Mac Mall

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Immaculate Review

by Jon Azpiri

Mac Mall is one of many rappers who have attempted to incorporate religion into their music. More often than not, mixing faith with hip-hop is a very tricky proposition. Immaculate is Mac Mall's fourth album, and he has yet to find the right balance. Many tracks on the album such as "Mac-nificient" and "Immaculate" feature typical hip-hop braggadocio while other tracks like "Bossin' Up" and "Monster" paint clichéd portraits of street life. At times, however, Mac Mall hits the mark as in "War on Drugs," a searing clever indictment of America's drug policy. Aside from the few obligatory hip-hop clichés, much of Mac Mall's focus is on spirituality, and it doesn't really work. Mac Mall tries to have it both ways: He wants to be spiritual while still coming off as a gangster. He uses phrases like "Mac Jesus" and "God's gift to macking" that would be considered inappropriate by people of all faiths. Religion and spirituality are important topics that deserve serious discussion. Unfortunately, Mac Mall isn't able to provide it.

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