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.
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 albums release, who after praising Mac Mall’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 album, America is Dying Slowly, alongside Biz Markie, Wu-Tang Clan, and Fat Joe, among many other prominent hip hop artists. The compilation, 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, Mac Dre passed before the album was released, and it ended up being some of Mac Dre’s final recordings. In 2006, Mac Mall returned with his first solo album on Thizz Entertainment, Thizziana Stoned and the Temple of Shrooms. He followed up with Mac To The Future in 2009, becoming his second solo album with Thizz.
In 2011 Mac Mall released an album called The Rebellion Against All There Is. It’s a joint release with his own label Thizzlamic Records, and Young Black Brotha Records. The album includes 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 Mall reunites with producer Khayree, who is said to be producing the whole effort. A music video for his next single, “The Rebellion Against All There Is”, was released shortly before the album hits stores.