Curren$y & Alchemist Charge Their “Mack Book” with Rhymes & Vintage Clips (Video)
It’s only the second month of the year, and already New Orleans MC Curren$y has released two free collaborative projects. In January, it was The Owners Manual with Cool & Dre, and in February arrived The Carrollton Heist with the Alchemist. Named after a major thoroughfare in Crescent City, Heist is home to “The Mack Book,” a groove whose title is not only a clever nod to the ubiquitous Apple laptop but also to the 1973 blaxpoitation film The Mack. Heads are already familiar with the movie, thanks to its inclusion in samples and references from artists including Big L (“American Dream”), Dr. Dre (“Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat” & other Chronic material), Gang Starr (“Doe in Advance”), Jay Z (“Big Pimpin'”), UGK (“International Players Anthem [I Choose You]”), and many others.
Starring Max Julien and Richard Pryor, the film has also served as inspiration in Spitta’s back catalog, including on 2010’s “Chilled Coughee,” 2011’s “What’s What,” and of course 2012’s “Max Julien.” The film’s influence on Curren$y artistry is further evidenced by the video for “The Mack Book,” a brief yet highly cinematic vignette which places two different eras – 1970s Oakland, California, where the film takes place and modern-day N’Awlins – side-by-side. Thanks to seamless editing and directing from CJ Wallis, The Mack & Spitta Andretti spin parallel tales as they each cruise their stomping grounds. Appearances from children suggest an eternal cycle in which the next generation continues to learn from the former.