Slidin’ Thru: Mak Sauce

September 9, 2019

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Mak Sauce is Mr. Yaas! His energy is unmatched and his unique personality is appreciated. The 18-year-old rapper hails from Atlanta, but claims he’s from Saturn — which gives you an idea of the vibe you’re about to receive. It was the moment he heard his voice on the mic that he committed himself to the rap game whole-heartedly. Read more…

Most recently, Mak unleashed his single “Do It’ with DaBaby, filming a cinematic visual over in Denver with the North Carolina rapper who was on tour. Apparently, DaBaby heard the record and immediately wanted to hop on the track. And if you’ve peeped the video, you’d see how much fun they really had.

Why should people fuck w/ you?
They should fuck with me however they wanna fuck with me, I guess. My music’s really ass, I’m just kind of handsome a little bit. That’s why they should fuck with my music.

How would you describe your sound?
Unique, that’s how I describe it. Fun. Crazy. I can’t even put it in one thing, I be on so much different shit. I can’t really explain it.

Why do they call you SATURN BOY?
Because I’m from Saturn, they just put the Boy at the end. That’s where I was born, there ain’t no separate reason.

You’re from Atlanta, how does that play into your life and career?
I ain’t from Atlanta! I’m from Saturn. I live in Atlanta though, it’s cool. It ain’t super lit, but it’s aight. It’s straight. It’s better to live than LA. LA has too much going on for me. I can’t live in LA. This shit is strictly for visiting, I can’t live here. Too much going on. I like being calm. I don’t like to be in all that shit, I just like working.

I feel like as you get bigger, you’re gonna have to do all this shit.
Everytime I come here, it be good. But I don’t like to stay in this motherfucker. Not no 6 to 7-day trips, hell nah. I gotta go. Too much, it ain’t enough, I can’t even explain it. I just like Atlanta better. I know how to move in Atlanta. I don’t know how to move in LA like that. I don’t know if I’ma go here and get beat up. I like to know what the fuck I’m getting into when I’m moving around.

How important is it to come to LA as an up and coming artist?
Definitely important. You gotta come here. No ifs ands and buts about it, you gotta. Everybody gotta come here. It’s part of the goddamn music game. If you don’t… I don’t know about none of this shit, I’m 18 years old. I’m just living my life.

How long have you been doing music?
A year and a half.

What was the inspiration behind your name?
Mcdonald’s. Mak Sauce on a Big Mac, I just put a K.

Do you eat Big Macs?
I don’t eat the meat. I like the Sausage, Egg & Cheese McGriddles. That motherfucker is bussin’.

That’s what you’re eating back in ATL?
That’s where I eat everywhere. I just had a Sausage, Egg & Cheese McGriddles in the studio at 4am. On God, I swear on everything I love.

That’s not too healthy. You’re 18 so it’s okay.
Fuck that shit, you do what you wanna do.

You just dropped the video for “Good Morning.”
Yes ma’am, that shit ass. I don’t like my own music. If I said I did, I’d be lying. I don’t listen to myself. Other people listen though. It’s ass, I don’t see how people listen to that shit. Ride to this shit, I can’t do that.

Why do you make music if you don’t like it?
It sounds good in the studio! When I leave, I don’t listen to it no more. I only listen to my song if someone else around me is playing it. I don’t ever play my own songs.

Best memory from the video shoot?
Believe it or not, that video was a whole bunch of head clashes. We were angry as fuck. We kept fucking up. Everybody was arguing, it was not smooth at all. It was anger, arguments, a whole bunch of different energies in the room. That shit was just bad, but the video came out fly as fuck. My best memory from the video is the video shoot itself. Everybody was mad as fuck. There’s a whole bunch of bullshit going on. Prolly 10 people in the room, we had to put everybody out the room and all that. We were getting frustrated.

With all the ass in the “Do it” visual, what do parents think?
My mom don’t give a fuck about none of this shit, my dad don’t give a fuck about none of this shit. It’s a big circle of craziness. Everything’s a moment of happiness, a moment of joy. Everything in the music shit, they don’t think nothing too crazy. They know who I’m doing it for.

Can you talk about your face tat? [Love Me Like Dawn]
There will be a lot of girls who try to come around me now for my money now. Not gonna lie ever since I got in this rap shit, this shit do be different. I swear, it’s crazy. They don’t be wanting shit except what you got. I always say when I find me a woman, I want her to love me like my mother.

What was her reaction when you got that?
She said “why the fuck you couldn’t get it on your arm or something? Why you have to get it on your face?” It’s all good though.

