Kansas City rapper Mac Lethal took the internet by storm last week with a one-two punch of a blistering rendition of "Look at Me Now" and a Tumblr called "Texts from Bennett."
While the authenticity of "Bennett" is a matter of some dispute, the 30-year-old Mac Lethal (a.k.a. David Sheldon) brooks no argument over his skills as an MC or as a home chef. As Lethal spits mad rhymes in an uninterrupted take, he cooks up what looks to be flawless pancakes in his home kitchen, suggesting his comfort serving up both beats that are fresh and beets that are tasty.
As longstanding fans of the intersection of hip-hop and cuisine, we asked Mac Lethal to drop some knowledge about his culinary life.
Eatocracy: Have you, per seminal Sugarhill Gang song 'Rapper's Delight,' ever went over a friend's house to eat and the food just ain’t no good? By which we mean the macaroni's soggy, the peas are mushed and the chicken tastes like wood.
Mac Lethal: Yes I have. It's a shame when people invite you over for subpar food. Cooking for someone is an extremely sacred thing. They are putting your creation into their mouths. How dare you be inexperienced or incompetent in the kitchen when they do that. That type of stuff can ruin friendships and should ruin marriages. Learn to cook!
Eatocracy: Do real G's, in fact, move in silence like lasagna as Lil Wayne purports?
Mac Lethal: No they don't. The 'g' in lasagna actually connects to the 'n' forming a "nyuh" sound. Like when you say the word "gnocchi," it sounds like "nyo-kee." So the g is actually causing a sound when it's used in lasagna.
Eatocracy: If you were giving a young gentleman advice on how to woo a lady friend with food, what would you suggest he serve her?
Mac Lethal: I think the key to wooing a lady friend with food, is doing it by surprise, and making it orgasmic. Women like food that has very strong, profound flavors. Don't cook steak, or burgers, or simple pasta or something. Make some incredible migas. Or an outstanding cheesecake. Make something that tastes like romance. And do it when she least expects it.
Eatocracy: What sets your pancakes apart?
Mac Lethal: One of my two secret ingredients is a table spoon of Nesquik chocolate milk. The other ingredient is what makes them so incredible, and I cannot disclose it.
Eatocracy: What other cold weather foods would you suggest (other than pancakes)?
Mac Lethal: Adult macaroni and cheese, beer battered fish and chips, cochinita pibil, and always a big dish of yummy enchiladas.
Eatocracy: Elvis had his signature banana and peanut butter sandwich. What is yours?
Mac Lethal: I do a peanut butter, banana, swiss-cheese wrap, with an obligatory glass of orange juice. Basically you take a fresh banana, slather it in crunchy peanut butter, wrap a big piece of Swiss cheese around it and squeeze down so it sticks. Then take a big bite, and while the food is still chewing, take a gulp of orange juice. If this doesn't taste amazing, you can write me a hate email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Try it.
Eatocracy: Which would you rather eat up and spit out, other MCs or Spam?
Mac Lethal: Spam can be made into interesting things. Hawaii is big on making delicacies out of spam. So MCs.
Eatocracy: Is there a food word you cannot, try as you might, fit into a rhyme?
Mac Lethal: No.
Eatocracy: We’re slightly obsessed with the cooking term “spatchcock” and our editor says it on live TV as frequently as she possibly can. Would you be so kind as to flow with the word “spatchcock?”
Mac Lethal: Spatchcock, matchbox, latch locks, hatched hawk, axe chop, snack stop, trash talk, catch, Doc!
Eatocracy: Why is BBQ so incredibly magical, and would you please expound upon why the Kansas City rendition thereof reigns supreme?
Mac Lethal: Kansas City BBQ is a lot of the time molasses based. Also, living here causes people to experience certain extreme weather patterns. Those weather patterns create the type of emotional fortitude needed to spend years upon years perfecting a BBQ recipe.
Regional food is largely based on weather. Because weather creates moods, moods create emotions, and emotions dictate the type of foods you desire. Therefore, Kansas City BBQ comes from four extreme weather seasons that take us into four different directions.
Eatocracy: And any other food matters you’d care to wax smart about? We’re listening.
Mac Lethal: Yeah, for anyone unaware, if you live in America and are not proud of the cuisine we have here– you are delusional. We have the absolute BEST food in the world, and are often imitated by people everywhere else. It's one of the only things America can brag about being better than everyone else at.
