Review: Mack The Jack’a – The Skanless Presents…Mack The Jack’a

His first album came out on cassette U BE U in 1993 which was released in the Saginaw area and sold 5,000 copies locally! This is one of the realist albums to ever drop outta Saginaw in 1993 next to Hank’s debut album. Dope G-Funk lyrics and beats filled with horrorcore violence on top of that classic smooth gangsta rap. Mr. Pratt of Killa Productions and Gee Pierce of U BE U Studios were responsible for the production of this album. The finest rap from Saginaw, Michigan!

Mack The Jack’a – The Skanless Presents…Mack The Jack’a was released in early 1993 on cassette only and sold 5,000 copies locally in the Saginaw area. Soon the cassette sold out in the Saginaw Valley area very quickly within months time.

Stevie Mack is Mack The Jack’a on the Intro: Stevie Mack off the Jackin’ Side of the cassette. At first we hear children playing outside on a sunny day. Children play during daytime. The sun is shining and birds are chirping.

They are chanting,

Stevie Mack Mack Mack
dressed in all black black black
he has a semi-automatic matic matic
down his back

A man tells them to get their asses inside the house before Stevie Mack comes out before night. As far as the man is concerned that nigga Stevie Mack is dead. Now we hear footsteps approaching the door. The door creaks open only to hear a murderous bloodshed has occurred by multiple gunshots. To where? Who knows?

The intro is very short, playalistic, and killa! Mack The Jack’a showcases what is to be foreshadowing a wild ride throughout the entire album. This is one hell of an intro and is pure fucking fire! Mack The Jack’a ain’t the one to fuck with after all.

Mack The Jack’a is a self-explanatory track about who Mack The Jack’a is and about what events were going on in his life at time he recorded this album of his. Such as how he was doing financially, him having a child so his pockets start hurting from a financial standpoint, living a life of crime, selling crack cocaine, dealing with the turmoil economy of Michigan, and how Saginaw as a city got bad with its share of problems.

Mack The Jack’a is a repetitive track to most professional music critics but fuck them! This track is the shit! Mack The Jack’a repping U BE U to the fullest on this one. The G-funk synths gives you that eerie vibe that Esham displayed at one point. The notes shift from a B-Flat major to A minor swiftly in a perfect manner. The musical notes use the AB method by going from B-Flat major to B-Flat minor to and then to A minor.

Mack The Jack’a – Mack The Jack’a samples Barry White – Never Gonna Give You Up which is what your hear sampled in the background. The piano samples musical notes from the Barry White song. Gee Pierce and Don Q produced Mack The Jack’a with Mack The Jack’a being the co-producer. The track has a 70s soul sound backing 90s gangsta rap.

Mack The Jack’a lets everyone know that you could never live this life of crime that Mack The Jack’a is rapping about. You ain’t never lived this life. How can you understand this? Stevie Mack is Mack The Jack’a!

It’s 1993 and times are hard in the city of Saginaw. Saginaw as a city got bad overtime with its share of problems. Of course Saginaw as a city has its share of problems as many cities do and still do. Mack The Jack’a doesn’t give a fuck about his bad luck. It runs through his family. He gets his bad luck from his father.

His mother threw him out of her home. She is trying to save her happy home. He’s going through changes in his mind. That never stops. Mack Tha Mack The Jack’a was selling stones at the time on the East Side of Saginaw and the Sunny Side (South Side). Another person’s territory doesn’t mean shit. He’s higher than a kite smoking on monkey paw. Mack The Jack’a was raised on the streets. Mack The Jack’a caught you slippin’ on that pay phone. Your murder is just a mystery.

He knows that he’s a threat. When Mack The Jack’a is on a certain side of town, people jet. That nigga strikes a nerve. Now Mack The Jack’a is pumping bricks and dimes to annihilate away his competition in the illicit drug trade. He has a connection to a drug dealer on Greg Street.

