (Prod. Plue Starfox)
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Nashville’s very own Malcolm DeWayne formally known as Mac L power bombs writer block, breaking out ...Nashville’s very own Malcolm DeWayne formally known as Mac L power bombs writer block, breaking out of a slump which leads to the introspective vent session entitled “Amethyst Nights”. It starts off slow, as he confesses his frustrations with listeners on topics that includes being a blue collar worker, constant questions on his forthcoming album, reaching out to bloggers, ect. There’s a pause and Mac attacks the beat with a rapid flow, the increase tempo is a nice addition, giving the track a boost in captivation A strong comeback single i must say, by the way Plue’s production is always crack, and this is no exception.
Party & Bullsh*t: This Week in Nashville Hip-Hop [Yelawolf, Malcolm DeWayne, Sean Michael, DJ Nite]
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Name change alert! You guys remember Mac L, aka Mac Lethal, aka Mac tha Knife, right? Backpacker dud...Name change alert! You guys remember Mac L, aka Mac Lethal, aka Mac tha Knife, right? Backpacker dude that dropped a couple of quality tapes about four years ago and then kinda disappeared? Well, he's back and going by his government name, Malcolm DeWayne — a wise decision, as it seems we've hit peak rap-name saturation — and he's dropping that incisive, erudite hotness. It's nice to have him back.
2Ls Live Leaks (Mixtape Edition) ft. Trey Songz, A$AP Rocky, @Macl615, Nipsey Hussle, and more
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Last but not least, we must show love to Nashville artist, Mac L. Recently unleashing his latest pro...Last but not least, we must show love to Nashville artist, Mac L. Recently unleashing his latest project, Raw Material, Mac L continues to grind out through his music. Catchy punchlines, old school beats, and all around quality production are all included on this project. A few of our favorite tracks are Coordinates, Overdose, Mac Is Back, and 40 Acres and a Deal.
New Talent: Mac L - Raw Material/40 Acres and a Deal
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Alright ya'll, time to introduce you to someone you're going to be hearing a lot of fire from in the...Alright ya'll, time to introduce you to someone you're going to be hearing a lot of fire from in the very near future. My dude Mac L is an upcoming rapper from Nashville, TN who submitted his music to me. Now, I'm not usually a southern rap kind of guy, but as soon as I listened to the two cuts he sent I knew I had hit something special. He's smart and witty, and his lyrical content and his view of his music and the business as a whole reflects his education and the way he truly uses hip-hop as his craft. As an artist. The two cuts I've shared here will be on his upcoming mixtape, titled Raw Material.
Mac L - Raw Material
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This Summer is going to be filled with incredible music releases. One of them will be the B2P-hosted...This Summer is going to be filled with incredible music releases. One of them will be the B2P-hosted Raw Material mixtape by Nashville’s Mac L (formerly known as Mac tha Knife). This is the thunderous title track off the project. Notice how this doesn’t sound anything like the usual southern aesthetic. Complete with one of the most banging piano samples I’ve ever heard, Mac goes for the jugular. Guess what? This is only the intro track. We’ll keep you updated with the progress of Raw Material.
Finding Community in Ca$hville: An Interview with Mac L
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Despite still only being in his early 20s, Malcolm Lockridge has had plenty of time to gauge where h...Despite still only being in his early 20s, Malcolm Lockridge has had plenty of time to gauge where he stands amongst Nashville’s hip hop community; where he stands and what he stands for. Growing up in a rough neighborhood has helped guide him toward who he has become, certainly instilling in him the idea that he needed to brand himself to reflect a tougher image (Mac’s stage name has evolved from the harder sounding Mac tha Ripper—which he used as a college DJ—and later Mac tha Knife), but in speaking to Mac he makes no bones about not wanting to promote an image that isn’t indicative of where he’s at in this stage of his life. He recognizes his upbringing as a chapter from his past, but also feels as though it would be unfair to front as though that image was still a reality as he moves on with his life; something many MCs struggle with as they evolve as not only artists, but people. Now having graduated college, Mac explained how the move to change his name once again was motivated to reflect a “more professional” version of himself; but all that assuming the modest stage name of Mac L really does is go to further suggest the MC’s willingness to be upfront about who he his and what he’s about right now.
