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Mack Scott Pimps an EP Full of Southern Influences

October 11, 2013
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“Heavily influenced by classic southern-pimp rap such as UGK, Outkast, and 8-Ball & MJG” is how Baltimore rapper Mack Scott describes the sound of his new EP, Still Mackin’. And while paying tribute to that particular era of hip-hop is an honored tradition in the deep south, it actually places him in a unique niche in Baltimore, where MCs tend to remember the ‘90s only for New York rap, and only look to the south to mimic current mainstream trends.

Mack Scott’s full-length debut album, Rhythm & Bitches, is due out in 2014, but Still Mackin’ is a substantial 8-song introduction to his aesthetic. The production, primarily by KidGhost, creeps along with crisp drums and gleaming R&B samples, and Mack Scott talks his shit in a matter-of-fact deadpan. He doesn’t force a southern twang, and he doesn’t imitate the voice of a legend like Pimp C, unlike some young rappers mining this particular aesthetic (cough cough, Big K.R.I.T.), and he seems more interested in coming up with his own punchlines than repeating the usual pimp rap clichés. Plus, he’s probably the only rapper in Baltimore with a Screwed & Chopped version of his record.