Mack is trying to cope with everyday responsibilities. He has a child that is a baby. The baby is no problem but his pockets started hurting from a financial standpoint. Here is where track transitions to the repetitive “Mack The Jack’a Mack The Jack’a Mack The Jack’a” chorus. The rest is about “being about that life” knowing that haters never could live this lifestyle of crime that Mack The Jack’a is rapping about.

Don Q and Gee Pierce both produced the track Doin’ Dirt. Gee Pierce plays keynotes from his keyboard and produces at the same time. Doin’ Dirt is about how Mack The Jack’a does his dirt, commits crimes, criminal mischief, and his criminal lifestyle he lives by.

Mack The Jack’a does his dirt and commits crimes which abides by the criminal lifestyle he lives by. He raps about how he sells cocaine and various drugs around the city of Saginaw, Michigan. He did his dirt in his day like a dirty dog. Mack doesn’t give a fuck if he has to lay the law down (lay down the law in his case). He does his dirt during the daytime and nighttime. To sum it all up, Doin’ Dirt is about commiting crimes.

Feelin 4 A Killin’ is one of those killing track that makes you want to kill someone. A person perhaps you had a grudge against in the past or for whatever fucking reason. This is that music you play before you kill somebody. [A killing song.] It’s kill a cop music in a skanless way. Feelin 4 A Killin’ is much more darker than Cop Killer by Body Count. This that Skanless sick ass shit no one can fuck with!

Mack The Jacka has a feeling for killing so don’t press your luck. The bullets he shoots you could never duck. He has a 9 millimeter on his belt. Mack The Jack is going to be creeping thru your bedroom. Better say your prayer because he is going to kill you. You’ll meet The Jack’a but you’ll never get to speak a word. You’ll look into his eyes and realize it’s Stevie Herd. (Stephen Herd is the legal name of Mack The Jacka.) While you are bleeding he will leave out the front door with your dough.

The killing starts again. Mack The Jack’a is on a killing spree. He’s not worried about the police. If the Burt Street Boys can kill them, Mack The Jack’a can kill them too. Burt Street Boys are a local gang originating from Saginaw’s Eastside neighborhood where Mack The Jack’a is from.

Now Mack The Jack’a is at his house down in the basement staring at the ceiling. His body is numb and his finger is twitching. He has that killing feeling. Mr. Pratt sniffed much cocaine. Mack The Jack’a stays strapped with a black get while roaming the streets of Saginaw. He kills for getting paid. He has a feeling for a killing.

Saginaw Police are at his door telling him to open up. Mack The Jack’a gets into a standoff with police at this point in the track. However the standoff only lasts minutes. He’ll buck them down with his 9 millimeter in pairs. He will be laughing when he is done.

Mack The Jack’a goes to his shrink doctor in the middle of the track. He asks his shrink about his problems and the shrink tells Mack The Jack’a “I’m scared of you!!” So now Mack is smoking on that monkey paw. A news flash across the TV channel broadcasts about a crime wave (or in this case a murder spree). 60 homicides committed in Saginaw. The killings are a trend.

Cross Thoughts is the first track on the Mackin Side of the cassette. This is where things start to pick up again. The dark grand piano notes at the beginning tell us otherwise. The horrorcore element is very much prevalent in this track here. Cross Thoughts is very horrorcore.

If you dig deep inside the mind which contains a box of cross thoughts. It’s all about the thoughts of a deranged killa. A boss takes a loss. Mack The Jack’a puts in work on the emphasis a ⅓rd of the way through the Cross Thoughts track.

Cross Thoughts talks about how Mack The Jack’a grew up in a cycle of poverty and how he overcame poverty. Mack The Jack’a needs SSI but is ineligible to qualify for SSI, so he turned to the illegal drug trade as an inevitable result. Mack The Jack’a makes references to voodooism. The horrorcore element is here is voodooism. Mack The Jack’a hit hard on this track!

Steady Stackin’ is a track that calms the whole mood down for the Mackin Side of the cassette. The Fleetwood Mac sample is prefect calming down an albums mood for the entire album. Steady Stackin’ untwists the violence down. Ironically the track is about steady stacking income while leading a life of crime. This is one playalistic track!