Earlier this month Mac performed on a bill ringing in the new year at the grand opening of the recently rebranded Epic 9 (formerly Avenue 9). Following a performance by Tasha T—an uneven set that still inspired a solid reaction from the modest crowd—Mac quietly took to the stage and rolled through a half dozen songs. Despite his confident presence however, the already scattered audience appeared to take an unannounced intermission from partying by the stage and slowly cleared out over the course of the MC’s set. Watching the performance, it became immediately clear that the setting wasn’t optimal for Mac’s brand of lyrically focused rap. But he rolled on. Opening with “Music City,” a song unfortunately heavily influenced by crowd interaction, Mac persisted, determined to do shrug off the awkward light show and clubgoers’ dwindling interest. As the performance went on though, Epic 9's off stage hype-man perked up and chimed in, eventually barking the clichéd “this is real hip hop” chant; in this case however, he wasn’t simply bullshitting to stir things up. In the face of a disinterested audience, now only waiting for the next Waka Flocka track to overtake the dance floor, Mac remained confident and established his voice amongst the chaos.
The MC might not fit in when considering Southern Hip Hop as a brand, but Mac fits like a glove when considering that he’s inspired by a sense of community that the south is largely known for. It’s unfortunate though that the rap scene in Nashville is, at least on the surface, about as divided as his reception at Epic 9 might suggest. This isn’t meant to push the man as some messianic hope to change things in the country-music capital of the world, but Mac has a bigger picture in mind and is excited to see whether or not the city’s scene can grow into a full-fledged movement. Whatever you think of his music, you have to give it up to him for pressing on with such faith and determination despite being in such a minority. Recently Mac and I touched base, discussing this conflict, his upcoming album, Raw Material, and the local artists who he feels are some of Nashville’s finest.
Chris DeLine: This isn’t meant to incite a shit-talking session or anything like that, rather I’d like to work on building on the positives. In 2009 you wrote a post on your blog that read, “Nashville is notorious for its crab mentality. Nobody wants to work together. There’s alot [sic] of hate in the city. There are too many cliques that call themselves movements, and they stand for nothing. It’s really disturbing.” Do you feel that Nashville has enough talent to develop into a hotspot on the national scene? If so—in relation to the points you made a few years back—what do you think Nashville artists have to do to start heading in that direction?
Mac L: Nashville has more than enough potential. The problem is people are either too afraid or too stuck in their ways. When we start working together and start going outside our comfort zones, I think that’ll start a great change. We also need to start being professional and stop trying to continue the “hood” mentality. Don’t get me wrong. I’m from the hood. I left the hood.
CD: Why do you think MCs in Nashville have come to the point where they are only looking out for themselves like you’re saying? Elsewhere the saying “a rising tide lifts all boats” applies in many cases, and you’ll have whole communities working together to reach their individual goals. What is it here that isn’t working?
ML: That can really be applied to life. I say it is experience (or lack thereof) that makes people want to fly solo. What is also hurting us is that everyone wants to be the star. Everyone wants to be Kobe [or] Michael. No one wants (or knows how) to play their position. This is Ca$hville, and everything comes at a price here.
CD: In that same post you mentioned Classic Williams and Black Noize as key proponents of pushing Nashville as a scene. Two years later, who’s out there working on building bridges, attempting to make change in the city?
ML: On the scene, I see DJs like DJ Legacy and DJ Sir Swift hosting events and CDs that are really good for the city. Moss da Beast and Aphropik are a couple MCs I see also puttin’ on for the city. Behind the scenes, I see Wes (founder of Hip-Hop in the Ville) and Janiro (founder of the Southern Entertainment Awards) putting in work in Nashville. Capo & Latino Saint also have a quarterly event called the Urban Music Challenge, which is a great opportunity for artists.
CD: Your track “Coordinates” revolves around a hook that includes the line, “Because there’s people that want to see you fall off track.” What roadblocks do you see right now getting in the way to achieving the success you’re looking for in the track?
ML: Right now, life is my main roadblock. Not wanting to make excuses, but what’s keeping me from the success I seek is my reliance on others. My lack of necessary resources is really hurting me, but to be realistic, my biggest roadblock is myself. I still doubt myself sometimes. I still have bad habits I need to overcome. I still have things to do.
CD: Prophicy is one of the names you’ve been high on—who are two or three more names in the city that people have to check out right now?
ML: Haha, yeah Prophicy is a beast—as an MC and a producer. But aside from him, as well as others mentioned, people should definitely check out my brother KDV, my dude Likwid and my boy Stix Izza. There’s plenty more, but off [the] top, these guys have chops.
CD: As a young MC, how do you see your voice developing since first dropping your Great American Paper Chase mixtape in 2008?
ML: Well, my voice has always been something I’ve worked on. You’ll definitely be hearing a matured sound; more confident, more serious.
CD: You do have a very confident presence on stage—of the local names hustling right now, who has impressed you as a live performer?
ML: I appreciate it. There are two artists who really stand out to me here in the Ville, the first being Finess Da Boss. Her live band only adds to her skill. I’ve also been impressed by D-Lowe with Blow 4 Blow Entertainment. We’ve actually performed together and D-Lowe has tons of energy. I’ve actually perform with a group named Word Up. Started in Nashville by my boy Dean “Dirty D” Andrews, he got me and a select few others to build up the live music scene in Murfreesboro. This is where I earned my stripes. (Mac followed up with me after the initial interview, adding the following: “In regards to your question about impressive performers, I forgot to mention Quiet Entertainer. Awesome musician.”)
