What's up Leafers? Welcome to the latest edition of On the Rise where we interview upcoming hip hop talent. Today's guest is rap artist, Mac Money. Mac Money is straight out of Brooklyn, New York with the gritty bars to prove it. Mac's sound is aggressive and charismatic similar to many of the East Coast Goats. Mac's charisma and vibe will definitely land him on major festival stages such as Rolling Loud and Coachella. Mac's been making waves in his city so we had to tap in. Check out the interview below.
Westleaf Staff: What's up, Mack? Your sound is dope. When did you start making music?
Mac Money: I started making music at the tender age of 9. But I started taking music seriously back in 2012.
Westleaf Staff: That's dope! Seems like music came naturally to you! What city do you represent?
Mac Money: I’m from Brooklyn New York CROWN HEIGHTS to be exact.
Westleaf Staff: Shout out to Brooklyn! Y'all have some crazy talent up there! So how did you create your stage name?
Mac Money: Mac Money was created from my childhood name Mac which is short for my actual first name and Money came along a little bit after when I actually started starting to make a living, in all avenues they started calling me the Money Man . So it's combination of both.
Westleaf Staff: Nice. That's a fly name and it's cool that it came naturally. So how did your early life shape your interest in music?
Mac Money: I was a huge fan of hip hop and I was always influenced by other artists' music that I could relate to. I always wanted to be on stage and to create music that people in my generation could relate too.
Westleaf Staff: Thats's dope to hear that you use music as a healing tool. So who is your biggest Musical influence?
Mac Money: Biggie, Jay-Z, Nas, Drake, and J Cole . And of course everyone in the battle rap culture.
Westleaf Staff: Those are some legends! Next question! What's been the defining moment in your music career thus far?
Mac Money: Theres many but If I had to choose one I’d say opening up for Young Money at a very young age earlier on in my music career.
Westleaf Staff: Wow! That's dope. Congrats on that!
What makes you a unique artist?
Mac Money: My life experiences being expressed on a different magnitude and there is no façade or any cap in my rap. I’m very entertaining, real rugged, and raw with versatility.
Westleaf Staff: I love that answer. Glad to see someone real in the game! So what does art mean to you?
Mac Money: Art is Meaningful. Art is an expression. Art speaks in volumes more than words.
Westleaf Staff: True! That's deep! Where do you see your music career going over the next few years?
Mac Money: In the next 5 years I should be definitely further that where I’m at today. My goal is to be very successful and to be a legend/mogul in this music industry.
Westleaf Staff: What’s the message behind your New EP “Everything ain’t what it seems?”
Mac Money: Everything Ain't What It Seems really represents growth and making it be known that you can do it by yourself. You don’t have to worry about waiting on anybody for your success. You know your journey, you know your passions, you know what direction you’re going in and despite what anyone thinks about you. Always remember what happens behind closed doors and use all the negativity as positivity.
Westleaf Staff: What are your favorite records on the project?
Mac Money: My favorite record on the project is “my life”. It’s a real grown and sexy record. It's very influential with a positive message and cool smooth-player Mac sound.
“Get money” “love language” and “everything ain’t what it seems” basically gives a message to my consumers in three different sounds but very powerful records.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! I wish you much success! Before we go, describe music in three words.
Mac Money: Guidance, energy, and life.
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