Mac Lethal rolled through Tempe this week on his book signing/new EP promotional tour. Always a champion for independent business, he did a Q&A and book signing for his new novel “Texts From Bennett” at Tempe’s coolest indie bookstore “Changing Hands.” He also left 50 signed copies there for purchase. That night he played Club Red to a house full of grateful dedicated fans to celebrate his new book, EP titled “Postcards From Kansas City,” and his Hype Man Patrick’s 21st birthday.
He opened his set with one of my favorite tracks “Morimoto (Just Duet).” It’s from his most widely received album to date, this summer’s “Irish Goodbye.” He also did a killer stripped down rendition of his classic ‘Heart Of A Pig’ with just Patrick on beat box. Party anthems “Black Widow Spider” and “Pound That Beer” (which Mac performed in middle of the crowd) also fueled the heavy celebratory vibe.
One of the other finer points of the soiree was Mac stealing my phone from the stage (see video). I had just gotten it the day before and was still learning it. While some random hottie was showing my drunk ass the camera functions, it was apparently flashing incessantly in his face. So he literally confiscated it until he was done talking. The crowd loved it. Random hottie and I cracked up. He gave it back three minutes later with a smile. Thanks for the best ice breaker ever Mac. I ain’t mad at ya. He also led a 50 person conga line two laps around the whole club including the patio while rapping. He then bought the two birthday chicks in the audience shots and personally congratulated a couple who was there on their honeymoon.
After the show he signed more books and taught the security guards Jujitsu moves. When I asked him If he would answer a couple question for Locash, he said “Absofuckinglutely” and he didn’t even steal the phone I recorded him on.
Me: What’s your favorite part about “Postcards From Kansas City?”
Mac: “The dark vibe that it has”
Me: Do you plan on writing more books?
Mac: “Yeah of course, I do plan on writing some other stuff. I’m gonna go home and work a new book and a new record.”
Me: Right on. How’s Bennett?
Mac: “Bennet’s in jail. He’s doin alright and He’ll be out soon.”
This show was a blast and I will go see Mac anytime he’s in the area. Mac Lethal events are Indie Hip-Hop at it’s finest and a good time is had by all. Check him out performing “Morimito” and dropping some big announcements about “Texts From Bennett.” – Hensley