Mac Irv

Some stories birthed and illustrated in the hood never leave city limits. And for some, music is more than just an outlet. It's an escape. Born and raised in North Minneapolis, Mac Irv’s gift for rhyming began at an early age, most of which he learned from his grandfather along with living across the street from Cornbread Harris, father of Grammy award winning producer Jimmy Jam. At 9 years old, Mac Irv started a rap group and was making rhymes in his basement.

His gift for music went undisclosed for many years as his talent for basketball required a full commitment. After receiving a scholarship to the University of Minnesota, Mac Irv exceeded athletic expectations, placing him as an All-Big Ten Player from 2006-2008. Graduating with a degree in Business Marketing, the Gopher player's athletic ability was unknowingly deteriorating slowly. His professional career overseas was eventually cut short after a serious hip injury. Shortly after at the age of 25, Mac Irv became a father to a baby girl. Despite battling depression while simultaneously taking on new responsibilities of parenthood, Mac Irv’s passion for music was soon reignited.

With support from his Pilot Life Team Tre Adams and producer Willie Wonka, Mac Irv developed smooth, quick rap lines and metaphors reflecting his experience on the Northside, the ups and downs of relationships, and lessons extracted from sports. Things quickly progressed and his career as an artist was solidifying.

“Got Me Open” was released on YouTube as his first single, but it was “Hometown” that allowed him to ultimately represent for Minnesota, embodying the nickname, “Hometown Hero”. In 2014, Mac Irv toured with Rhymesters artist Prof and his single “The Cycle” was nationally featured on MTV Jams. During that same year, Irv was selected to perform at Soundset, in company with Nas, Wiz Khalifa, and 2 Chainz.

Continuing to be a voice for his community, his loyalty for Minneapolis is undimmed. After several projects and local shows consistently selling out, Mac Irv’s ambitions brought him to perform at South by Southwest. His mixtape, "Sincerely Mac Irv” was featured on DatPiff and received an immense amount of feedback from his fans - which are known as his “fam base”.

Exposing disparities in his neighborhood through lyrics, Mac Irv has earned a place in the Hip Hop arena of Minneapolis. Heavily affected by death and incarceration of friends throughout the years, he continues to persevere through the oppression that confronts his community by inspiring a little bit of everyone.

Past Shows


Apr
14
th
2019
Clyde Iron Works
Apr
14
th
2019
Clyde Iron Works

Prof

with Mac Irv, Cashinova and WILLIE WONKA
Apr
6
th
2019
PROF
Apr
6
th
2019
PROF

Prof

with Mac Irv, Cashinova and WILLIE WONKA
Mar
8
th
2019
Fine Line
Mar
8
th
2019
Fine Line

Mac Irv

with MAC TURNER & PRINCE RILEY, TAE SUPREME and SOLO STAR
Sep
8
th
2018
Cabooze Outdoor Plaza
Sep
8
th
2018
Cabooze Outdoor Plaza

Prof

with Lil B, Montana of 300, Cashinova and more!
Jun
23
rd
2017
Fine Line
Jun
23
rd
2017
Fine Line

Freddie Gibbs

with Jon Connor and Mac Irv
Oct
15
th
2016
Mainroom
Oct
15
th
2016
Mainroom

ZOMBIE PUB CRAWL

with Slamdunkapher, JA RULE, DAN BERUBE and more!
Jul
30
th
2016
7th St Entry
Jul
30
th
2016
7th St Entry

Mac Irv

with J. PLAZA, STEVE NEAL and AVERY
Feb
19
th
2016
7th St Entry
Feb
19
th
2016
7th St Entry

Prof

with Mike Mictlan, Mac Irv and DJ FUNDO
Dec
3
rd
2015
Triple Rock Social Club
Dec
3
rd
2015
Triple Rock Social Club

TORY LANEZ

with BOOGIE and Mac Irv
Sep
5
th
2015
Cabooze Outdoor Plaza
Sep
5
th
2015
Cabooze Outdoor Plaza

Prof

with Mystikal, Murs, DENZEL CURRY and more!
Apr
17
th
2015
7th St Entry
Apr
17
th
2015
7th St Entry

HAPHDUZN, MaLLy and DJ LAST WORD

with Mac Irv and Plain Ole Bill
Dec
31
st
2014
PROF
Dec
31
st
2014
PROF

Prof

with St. Paul Slim, Mac Irv and DJ Adatrak
Jan
20
th
2012
Mainroom

More Shows

Sep
14
th
First Avenue

Dinosaur Jr.

Oct
8
th
The Fitzgerald Theater

An Evening with
The SteelDrivers

Aug
21
st
Surly Brewing Festival Field
Sep
21
st
Palace Theatre