Buffalo, NY is 3 things. Cold, Dangerous, and Poor. This is where Mackswell is from. Born to the 15 year old daughter of a pimp's bottom bitch and then promptly given up for adoption after birth, Macks grew up in the foster care system. His fathers' father, a Trinidadian immigrant, was able to locate Mackswell and brought him into his home in the Cold Spring section of Buffalo, NY. Cold Spring University.
Mackswell was a smart kid, but in the ghetto you're forced to use your intelligence to survive in the streets, not excel in the classroom. Mackswell found refuge in 3 things as a kid, Hip Hop, Reading, and making enough money to buy food, and jeans with no holes in them. He learned early in life that there is a fundamental difference in character between someone who hustles to survive, and someone who is trying to live a lifestyle.
All of his music, from the light-hearted material, to the nastiest turf dirt verse, is something he's seen and has had to live. But somehow, he finds a way to tell the story through his music with the skill of a great American author.