Mac Lethal

Mac Lethal

Mac Lethal performing on The Ellen Show
Background information
Birth name David McCleary Sheldon
Also known as Uncle Mac[1]
Born (1981-07-25) July 25, 1981
Origin Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, producer, songwriter, radio host, author
Instruments Vocals, sampler, keyboards
Years active 2001–present
Labels HHI Recordings, Rhymesayers Entertainment, Black Clover Records
Associated acts Seven, Murs

David McCleary Sheldon (born July 25, 1981), better known by his stage name Mac Lethal,[2] is an American hip hop recording artist, of Irish descent, from Kansas City, Missouri.[3] In addition to being the founder of Black Clover Records,[4] he is a radio host on KRBZ 96.5 the Buzz show, Black Clover Radio.[5]


Mac Lethal released his debut album, Men Are from Mars, Pornstars Are from Earth, on HHI Recordings in 2002.[6] Sage Francis took him on the Fuck Clear Channel Tour in 2004.[7]

In 2006, Mac Lethal founded Black Clover Records with longtime friend Jeremy Willis, who had been running the Datura Label.[4] In 2007, he released the album entitled 11:11 on Rhymesayers Entertainment.[8]

In November 2011, Mac Lethal released a video on YouTube of him rapping over the beat to "Look at Me Now" while he prepares a dish of pancakes in his kitchen. The video became a viral hit and got millions of views in a matter of days and led to interviews on websites like CNN and The Washington Post.[9][10]

Despite his rejuvenated and modernized success brought on through YouTube and social media, Mac Lethal has insisted on remaining independent and not signing with any of the major labels who have approached him. In 2011, he was offered a contract from Sony to which he rejected, referring to the $250,000, 5 album, 2 option and one milestone option deal, as "insane".[11]

Mac Lethal is also responsible for a Tumblr feed called "Texts from Bennett", in which he purports to divulge text message conversations between himself and his cousin Bennett. Although some have questioned whether or not Bennett is a real person, he insists that the conversations are 100% genuine.[12] He released the novel of the same name on Simon & Schuster in 2013.[13]

Mac Lethal and Amber Diamond hosts the television show, Binge Thinking, which premiered on MTV2 on April 1, 2016.[14][15] On September 13, 2016, he released the album, Congratulations, which featured a guest appearance from Tech N9ne.[16]






Guest appearances

Works Cited


  1. Chester, Britt (November 21, 2010). "Mac Lethal at the Marquis". Westword.
  2. Harper, Jason (November 7, 2005). "Lethal Attraction". The Pitch.
  3. Koch, Kyle (November 23, 2010). "Mac Lethal". The Pitch.
  4. 1 2 Rohla, Bill (2009). "The Future of Midwest Hip Hop". High Plains Reader.
  5. Harper, Jason (November 3, 2009). "Mac Lethal calls for local songs to play on Black Clover Radio". The Pitch.
  6. Quinlan, Thomas (August 2002). "Mac Lethal - Men Are From Mars, Pornstars Are From Earth". Exclaim!.
  7. "Fuck Clear Channel Tour". The Wake Student Magazine. March 31, 2004.
  8. McGarvey, Evan (November 19, 2007). "Mac Lethal: 11:11". Pitchfork Media.
  9. "Pancake rapper Mac Lethal on romantic cheesecake, BBQ and the second best cuisine on Earth". CNN. December 5, 2011. Retrieved December 6, 2011.
  10. Crum, Haley (December 2, 2011). "Rapper Mac Lethal on "Texts From Bennett" Tumblr, rapping about pancakes and more.". The Washington Post.
  11. Hakes, Tyler (September 28, 2011) Staying Independent: Mac Lethal Turns Down a Record Deal,
  12. "Texts From Bennett: Mac Lethal Speaks About His Internet Sensations". The Huffington Post. December 2, 2011.
  13. Hagni, Jonna (August 8, 2013). "Coming soon — Texts from Bennett, A Novel". Vox Talk. Vox.
  14. Malinsky, Gili (February 24, 2016). "We're About To See A Whole Lot More Charlamagne And Mac Lethal". MTV. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  15. Gensler, Howard (March 30, 2016). "Philadelphia drunks show how smart they are on MTV2's new 'Binge Thinking'". Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  16. Bradley, Brent (September 7, 2016). "Holy Sh*t You Need To Hear Mac Lethal's "Angel Of Death" with Tech N9ne". DJBooth. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
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