CD: What’s coming up in 2011 for you? New releases?
ML: I have a lot on my plate this year. My big release this year is Raw Material, my follow up to The Great American Paper Chase. I’m also working with a couple new artists, one of ‘em being an R&B singer whose names I won’t reveal yet. I’m also working with a lot of producers including Kev the Sureshot, M. Will the Shogun, Bhon of Audio Ink, Bill Breeze, Johnny Storm, and more. 2011 is gonna be busy. Expect many singles.
Mac L - 40 Acres & a Deal
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I have to admit that I usually don’t like it when rappers try to do their own thing over a released ...I have to admit that I usually don’t like it when rappers try to do their own thing over a released track but I’m digging this. I like it mostly in part because what he’s saying is so simple and honest and he’s not “trying” to emulate Kanye like most people have done over this beat.
#UnsignedSunday Back2Pluto presents: Mac L – Raw Material Hosted by DJ Legacy
Been looking forward to this project. Should be a good listen.
Mac L – Raw Material (Mixtape)
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Another DOPE submission. This tape comes from Nashville TN. Mac L definitely impressed us with this ...Another DOPE submission. This tape comes from Nashville TN. Mac L definitely impressed us with this tape. I suggest you hit that jump if you know whats good for you. Kudos Mac.
Mac L – Raw Material (Official Mixtape)
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During my time creating this site for a little over a year now I haven’t run into many underground a...During my time creating this site for a little over a year now I haven’t run into many underground artists out of Tennessee. So it’s good now to have Mac L on the radar. Raw Material is a sick full length and as I’ve said before with this guy, he doesn’t lack content in his tracks. All of them discuss issues in either his life or those around us.
Too Sick: “Circulate” | “Breathe” | “Sooner Or Later” | “You Don’t Hear Me”
So Sick: “Overdose” | “Letter To The President” | “Wildstyle” | “In The Mood” | “Back In The Day” | “Walkin’ Out”
Sick: “Coordinates” | “Raw Material” | “Mac Is Back” | “The Art Of War” | “40 Blades” | “Excursions 2011? | “Hoodgrown” | “Sooner Or Later Remix”
I’ll start off with “Circulate” which is my favorite on here. I’ve heard people tackle this beat before, but Mac L has the best version of them all. “You Don’t Hear Me” was leaked about a month ago. He tackles a lot of social issues on it, basically showing how fake a lot of things really are. Similarly, on “Overdose” he moves his cross-hairs to the music industry where once again he shows how lame a lot of rappers are today. The song “Breathe” is one many people can relate to. He airs out his frustration of spending four years grinding in college only to graduate and not be able to find a job. This seems to have become the trend now for college graduates in our nation. I, myself am one of them. While all these tracks address current issues he then turns around on “Back In The Day” to reminisce about how things used to be. Lastly, he shows off a strong old school type sound on “Sooner Or Later”.
He refers to the tape as “a small glimpse of where I come from”, referring to being heavily influenced by East Coast Hip-Hop. “Raw Material is me in my purest form. When you break down how certain products are made, you have the raw materials, which are the main materials used to create that product. That’s what this mixtape is.”
I strongly agree that he embraced the East Coast Hip-Hop sound with this. It’s a strong lyrical project with important content related to the streets. My only complaint would likely be that the songs are a bit short, rarely going over the 3 minute mark. Give them all a listen below. It’s a ‘name your price’ download so do just that, feel free to support Mac L by entering a dollar amount.
Mac L’s “Raw Material” & the Trouble with Local Scenes
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It was just about 10 months ago that I first met Mac L. In a number of ways the cocksure MC served a...It was just about 10 months ago that I first met Mac L. In a number of ways the cocksure MC served as my introduction to a side of Nashville that I didn’t know much about when first moving here, and certainly a sector that isn’t entirely visible unless you’re actively looking for it: the rap and hip hop community. The night we met we talked at length about the issues facing young artists in Music City, discussing in detail the lack of cohesion between contemporaries and other factors cramping development such as scarcity of live venues in the city that are open to “urban” acts and general disinterest from the media. I was a bit taken back by the reality that Mac painted for me that night and here it is, 10 months later, and I still don’t know what to make of this city. Sure, Nashville faces issues that strike every city, regardless of location, concerning the nurturing of local artists, but Nashville also has a few of its own problems that are more specific to its community that I’m still trying to figure out.
