Rod Mac aka The Ripper is a reality rap/hip-hop artist originally from Champaign, Illinois but now residing out of Spokane Washington. With relatable lyrics and real life stories “Rod Mac raps like a hip-hop superstar.” Currently performing shows throughout the Pacific Northwest, Rod Mac’s main focus is promoting his latest project “WASTED TALENT”. While constantly working on new material Rod Mac is busy booking shows, performing with other artist and has opened shows for many touring acts such as Devin the Dude, Hed PE, Bushwick Bill, Ghostface Killah, Afroman, J-Kwon, King Gordy, Tash of the Alkohaliks, R.A. The Rugged Man, One Belo, Doomsday Productions,and Andre Nitkatina. Hitting the streets with fliers, posters and business cards, online promoting and self distributing “WASTED TALENT” to local and regional record stores, Rod Mac is becoming a household name in the Northwest hip hop scene.
As a youth Rod Mac learned to record himself on cassette tapes and karaoke machines. Rod Mac has been writing and rapping since middle school where he and friends started several rap groups while sharpening their skills. While participating in several hip-hop/rap battle competitions and performing songs at local night clubs Rod Mac became a member of a local rap group called The Agenda. The Agenda was formed by Akdamoe (formerly known as Prince Akeem of Public Enemy) and several local rappers. While performing shows throughout Illinois, The Agenda was nominated for “Best Hip-Hop Group” at The 1st Annual C-U Local Music Awards 2005. The Agenda was later signed to independent label J.A.B. Records where they recorded an album which was never released due to a business disagreement between J.A.B. Records and The Agenda.
To further his knowledge in the music industry Rod Mac studied audio engineering at The Recording Workshop in Chillicothe, OH. where he earned his certification in Protools. There he learned the operation of consoles, multi-track recorders, digital audio workstations, signal processing devices, microphones and many other tools essential to this profession. In addition Rod Mac gained production experience in tracking sessions, mixing sessions, editing, radio spots and sound for picture projects. After graduating from The Recording Workshop Rod Mac relocated to Spokane, WA. and started his own independent record label (REAL LIFE ARTS ENTERTAINMENT) with two other artists (ZanytheMicSmith and Dime City).
Since it’s creation in 2008 Real Life Arts Entertainment and Rod Mac have been involved in the recording, mixing and mastering of several projects in Spokane, WA. for local artist like Loss Mostarz (The Pandemic-2007), Kagah (Moving Foward-2008*), Unique (Another Day, Another Dollar-2008* & Sigh Of Relief-2009*) Real Life Arts Ent. has released several projects on the label from The Have-Nots (Self-titled-2008*), Dime City (Shero-2008*), Sik Nikolas (Pain vs. Pen-2008*), Loss Monstarz (Thug Jitzu-2008*), Yoshio (El Principio De Mi Entretenimiento-2008), ZanytheMicSmith (The Media Circus-2008), Rod Mac (Wasted Talent-2009*). Rod Mac has been featured on several albums, some of the above mentioned albums and also Akdamoe (Bags To Riches-2006*), 4000 Wattz (The Stick Up-2007*), and Livid Undead (Bonded-2010*). Rod Mac has worked with many regional artist such as Knothead, Skandoe, Certified, Neema, Tragedy 503 and many more. Currently performing shows throughout the Pacific Northwest, Rod Mac’s main focus is promoting his latest project “WASTED TALENT”. Rod Mac is also working on the 2nd Have-Nots Project with ZanytheMicSmith and engineering projects for other label mates and artists.
2. Since Day 1
3. The Ripper Returns
4. Get That Dough Ft Leez-E
6. REAL Ft Dunny
7. Sidewayz (Revised)
8. Coastin Ft Zany The Mic Smith
9. Wasted Talent
10. Itz Only Muzik
11. The Realest Ft Certified
12. The Paign Stains Ft Dime City
13. 2 Nite Ft Barron B
14. Hard Hitters Ft M Dub & Zany The Micsmith
16. Dance With The Devil Ft Dime City
17. Land Of The Theif
Rod Mac – Since Day 1
Rod Mac Ft Leez-E – Get That Dough
Rod Mac Ft Dunny – REAL
Rod Mac Ft Certified – The Realest
Rod Mac Ft Barron B – 2Nite
Rod Mac Ft Dime City – Dance With The Devil