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Mac Rapper
McKinley Phipps Jr.
The Camouflage Assassin
Lil Mac
Born (1977-07-30) July 30, 1977 (age 40)
Origin New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Genres Hip hop
Instruments Vocals, sampler
Labels No Limit, Priority
Master P, Nas, Snoop Dogg, 504 Boyz, Silkk the Shocker, Soulja Slim, B.G. (rapper) , Mystikal, Mia X, C-Murder

McKinley Phipps Jr. (born July 30, 1977),[1] better known as Mac, is an American rapper and songwriter from New Orleans' 3rd Ward, and would grow to be one of the most critically acclaimed on Master P's No Limit Records, both as a solo rapper and as a member of the super group 504 Boyz. He also collaborated with rapper B.G. on the album Chopper City released in 1996.

In 2001, Mac was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 30 years in prison.


Mac was born McKinley Phipps, Jr. to Sheila Phipps and McKinley Phipps, Sr. in New Orleans, Louisiana, the oldest of their six children.[2] He began his music career in 1990, and by the time he was 13 years old, under the name "Lil Mac", he released his debut album, The Lyrical Midget. The album was one of the earliest commercial hip-hop albums to come out of New Orleans, and featured production from New Orleans producer Mannie Fresh.

Late 1990s: No Limit Records, Shell Shocked, and World War III

Lil Mac would later join the Psychoward, a New Orleans group consisting of more than 28 MCs. Psychoward is known in New Orleans for having a sound that separates itself from the usual Bounce music and gangster/hustler lyrics that typifies most of the New Orleans rap scene, rather focusing on lyricism and a sound which could be described as a "New Orleans Wu-Tang Clan". This made them favorites of local hip hop fans who often prefer this style to other local acts. In 1997 the group released their debut album, to acclaim, with many naming Lil Mac as the standout artist.

After rejecting an offer to move to New York and sign with Def Jam Records, Lil Mac changed his name to simply Mac and signed with Master P's No Limit Records.[3] He toured with No Limit throughout the U.S. and Europe, and made guest appearances on many other artists' albums before releasing his own. He was featured on Master P's Ghetto D, Mystikal's Unpredictable, and Mia X's Unlady Like, among others. The next year in 1998, Mac released his second solo album and first with No Limit, Shell Shocked. The album is Mac's most commercially successful to date, reaching #11 on the Billboard 200.[4] Mac again was featured on many other No Limit artist's releases that year. In 1999, he released his second album on the label, World War III. While it was still on the label, this release differed from usual No Limit releases in that it was not exclusively produced by the production team Beats by the Pound, and featured only three guest appearances from major No Limit names Master P, C-Murder, and Silkk the Shocker.[5] The album did not fare as well commercially as his first No Limit release, peaking at #44 on the Billboard 200. Mac's musical style differed from many other Southern hip hop artists in this period, and he often displayed a level of lyrical complexity that has come to be associated with East Coast hip hop.[6]

504 Boyz and Later Releases

World War III would be Mac's last album released on No Limit and his last solo album to date, as he would be sentenced to a 30-year prison term for manslaughter after 19 year old Barron C. Victor, Jr. died from a gunshot wound in a Louisiana nightclub in 2001. In 2000, he joined the group 504 Boyz, whose name was a reference to the area code 504. The group was a collective of other No Limit rappers such as Master P, Silkk the Shocker, and C-Murder. Mac was with the group for one album, 2000's Goodfellas, which went gold and reached #2 on the Billboard 200. He was featured prominently on the group's hit single "Wobble Wobble", rapping the first verse and the chorus. The song reached #17 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 2007, while Mac was still serving his prison term, No Limit released the album The Lost Tapes, which consisted of unreleased material Mac recorded with the label.

On May 31, 2012, DJ 5150 released the mixtape "Uptown Veterans" which is compilation of Mac's greatest hits.

Personal life

Phipp's son, McKinley Green, was born in 2002. He is currently engaged to a woman named Angelique Christina.[7]

Legal issues

On February 21, 2000, Phipps was scheduled to perform at Slidell, Louisiana nightclub Club Mercedes, but a fight broke out before the show that resulted in Phipps allegedly shooting 19-year-old Barron C Victor, Jr. after Victor attempted to break up the fight. Phipps was arrested and charged with second-degree murder,[8] and was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to thirty years to life in prison on September 21, 2001.[9] He is currently serving his sentence at the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in Louisiana.

In December 2014, Northwestern University's Medill Justice Project, in partnership with The Lens, published the results of a three-month investigation of Phipps' conviction, revealing that a key eyewitness at his trial gave his private investigator an affidavit in 2013 that stated she was coerced into identifying Phipps as the shooter because of investigators' threats to charge her.[10] Following Medill's investigation, David Lohr of The Huffington Post published the results of a four-month review of Phipps' conviction,[11] further revealing that four other witnesses to the shooting told the publication that they also were threatened, intimidated or outright ignored by investigators. Phipps' family has since obtained affidavits from many of the individuals in an effort to get him a new trial.[12]

On March 25, 2015, rapper Killer Mike told students at Dillard University in New Orleans that it was unacceptable for authorities to use rap lyrics in the prosecution of Phipps: "If we let this stand, what you're going to see is that tool is going to be used to wipe out an entire potential generation of [artists] out of our community."[13]


Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
The Lyrical Midget -- --
Shell Shocked
  • Released: July 21, 1998
  • Label: No Limit Records/ Priority Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, CS, digital download
11 4
World War III
  • Released: April 6, 1999
  • Label: No Limit
  • Formats: CD, LP, CS, digital download
24 6

Collaborative albums

Compilation albums

  • Lost Tapes (2007)


  • Uptown Veterans (2012)


As lead artist

Year Song Album
1990 "I Need Wheels" The Lyrical Midget
1996 "Mad or Jealous" (featuring Storm) Non-Album Single
1998 "Boss Chick" (featuring Mia X) Shell Shocked
1999 "War Party" (featuring Magic & D.I.G.) World War III
1999 "If It's Cool" (featuring Ms. Peaches) World War III


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