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That's My Word: Bay Area Rappers Write Their Life Stories Co-Presented by Litquake

Date and Time
Thursday, October 19, 2023 7:00 PM (PT)

Join legendary Bay Area rappers Black C and Mac Mall as they discuss gripping stories from their recently published memoirs with KQED Arts & Culture senior editor Gabe Meline.

In vivid, unflinching detail, Black C’s A Part of Survival and Mac Mall’s My Opinion shed light on the Bay Area’s street life, drug trade and pimp culture of the 1980s and 1990s—and how the resourceful artists turned their setbacks into widespread success during hip-hop’s Golden Age.


Mac Mall was born in Vallejo, California. Inspired at a young age by rap artists such as The Mac and Mac Dre, Mall released the wildly successful album Illegal Business? at the age of 16. His second video, “Ghetto Theme,” was even directed by the late Tupac Shakur. With over 20 years in the music business, Mall has toured all over the world, released 10 solo albums and two movies, and worked on hundreds of other projects. His memoir is My Opinion (Shellaires Storys).
Black C from San Francisco rap outfit RBL Posse has been surviving in myriad ways for nearly five decades. His musical resume includes hard rhymes, G-funk production and a keen business sense adapted from the Hunters Point streets that raised him. Black C’s work within RBL Posse, as a solo artist, and in collaborations with rap royalty like Master P and E-40 cements him as an icon. His memoir is A Part of Survival: From the Block to the Booth (The RightWay Productions).

This event is presented as a part of the KQED Series That’s My Word and in partnership with Litquake.