For those who have not heard of you tell us a bit about you and how you got into Hip-Hop?
My Name is Mack Jay a hip-hop Artist Originally from South East London from Sydenham hill Estate (Lewisham Borough ) living in Croydon at the moment from a West African Background (Ghana). I got into Hip-hop at A young age when I was 8 I use to watch yo MTV raps seeing west-coast and east-coast rappers on that show Ice Cube, Nas , Foxy Brown , Naughty by Nature , 2Pac,Biggie and many others. My mum used to play a lot of Hip-hop in the flat especially at house parties. From the ages of 11 to 13 I made a decision on becoming a rapper after watching 2pac ‘I aint mad at cha’ music video and songs by Big Pun, Nas, Biggie and many others. I used to recite their lyrics until I started writing and rapping my own lyrics. In 2004 I starting recording in a studio in Bellingham down the road from Catford I released my first music video in 2010 and released my first Mixtape Called ‘Expressions of opinions’ in 2016.
Tell us a bit about your project Expressions Of Opinions?
‘Expressions of opinions’ is my first mixtape I came up with the idea for the mixtape in 2009. I Wanted a Mixtape that represented me and everyone in London, although I started recording it in 2009 I had breaks in between my recording sessions took and in 2013 I took a break from music. The Mixtape released in 2016 it did really well, it connected well on the streets so I guess everything happens for a reason . Production was from French producer Kryptic , MGM ‚Redskull Beats , Freekvanworkum ‘Expressions of opinions vol1’ is about expressing your self to the fullest in a world where many opinions where people get stereotyped and labelled every day.
Tell us a bit about some of the people you have collaborated with?
I collaborated with upcoming artists like Joe Brat who was a rapper from Sweden, I have also collaborated with Mz true an r&b singer/rapper, Wingz rapper from East London, Mass destruction a Rap duo from East London , R&B Singer from South London D‑van Jones and my crew member ill sins. (The name of my crew is v.o.s look out for us) I have also collaborated with Chantelle lee , Vengence Courtney and last but not least my new collaboration with the legend himself Skinnyman and Kiara Cassandra.
You have performed across London, where was your most memorable gig and why?
My most memorable gig would have to be at the Chip-Shop in Brixton for an event called ‘future hip-hop’ last year.
You have a new track out with Skinnyman and Kiara Cassandra. Tell us a bit about it? How did you guys join forces for it?
Survival Warfare is about Survival in the most realist way. We touch on the slavery in Lybia , Police brutality , the victims of Grenfell , single mothers, young black men and black woman growing up in the hood . I met Skinnyman at a Hip-hop Festival called Breakin’ Convention at Spa fields Park in North London 3 years ago and then collaborated 3 years after the festival. I met Kiara in the studio that I record at she was the engineer’s girlfriend at the time I asked the engineer if I could get her on the song and the rest is history!
We really believe Hip-Hop can inspire and heal. How has Hip-Hop helped you?
Hip-hop is my escape from the harsh reality in the world and constant struggles. Its giving me the reason to express myself and be the voice of those that can’t express themselves the way I do.
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced as an independent artist in the UK Hip Hop scene and how did you overcome it?
To never give up there has been countless number of times when I felt frustrated but the love, drive and passion keeps me doing what I do best especially everything I do with this music comes out my pocket.
What have you got coming up in the near future?
I have a new single/music video coming soon called ‘Pray’and ‘Expressions of opinions vol2’ is in the making as we speak
Where can we find out more about you?
You can find me all over the social media — instagram @mackjayuk my twitter is @mackjay and facebook is Mack Jay. For any direct enquiries you can contact my email address Mackjay1985@gmail.com