The main purpose of this article is to document and celebrate something Mac’s accomplished in the time since I first met him. To put it bluntly, I probably wouldn’t be posting this if I hadn’t told Mac many months ago that I’d help “sponsor” his mixtape (I’ve not really been blogging about much of anything lately). As time passed I about forgot my promise, but I figured why not – Mac’s my friend. This isn’t to say that his new mixtape, Raw Material, doesn’t deserve recognition however. It’s an interesting album in that it identifies a young lyricist in transition, slowly growing into the realities of the modern political and economic landscape, slowly identifying his changing perception of the country, slowly finding his place. One of the things that Mac isn’t slow to, however, is announcing his own importance as an artist, nor is he slow to suggest that his future will be anything less than successful. As irritating as his self-assured chest beating might be at times, which he does no more or less than any other MC who’s trying to gain attention, I admire Mac’s persistance – he isn’t about to let anyone tell him that he isn’t as good as he thinks he is.
A free download of the entire album is available below, and for those interested in learning a bit more about Mac there’s also a brief Q&A with him that touches on his future in the city, whether or not he’s calling it quits after this release, and why he feels that there is “no one else who makes music like me” (there’s also this interview with him from this past January). The bottom line is that Mac might not be every bit as phenomenal as he feels he is (yet?), but I’m still comfortable standing behind Raw Material and putting my name on it because it just so happens to be that in addition to being my friend, he’s also one of the select Nashvillian MCs whose work I actually enjoy. It’s my hope, as I’m sure it is Mac’s, that you too enjoy what he’s put together here. Cheers.
Mac L - Raw Material (Mixtape)
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We have been waiting now the Raw project is here! Mac L refers to the mixtape as "a small glimpse of...We have been waiting now the Raw project is here! Mac L refers to the mixtape as "a small glimpse of where I come from". Hit the jump for the track list and download, enjoy!
Back2Pluto Presents: Mac L - Raw Material Hosted by DJ Legacy
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Nashville, TN emcee Mac L returns with his sophomore mixtape Raw Material. The long delayed project ...Nashville, TN emcee Mac L returns with his sophomore mixtape Raw Material. The long delayed project finally hits the circuit after technical complications, name changes, production readjustments and more. We’re glad this record finally gets to see the light of day. For those missing real lyricism over dope beats, this is a must listen. Mac is very much a a modern traditionalist of an emcee that takes on plenty of ambitious beats on this project such as classics by Nujabes, DJ Premier, Madlib and more. Even B2P regular Jonathan Lowell provides production credits. Once again, do not sleep on the South and be on the lookout for more activity from the Nashvillain.
Party & Bullsh*t: This Week in Nashville Hip-Hop [Struggle, Kaby, Brian Cameron, Mac L, Dee Goodz]
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Mac L's new tape Raw Material is a banger, hemming closely to the classic backpack sound. He's got a...Mac L's new tape Raw Material is a banger, hemming closely to the classic backpack sound. He's got a flow that reminds me of the first Showbiz & AG record. I mean, it's not S&AG, but it's got that classic NYC underground feel.
Mac L Back in the Day [Music]
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Growing up in the 90's was a special time for my generation. We caught the ending of what was always...Growing up in the 90's was a special time for my generation. We caught the ending of what was always known, and saw the beginning of what was to come. Technology began taking over the world, toys became more electronic, and the line of sensory became blurred throughout the press.
Mac L reminisces on his childhood while listing off things that many of us can recall. From cartoons to our favorite toys, this track definitely hit home. Inspired by Ahmad‘s classic Back In The Day, Mac L took the idea and made it his own.
Makin' Moves Monday at The End Feat. Ugly Lovely, Mac L, Adoniyah and Prophicy, 1/9/12
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Up next was Mac L — aka Mickey Luciano and/or Mac the Knife — who we've been following off and on fo...Up next was Mac L — aka Mickey Luciano and/or Mac the Knife — who we've been following off and on for a few years now. We still maintain that he sounds best when he's fast-rapping, but his flow has matured, tightened up and generally just gotten better over the years, growing into the '90s underground-style flow he's long been refining. Mac really hit his stride when he was joined by the evening's closer, Prophicy, for a brief set of tandem raps. The Spin is more than willing to date ourselves by mentioning that the first rap record we ever owned was Run DMC's Raising Hell, and we are not afraid to admit that we love nothing more than rap duos throwing down tag-team style like The Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff. We're old-school like that.
GZA at MTSU, 3/31/10
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Luckily they let one of our favorite local rappers, Mac the Knife, drop a beat and actually throw do...Luckily they let one of our favorite local rappers, Mac the Knife, drop a beat and actually throw down some nice rhymes. Remember those shining moments we talked about? Those all belonged to Mac, and when he masters breath control he will be a force to be reckoned with, mark our words.
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