How old were you when you got your first face tat?
17. This was my last one, I already had all these motherfuckers. She always says that about all my tats, “why couldn’t you get it on your arm? Or your chest or your leg? Why the face” Because I have no body tats at all. I only have face tats.

Talk about linking with Lil Baby on “Bando Beaters.”
We were at the studio, I had done that song and I didn’t fucking like it. But he walked in like “this motherfucker hard, I want to get on this.” He hopped straight in the booth and got on that motherfucker. I didn’t like that shit at all, but he made me like it a little bit more.

Why don’t you like your own music bro?
I don’t know, I can’t explain it. I critique myself too much. If it don’t sound exactly perfect, I’m like ‘fuck! I could’ve said it like this or did it like that.”

What’s perfect nowadays though?
Shit, you. [laughs]

What makes a good record in your eyes?
My goddam voice across the track. Anything I keep my voice on, that shit sound hard.

Is there a name for your forthcoming album?
Nah, we ain’t got a name yet. I ain’t coming up with a name for this album, BossLifeLito is coming up with a name for this album. I came up with a name for the last album, so he’s coming up with a name for this one. I’ll come up with a name for the next one. This motherfucker hard though. In 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 weeks, I don’t know no date but we gonna drop it soon. On the way.

What about the song with Lil Keed? He’s coming hot out of ATL.
We just did the video. That shit happened quick as fuck. He did the same thing Lil Baby did. He walked in the room while I was doing the song, he said “that motherfucker hard, I wanna get on this.” That’s exactly how he did it, the same way. He knocked out his verse in two minutes. I don’t like recording inside the booth so I always record outside the booth. He sat down and recorded his verse right then and there.

What is it you want fans to get from your story?
There’s always light at the end of the tunnel. Just keep going and don’t give a fuck what anybody say. You gon’ win as long as you be yourself.

What is your take on the music industry?
Gay, weird. Always some dumb shit, fake bitches, fake n*ggas, snakes. Plain old fuck n*ggas, bitch n*ggas, hoe n*ggas. I’m in line right with ‘em so I can’t even complain. Fuck it, it’s music. Shit ain’t gonna change. I ain’t gonna change it, but I’m in the middle of all of it.

Talk about the independent grind.
It’s better because you see the same people everyday. You deal with the same people. Ain’t no n*gga in the corner doing this that you don’t know about, another n*gga in the corner doing that that you don’t know about. It’s the same people you’re dealing with. It’s easier to keep it together.

How important is social media for your career?
Very important. You gotta have that shit, no ifs ands or buts about it. Now, you gotta put a face with the music. No one will give a fuck about your music if they can’t see your face. They gotta like you too, just like they like your music.

Favorite person to follow on IG?
BossLifeLito. Favorite person to look at? Hannah Montana.

What’s a normal day in the life? Walk us through.
Wake up, buy a marinara sandwich, Percocet. Studio for about 12 hours, then go to sleep. Wake back up and do the same thing over again.

Did you finish high school?
Nuh uh, I didn’t. High school finished me. I can’t put it no other way.

3 things you need in the studio?
I need my sound to sound right. Right amount of reverb, the right amount of delay, and some motherfucking water. I be doing a whole bunch of weird shit like “mmm, hmmm, uhhh [adlibs].” I be having to wash my throat to not to be raspy.

What would you be doing if you weren’t doing music?
Music. I wouldn’t be doing shit. Hell nah, I don’t even know what the fuck I was gonna do. This shit came right in front of my face. I don’t think life works like that. You don’t choose what you do, it just happens. Even if you try to do something else so bad, what you’re supposed to do, you’re gonna do it. You ain’t gotta do this, that ain’t how life works. People try to do all this extra shit. If you ain’t supposed to do it, you ain’t gon’ do it. If you’re supposed to do it, it’s gon’ happen.

What’s the best encounter you had with a fan?
This is a police question! [laughs] My n*gga painted me. I got a painting of myself hung up in my house.

Top 5?
Young Thug, Young Thug, Young Thug, James Brown, Prince. I just like Thug’s music. James Brown, Prince, Young Thug, those are the only ones I got on my phone. Swear to God, nobody else.

Dream collab?
Young Thug. James Brown. Prince. I don’t listen really listen to music. I don’t listen to other people like that. I be on Instagram and shit, you can always see what’s hip that way.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Kickin’ shit. Geeked up. Rich as hell, having fun. I want a wife. I’m not a grasshopper, I like sitting in one spot. I want to have one female.

What advice do you have for an aspiring Mak Sauce?
Don’t fucking stop. Don’t give a fuck what anybody say. Fuck it, fuck everything except what you got your dreams on.

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