For some, the negative impact of the death of a loved one can be debilitating. For others, it can be a catalyst for growth and the birth of an emcee. At the age of 13, South Seattle native, Miccie Macc, lost his father and began a journey of creative expression through hip hop. The pen and pad became a sort of therapy; a coping mechanism for dealing with his emotional battles.

Growing up, Macc was strongly impacted by his father’s musical tastes, including The Beatles, The Doors, and The Rolling Stones, all of which influence him to this day. He appreciated all genres of music: rock, blues, R&B, soul- you name it. At a young age, Macc joined a gang and, in turn, witnessed violence on the regular. Music became a mirror in which to reflect on those experiences, and at the age of 12 he began listening to and identifying with hip hop; G-unit and 50 Cent having, by far, the strongest effect on his own musical style. His real commitment to music came in the 8th grade, when he moved to Kent, Washington and met Darrell aka ROBxSIN, the individual who would become his main pillar of support in the music game. They’ve pushed each other ever since, forming Young Hoodlems in the 10th grade while recording at a free studio to get their name out there. With time came a job and, in turn, the money he needed to take his hobby to the next level.

Two mixtapes later, Miccie Macc is now a WSU graduate and working hard to create his own brand. His hip hop flavor of choice has become the bay area sound, but his lyrics remain heavy. Wanting to mix a crowd-moving, hyphy sound with story-telling the likes of Notorious BIG, his personal narrative is interesting and unique, to say the least. It’s somewhere between underground and mainstream, hugging the line between deep, lyric-based, soul-crushing hip hop and melodic, head-nodding, bass heavy, party jams. Rather then sending a message and preaching the truth, Miccie Mac’s music is more a chronicle of his life and a journey of self-expression. It’s a way for him to meditate on his own thoughts and understandings, to vent, to become aware of who he is, and to come to terms with his darker past so that he can move towards a brighter future.

In 2015, Macc not only released his “University Seats” mixtape, but once again teamed up with ROBxSIN to form Mad People. Soon after, they released their album “Half & Half”. In 2016 Miccie Macc released a three part solo mixtape, “Victims”. This year he plans on focusing more on videos, performing, and stepping back from the mixtapes to work on an album and build up a fanbase. He has set his sights high, no doubt, and it helps that all music inspires him. He wants to travel the globe and possibly experiment with other genres, namely pop. Regardless of the path he takes with his music, one thing’s for sure: quality is his priority. The lyrics, flow, and beat must fit together like building blocks. Everything is life is connected, and the music must reflect that.