However, a fascinating psychological nugget some of you may find interesting: the second best food in the entire world is found in South Africa. They have a lot of lamb and ostrich based dishes there. Mmm mmm mmm. Love me some South African cuisine!
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Previously - Five Gastro-Rap Anthems: Justin Warner, A love affair with South African food and Fame Bites: Far East Movement
Mac Lethal is good, but Lil' Wyte's music could break his face.
disgusting wigger? really are you like 5? what a dork!
Rap is Crap
Now Can't You See
Gangsta Rappers Are
The Garbage of Society
rappers = losers
mac lethal is hardly a gangster rapper.
"the 30-year-old Mac Lethal (a.k.a. David Sheldon)" is a poser. Everyone else is authentic.
2pac studied voice and ballet at the Baltimore School for the Arts.....next
From the clips I saw of him, he has talent. Lets see him put out an album first though.
If the greatest guitarist in the world is black, why can't a white guy be a rapper? You narrow minded people.
I believe he already has a few albums out...he owns a record label.
He won scribble jam in '03 i think. he has talent. meanwhile, he sucks as a person. and this article was terrible boring and pointless.
he has albums that have been out for quite a few years now, mac lethal is no newcomer for sure.
Keep up the good work Mac Sheldon. Brookridge Elementary represent.
Aryan- Not saying I like Mac Lethal... but think of all the great white rappers and hip-hop artists out there- Vinnie Paz, the Beastie Boys, MC Shadow, DJ Shadow, House of Pain, Hilltop Hoods, Brother Ali... Need I go on? Race in hip-hop and rap should not become an issue, and when it does, it is not hip-hop or rap.
Start hating on artists who can't get real and use autotune, then you'll deserve my respect, Aryan.
Ener-g – are you retarded? Half the rappers you listed aren't even white.
To which rappers are you referring? Looked 'em all up and they're all white, bra'.
bra? haha. ok for one brother ali is an albino african american. maybe you used google images and got confused? vinnie paz is italian. Dj shadow is not a rapper. he's a dj who makes beats. house of pain is from like 1996, practically making them entirely irrelevant, plus they had like one song, and then you named the beastie boys? no, i am not buying that crappy argument. ha.
this isn't so say i don't enjoy white dudes in hip hop, cuz i do. but you make no sense.
Italian isn't white? Bwhahaha
bwahahaha – nope.
I'm a brown eyed burnette irishman, guess I'm not white either than.
You're right about me & Brother Ali – battle won. The rest? You're just throwing up new sh!t to try to win the war. Fail.
Your original statement to Ener-G was, "Half the rappers you listed aren't even white" makes you wrong and really bad at math. Of the ones listed, one was black. That makes you the 'tard and Ener-G & me the stars. Keep on trollin'
it makes me sarcastic and bored at work. fail, troll, pwned, those are all words you use because you're stuck in mommy's basement.
Brother Ali is white.. he's Caucasian and albino. He is not a black albino. You people are f-ing stupid. There are hundreds of legit white rappers. Some of the best rappers in the game today are white. If you don't know that, you're too stupid to talk to.
cage, rob sonic, buck 65, aesop rock...
Mac Lethal is the man! I really enjoy his music. I didn't realize he knew so much about food.
haha theres a Nerve Scheme sticker behind him. AWESOME!
Peanut butter banana in a tortilla, yes. In Swiss cheese...I dunno. I'll try it and will send hat mail if it sucks.
"Mac Lethal" ? Really?
Sheldon, it's time to grow up. Find a girl and get a shave. Or else one day you'll wander into the wrong neighborhood and get badly hurt.
You can't play "South Bronx" if you were born in Westchester.
wr- Are you saying this because you don't like fitting into the mold of the "average american"?
wr needs to get laid.
cuz he raps right? and because if you rap and are white you are automatically trying to be black? right? do i have your profound reasoning correct?
*insert blind hate here*
this is therapy for gangsters, thank you Mac...
Great article and totally understand how one would pick South African cuisine if it is at all like the food at Madiba on DeKalb Ave. in Ft. Greene, Brooklyn. Rich comfort food so great for this time of year especially!
Great read, about to go look up my nearest South African eatery.
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