Mac Lethal ready to kill at Rock Island

Mac Lethal ready to kill at Rock Island

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Who: Mac Lethal with Antimosity, Manish Law, DJ G-Note and Crim Dela
What: Hip-hop
Where: Rock Island Live, 101 N. Rock Island
When: Saturday, March 14, 9 p.m.

Ages: 21+
How much: $12 in advance, $15 at the door

Though it has been a few years since Mac Lethal performed Wichita, there is no love lost for this performer known for his pancake flipping skills as much as his rhyme flipping skills. (In 2011, he released a video on YouTube of himself rapping over the beat of Chris Brown's "Look at Me Now" while he prepares pancakes in his kitchen. This went viral and garnered him interviews on CNN and in The Washington Post.)

Hailing from Kansas City, Missouri, Mac Lethal caught the eye of Sage Francis shortly after his debut release, Men Are from Mars, Pornstars Are from Earth, in 2002. After touring with Francis, Lethal co-founded (with Jeremy Willis) Black Clover Records in 2006 and released his follow up 11:11 in 2007.

Mac Lethal's most recent release, the 2011 album Irish Goodbye, is a reference to his Irish roots and what some call the ability to say goodbye without saying a word. This led many listeners to wonder if this was the artist's final release. Irish Goodbye is widely recognized as the album that gelled for Mac Lethal, representing a finding of his true self.

Recently a published writer, Lethal has been exploring the funnier side of life sharing text conversations with his cousin Bennett in a book called, Texts From Bennett: A Novel. Many critics question Bennett's authenticity, but it makes for a fun read. It started as musings posted on Mac Lethal's Tumblr page.

Supporting acts at the show include Antimosity, Manish Law, DJ G-Note and Crim Dela. Local humorist Polar, of The Big Boys, will be hosting the night.

Performing at Rock Island Live, this will be an intimate venue to enjoy an artist still on the rise and having a good time doing it.