Before I get into this review, let me put out a disclaimer for anyone who asks me to do one in the future: I am one person with an opinion. If I say anything you don’t like, deal. I am not a yes man. I am just a writer. If you want a biased report, don’t come to me. Back to the regularly scheduled program…
Well, here’s to hoping this isn’t M.A.C.’s last go-around.
Before I moved the music reviews and interviews to Barbershop Mentality, I had a 1-on-1 with Southern Pines artist M.A.C. about his project “B.L.A.C.K. Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing.” Although I posted the interview on June 1, 2015, the album didn’t come out until Christmas and it was devoid of the initial single “Open Season.” Either way, during this time, he talked about stepping away from the game if the new project didn’t meet his lofty expectations. Here’s the link to the interview (http://microwave910.tumblr.com/post/120480167037/2-6-outcast-1-on-1-interview-with-mac) but M.A.C. wanted to take more chances in the process with the new one. His reasoning for leaving the game alone was understandable, but for someone who has done a pair of reviews on him before (http://microwave910.tumblr.com/post/69628880215/mixtape-review-mac-memoirs-of-a-black and http://microwave910.tumblr.com/post/93339655192/mixtape-review-mac-730) it was disheartening to hear the news when I actually rock with this guy. Anyway, let me get straight to the point for “B.L.A.C.K. Sheep In Wolf’s Clothing…”
This project definitely felt like a continuation of “Memoirs Of A B.L.A.C.K. Sheep” except while M.A.C.’s 2013 excerpt was more of a one-day reflection with a therapist, this one didn’t have the extensive structure. It felt more like an artist getting his thoughts together while dealing with personal loss, fear of failure and wondering if his hard work and dedication is all for naught.
Throughout the tape, you’ll get those emotions along with a good mix of bravado and reflection put over some slick instrumentals. M.A.C. has always had an ear for nice sounds and this one is no different. As far as the content, of the 17 tracks, there isn’t one I thought was trash and quite a few have replay value, with my favorites being “Tommy Ford”, “Fatty”, “Check My Style (ft. ArtofQuan) and “Do Something.” I thought the longest track on the project, “Niancin” would’ve been too much to keep me enthralled, but the switch-up of something inspired by Common’s classic “I Used To Love H.E.R.” was a great look.
While I’m still partial to “7:30,” “B.L.A.C.K. Sheep In Wolf’s Clothing” is worth the listen. Hopefully, it’s not M.A.C.’s last project, but if it is he went out with a bang. If you’re a fan of strong lyricism and content, this one is for you. Here’s the link: