How many rappers really live what they rant?
Atlanta’s OG Maco told me he is the embodiment of his rap and lives it everyday with his OGG crew. I met the 20-year-old at Manhattan club Westway before his debut show a few weeks ago. Bursting onto tracks like a wild man, Maco says he started rapping by just “flowing over beats with my people.” Maybe this freedom contributes to his one of a kind “up and down” minimalist flow in his music, which I can’t seem to pinpoint to any other artist. His unique, viral single “U Guessed It” is up to 6.5 million views.
OG Maco made it very clear to BULLETT that his posse is his motivation. Maco spoke highly of his brothers. He says he’s also got a thing for “drill” music (the latest style of music blooming from Chicago’s youth corners). If Maco had his way, he’d say he adopted “drill” music and revamped it to his on style back home in College Park, Atlanta. This I agree with: Maco does deliver an unforgettable and unique swag in his music. Maco moves the crowd due to his hyped up delivery and unanticipated flow.
Around this time last year, Maco said to himself, “I can see me and my crew being famous.” It was his first time in New York and though he had yet to hit the scene, and he was already planning his takeover. The energy Maco brings matches this kind of vibe the youth, most visibly Bobby Shmurda, is bringing to the city this year.
The next night, BULLETT caught back up with Maco at Webster Hall, where he performed with Danny Brown and Just Blaze. Photos from that sweaty evening are below.
Photos by Elliott Brown Jr.