Mack The Jack’a is peeping out a lick in the neighborhood while selling drugs. Mack is warning us it’s about to be a fucking bloodbath. A .38 is in his possession but he needs a bigger gat. Mack calls Mr. Pratt on the telephone. Mr. Pratt answers the telephone. At this point in the track is what appears to be a drug transaction taking place.

Here is what is said in the telephone conversation.
Mr. Pratt: What up?
Mack The Jacka: I need one, P.
Mr. Pratt: Yo Mack, I’ll meet you up at Jones on Genesee.

Mack The Jacka drives up to Genesee Avenue to meet Mr. Pratt at the intersection of Cherry Street & Genesee Avenue as planned. So they meet up at Jones on Genesee.

Mack The Jacka jacked a nigga around the block for 2 grams worth of 2 kilos of cocaine. He shot that nigga’s parters at their crib where they kept the packs of crack cocaine. Now Mack The Jack’a is the only nigga in his hood pumpin’ crack. Now these niggaz talking shit but it ain’t shit (at least to Mack The Jack’a of course). If they approach The Jacka, they get pistol-whipped. According to Mack The Jack’a, if you are throwing up that piece (piece sign), your ass is weak. Your ass is considered weak to Mack The Jack’a.

Mack has peeped you out rolling in your truck. When you see him of course that means bad luck. Mack The Jack’a is Mr. Bad Luck. The chase is on for Mr. Pratt and Mack The Jack’a. He needs the loot (cash). Mack The Jack’a is a true living factor of the streets, jack. If you’re ready for a war, Mack The Jack’a has come prepared. This is what he warns crackheads including the ones he’s fucked over and fucked up. There was so much dirt that niggaz got hurt. These niggaz got hurt because they weren’t true to the game. Mack The Jack’a is the type of nigga to rob your ass, take your shit, and sell it back to you.

It takes heart to be a part of the world Mack The Jack’a lives in. It takes a heart to be a killa, G. It’s all about money mackin’, big pimpin’, and pistol packin’! Always be about getting your own money. He has plans on making it rich in the drug game. He is selling half of the stacks of his candlesticks from his box.

Mack The Jack’a gives shout outs to the Skanless Family. [Particularly Damon The Demon Seed and Bone Skanless (R.I.P.).] Mack The Jack’a explains at the end of Steady Stackin’ about how he found Bone Skanless. Mack The Jack’a went through the roughest and foulest ghettoes to find this nigga, That Nigga Bone. (Bone Skanless that is.) And that all 3 of them together comprised membership of the Skanless Family.

The last track is Outro – Skanless Family with Damon The Demon Seed, Bone Skanless (R.I.P.), and Mr. Pratt. This is one hell of an outro! Mack The Jack’a is taking these niggaz out on this outro! Quite Funkafied if I might say so. Mack The Jack’a is a part of the Skanless Family along with Bone Skanless and Damon The Demon Seed. Not to mention Mr. Pratt among several others. One thing is for sure is that the Skanless Family knew how to be Skanless on a level that nobody knew how to fuck with! This is that Skanless sick ass shit no one can fuck with! It’s Skanless Family 4 Life!

In order, Mack The Jacka goes first, Damion The Demon Seed goes second, Bone Skanless goes third, and Mr. Pratt is last. Mr. Pratt was part of the Skanless Family in the 1990s. Mack The Jacka is heard first at the beginning and at the very end to say the least.

I’m not sure what the difference between Skanless Family and Skanbino Mob. I’m not sure if it’s all one family or not. With that said, Mack The Jack’a, Bone Skanless, and Damon The Demon Seed were ahead of their time. The Jack’a is the fucking man! Bone Skanless, Mack Tha Jacka, and Dirty Jerk should have blown up on a national scale across the United States and Canada. They just didn’t have the money to push their projects right. If they had, that would have been a different story. Skanless Family was the Wu-Tang Clan of Saginaw.

I rate this album 5/5*****!!

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