Mac Grape was born and raised in the Crest Neighborhood in Oakland, Ca. Mac Grape is a native of Oakland, Ca. Born and raised in the Hyphy movement a cultural movement in the Bay Area hip-hop scene that emerged in the early 00s . Mac has an in your face but twist your brain sound. Mac Grape began is fascination with words and lyrics at an early age. He wanted to find the hardest words to make match with his story. Mac Grape has a way of painting a picture with mind twisting lyrics that draw you in and demand you play it over and over again.
Mac Grape was highly influenced by Mac Dre, who also came from the same neighborhood. His biggest message from Mac Dre was that hard work pays off no matter where you start from. Mac Dre is considered on of the key influence in the Hyphy movement. In 2004 Mac Dre was gunned down in his own neighborhood, and to this day his murder has never been solved. As Mac Grape mourned the loss of his mentor, Mac Grape dove even deeper into his gifts. He vouched to touch every neighborhood, but also uplift them as well.
Mac Grape released his second ful EP, Metal Emancipation on February 26. Mac Grape takes the full project on from vocals to Production Engineering , Mixing and Masterig. Mac Grape reflects on his previous album In the Mind Of A Genius.
“In 2014 was made when the world was different. Obama was president and we felt we had a voice. Things need to change and so my music and message has to change too. “
Mac Grape goes on to say,
“That is what Mental Emancipation is all about. It’s uplifting your mindset into hard work, the feel of success and yes the realities of living in the hood and holding onto hope. In every light place you will find dark, It is in the dark is where you will find your weaknesses or strengths. Its not about where you live its about holding on to hope that you will not stay in this place. Hope is a powerful thing. Welcome to Mac Grape Land.”
Mac Grape is a true creative offering much more to the table than his mind blowing lyrical talent. He is also an artist of the canvas. “Since 2014, I became a father and a husband. I wanted my kids and wife to enjoy a part of my art too. So I began making paintings they can be proud of. The Incredible Hulk and Scooby Doo are what I grew up with so those are my favorate to draw.”
In 2018 Mac Grape moved away from the old neighborhood and moved his family to Las Vegas. “ Its a quieter environment for my family. Plus I feel more creative here.” Mac Grape now has a full studio in his home where he can freely create.
Through partnerships of LaRay Records, Mac Grape has a new place to call home, right in Las Vegas.
Kenny Blaque has lived and served the community of Las Vegas for a long time. Knowing the need for more opportunities for the youth Kenny Blaque CEO of Blaque Technology Marketing Co Created The House of Fame. Building a future for Yesterday Today and Tomorrow. The House Of Fame offers a place for youth to have technical musical training, an art production room and art gallery, a full stage for live performances as well as practice.
LaRay Records is very excited to partner with Blaque Technology Marketing to provide an opportunity to house Mac Grape Artwork as well as provide mentorship for the youth of House Of Fame.
There is a lot to look forward to for Mac Grape.