West Coast gangster rap icon and Hoo-Banginâ€™ Entertainment label owner Mack 10 is preparing to set the summer ablaze with the release of his ninth CD, Soft White (Hoo-Bangin’/Fontana/Universal) on August 25, 2009. The first single â€œSo Sharpâ€ features two of hip-hopâ€™s biggest names, Lilâ€™ Wayne and Rick Ross. In addition to the heavyweight single, Mack Dimeâ€™s entire album boasts an all-star list of cameos, including Anthony Hamilton, J. Holiday, Akon, Birdman, Jim Jones, Jazze Pha, Red Cafe and Glasses Malone among others.
Mack 10 has had an amazing career as a member of Westside Connection with Ice Cube and WC, as a solo artist and as a label owner. He has sold nearly 3 million albums, his first three reaching gold and Bow Down (with Westside Connection) scoring platinum.
Powered by the hits â€œFoe Lifeâ€ and â€œOn Them Thangs,â€ the Inglewood native staked his claim in the rap game with his self-titled debut in 1995, which charted No. 2 on Billboardâ€™s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. In 1996, Mack 10 joined Ice Cube and WC as Westside Connection to release the hip-hop classic Bow Down, one of the most respected and critically acclaimed albums of the 1990â€™s.
Mack 10â€™s second solo album, Based on a True Story (1997), featured the Top 40 hit, â€œBackyard Boogie.â€ The next year Mack 10 continued his reign of hits with â€œMoneyâ€™s Just a Touch Away,â€ featuring Gerald LeVert, from The Recipe, then delivered The Paper Route in 2000, but it was 2003 when Mack 10 double-teamed fans with a solo album on Cash Money Records, Ghetto, Gutter & Gangster, with the hit â€œLights Outâ€ and a Westside Connection reunion, Terrorist Threats (Capitol), which went gold powered by the single â€œGangsta Nation.â€
Now with Soft White, Mack 10 is ready to release his latest masterpiece. â€œI went with that title because this album right here is just raw and uncut, itâ€™s just meâ€ he says, â€œWe had fun on this one and I had to bring them all out, Iâ€™ve been smiling all year.â€