Hailing from Tennessee and Ohio, TMack is a well known producer, having worked with the likes of Young Buck, Daz Dillinger, Kurupt and fellow Memphis, Tennessee spitter Don Trip.
T recently launched his label, Space Age Entertainment, along with his mentor and business partner MJG of the legendary Memphis rap duo 8Ball & MJG. T also launched his clothing line Mack Apparel along with his mixtape Karma in June of 2012. Steadily on his grind TMack is in the process of trying to make his name a household one.
Yo! Raps got the opportunity to kick it with the Tennessee and Ohio native about his mentor, music and goals for himself in this vast industry that we all love called Hip-Hop.
First off, please introduce yourself to the audience and let us know which city you rep.
My government name is Terence Jones. I live and love music. I feel like it is the universal language. I was born and currently live in Memphis, TN. I also spent half of my life in Columbus, Ohio so I gotta rep for the M-Town and the Cap-City.
Did your mentor, southern heavyweight MJG, give you your rap name? What’s the story behind it?
My name was actually given to me by a childhood friend when I was about 13. We used to record ourselves freestyling over instrumentals and at the time we were listening to rappers like Mack 10 and that whole west side Hoo-Bangin’ thing, so that was something I liked at the time and it just stuck.
What inspired you to become a rapper/producer?
Just the joy that came along with venting over tracks, even when I first started it was just an outlet for me to talk about things in my life. I always had fun doing it and felt like it was the best profession for me. As far as producing, I strictly started producing because I couldn't afford to buy beats in the beginning so I spent countless hours learning the craft in order to have music to use.
How would you describe your rapping style and sound?
I would definitely say I have an original but inspired sound. I believe the basis of rap is poetry so it is hard for me to get away from trying to paint a vivid picture with my lyrics. I am a fan of the punchline flow but I really just try to stay on topic and deliver good material based around the hook and subject matter.
Who would you compare your rap style to and why?
I wouldn't compare my sound to anyone just because I can only be me. A lot went into the pot when it comes to me as an artist. I grew up in Ohio so I have that Midwest in me but my roots are in Memphis so you can also hear that southern draw as well.
Aside from 8Ball & MJG, who are some rappers you've idolized?
2Pac, Big L, Biggie, Nas, Big Pun, Jay-Z and UGK are all people I grew up on and studied along with the legends 8Ball & MJG.
How did you link up with MJG to form the record label Space Age Entertainment?
In 2007, I produced his album This Might Be The Day, which was released under 404 Muzik, after that we kept working and finished the All I Do EP from that we realized we had all the tools to do it ourselves. So we decided to go full force with the Space Age movement, which is something that 8Ball & MJG have been about since day one. So I just came aboard with the same Space Age mind frame ready to keep the legacy going.
You most recently dropped your mixtape Karma with outstanding success. What inspired the title?
I wanted to give people some raw music with a message. I felt like a lot of the aspiring artists and just everyday good citizens have been sold a dream as to how the industry relates to the artist as a person. With this title I felt like I could give the people the good and the bad and show them that to every positive there is a negative and vice versa. I tried my best to display that with this project without over embellishing one or the other because there is an even balance. And at the end of the day to all the people who wanted to say what I couldn't do, I hope this is a good taste of Karma... and it's only the beginning!
What are your favorite tracks on Karma?
I am happy with my overall progress on Karma but if I had to pick one I would say Good Things.
How did the concept for the song Not A Superhero come to be?
When I made the beat all I could think about was Halloween and horror movies. I just vibed and came up with the hook right after I made the beat. I just wanted to give the point of view of the villain or bad guy and the rest was history.
I noticed a lot of the songs on Karma were produced by you, but not all. What kept you from producing the entire mixtape?
I guess because I was a rapping first, I actually like writing to other producers work more than my own. Usually if I don't come up with an idea when I first make a beat I probably won't when it comes to my beats. Case and point, I'm always open to production from others.
What projects are you working on next?
I am always working on new material with 8Ball & MJG. They have a lot of good music in the works. I am also working on a compilation CD that is going to showcase a lot of the songs I have done with other artists.
Besides your rapping career, you also have a long list of production credits. Drop some names and let us know who you enjoyed working with the most.
I worked with the Dogg Pound (Daz Dillinger & Kurupt) on a few tracks that was big for me because I am a Hip-Hop fan first. I have this record I produced for Gangsta Boo, which I can't wait for the world to hear. Don Trip was definitely a great artist to work with. Also I have some songs with Young Dolph, another up-coming artist out of Memphis who has a nice buzz right now. I am more of an in house guy but I am definitely down to work with other artists if the price is right.
What's your dream collaboration, dead or alive?
2Pac, hands down.
In the end, let us know where people can find you online.
My website is tmackonline.com. Follow my Twitter @TheRealTMack and like me on Facebook @TMackOnline. Lastly, don't forget to check out my new clothing line Mack Appare" via www.mackapparel.bigcartel.com.