- Yes! (West L Style)
Born in Hollywood, California Mel-Mac always felt a kinship with entertainment as a little child. He began exploring his artistic side at the age of seven when he wrote his first song sitting on his front porch. By the age of 10 he developed his love of Hip Hop music after hearing Melle Mel’s “The Message”. For a long time his emcee name was “Lil Melle Mel” as people naturally associated him with Melle Mel due to the first name similarity (Melvin Valentine). As he grew in age and talent he involved himself in music classes learning to play the accordion, trumpet and bass guitar. Anywhere music was involved he wanted to be at so it’s no surprise that his first musical start was at Mt. Zion COGIC Church (Elder Gridiron – Pastor). It was there that he formed his first group J.C.C. (Jesus Christ Crusaders) with his brothers Le’Priest (aka Mr. Chronic) and Robert Sr. (aka BuckStone). The group was such a success in the church circles that the group traveled through out California performing at local churches for youth groups. The group also was televised on a local cable channel talent showcase. Once his skills developed more in his later teen years he formed the duo “Under 21” with his schoolmate Kerstin Brown (aka Stylie Ray) and in later years “PoAzz Niggaz”. His most successful venture was with “The Madd Azz Cru” (members: Mel-Mac, Mr. Chronic, Baraka and Kenny B) where in the mid 90’s they toured the college radio circuit and released the single “Madd Azz Funk” under Blaqsoul Productions / MCA Records. He was also a frequent performer at the world famous “Roxy” in Hollywood, CA. Currently Mel-Mac is working on his first solo self-release “The ReBack EP” which is due to pre-release summer 2010. He has worked and performed with such artists as King Tee, Xzibit, The College Boys, The Dove Shack and many more.