Haastattelussa Oregonin Portlandista kotoisin oleva räppäri Mac Roo.
- What’s up, Mac Roo? How are you today?
I could never complain, man. I’m actually doing really good right now. I hope all is well with you.
- First, can you tell us a little about yourselves?
I’m from Portland Oregon. I was raised all around in every neighborhood pretty much. I live in San Francisco and the Bay Area for 10 years.
- How did you get into music?
As a kid growing up listening to mom the music my mother listen to. I used to sit on the front porch at my apartments and set up chairs and act like they were drum sets and play on them with a stick things.
My father is also a musician who is a guitar player, so I’m going to band practice is with him when I was a kid and watching them practice and do the songs in seeing first hand. So I had a knowledge about different music equipment at a young age.
- Who are your biggest influences, both musically and personally?
Musically I got a whole lot of influences, to name a few Prince, Cameo, Michael Jackson, Warren G, Suga Free, DJ Quik, E-40, Richie Rich, 2pac, The Jacka, Rappin’ 4-Tay, Dru Down, Andre Nickatina and definitely Mac Dre!
I also like the East Coast rappers like LL Cool J, who in my opinion is the G.O.A.T. I like Jay-Z, Nas, Mobb Deep, Junior Mafia, Lost BoyZ, Capone and Noriega, Camp Lo, AZ. I’m absolutely truly inspired by all music. As far as personal people in my life, The Jacka was a good friend of mine. He definitely influenced me to be a better person, just treat people better around me and always try to be helpful in the situation. Andre Nickatina is another friend of mine who I learned a lot and I appreciate him. Berner and me are good friends and just the way he does business, I always have admired the way he operates.
- How has the music scene there changed over the years?
I think with the internet and how it’s set up people have a better reach a lot more music. I also think that a lot of microwave music is happening. You have a lotta quick made music, because of the internet and the way it’s set up right now. It’s way more independence now and I think that’s needed. I think that somehow people should start blending the old with the new, don’t let the old just die out.
- What do you usually start with when working on a new piece?
I usually start with a dope ass beat, the beat gotta be slap. It’s gotta have a groove to it, you know. It’s gotta have a feelin’ I’m looking for.
- Let’s talk about your newest single, “Game Changed”. What was the inspiration for this song?
I come from the game. I was raised selling drugs, pimping hoes and take a part of the crimes on the street side of things. The song was a depiction of the change of the pimp game and I was just painting a picture of some of the changes we see now.
- How’s the feedback been so far?
I mean, people like it, ain’t gonna lie, a lot of people been saying they like it and I appreciate it. I appreciate everyone who does like it and has let me know, so it’s doing good so far.
- Why did you choose the title “Game Member” for your newest EP?
Game member was the name of the EP because in the streets everything you do is a game. The pimp game, the gang game, the drug game. I wanted to depict because I’ve been a part of everything that. I’m a game member, so it’s like jack of all trades for the game.
- How long did you work on the EP? What problems did you face?
I’ll probably worked on the EP for all that eight months and I really didn’t have any problems. It was pretty smooth sailing and I would like to press the vinyls.
- What song from the new EP is your favourite and why?
Four-star hotel is funny. That song just captures the thoughts I have about the game.
- When and where do you think you are the happiest – in the studio recording new music, on stage performing or elsewhere?
Well, due to coronavirus I haven’t been able to perform much and I enjoy performing. I like to eat, I like to be in the studio.
- What are you listening to nowadays?
Lotta old school, a lot of soul music from the 70’s.
- How are you experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic? To what extent has your everyday life as an artist changed in quarantine?
It’s crazy, I feel like I’m getting a lot more done now than before the COVID-19 hit. I was so busy doing everything else, that I didn’t really have time to just put out music and build my buzz up, so right now it’s been a gift and a curse.
- What do you do to relax?
Smoke hella weed, write raps and barbecue. I like to get on the water too, maybe grab a boat and split the sea.
- What’s next for you?
I got a Double EP coming soon called Razorblade City. I already have a couple songs and a video recorded for that.
- Any last words to our readers?
Definitely check me out! My music is for the real ones, so enjoy it, it’s something to ride to, I appreciate any and everyone who likes and supports my music and the creators of content, rather it’s music or blogs or vlogs.
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