Jeffrey Kenneth Mallison, (Born January 18th, 1988), best known for his stage name MC FOX, is an American Rapper/Songwriter out of Detroit, Michigan. He was originally inspired by the movie 8 Mile. Fox’s biggest influences were Eminem, 50 Cent, and Chamillionaire. Jeffrey’s path to success has been riddled with obstacles, starting with his lingering disability he has battled since birth.
In 2013, the Oakland Press published an eye-opening article on Easter morning about Fox and his disability. In Jeffrey Mallison’s early years, his doctor diagnosed him with having a speech impediment. He was born with a stutter which has hampered him throughout his life. In his high school years, he was required to get up in front of class just like everyone else. A two minute presentation could take double or even triple the amount of time to get his point across. Jeff couldn’t even carry on a conversation, let alone get up in front of a class of 30 people. This is when Fox was truly born. He found a way to express his feelings in a way he never imagined could be possible. Who would think a person who couldn’t even present a presentation without stumbling upon his words, could perform his music in front of any amount of audience. Fox finds his outlet and comfort zone when he is on stage expressing true passion and grit. It was a way for him to communicate without the rigorous torture his stutter brought him.
Troubled Thoughts was his debut mixtape that he began sharing with the world. His style and creativity really started catching people’s attention right from the beginning. Fox began working on his debut album, F.O.X. World, which was released December 21st, 2013. He started receiving feedback from people that lived in countries he had never even heard of. Over time, more and more people began to show up to his shows and support his music. Some people asking him, “Wow… is this really you?” Others saying, “You’ll never make it.” Fox used this feedback as motivation to perfect his craft and truly began putting 110% into his music. There were various features on the album, including Funk Volume’s Dizzy Wright along with the Don’t Funk Up Our Beats 5 Contest winner, Street Light. The album was recorded over the span of 15 months and contains 17 Tracks. Only 500 hard copies of the album were printed, which all were sold. Along with 500 digital copies on iTunes.
Since the release of F.O.X. World, MC Fox has been traveling all over the Midwest performing and continuing to build his fan base. His next project, Troubled Thoughts 2, will be released April 27th, 2015, on Datpiff.com. This will be the second installment in his mixtape series.
MC Fox continues on his every day grind to succeed in the thing he loves most. Music. We will not stop until the world knows who MC Fox is, and we appreciate every single one of our supporters! We won’t let you down.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
MC FOX: I was born in Pittsburgh, PA but my family decided to relocate to Michigan when I was 9, and I’ve made a life for myself here in Waterford, MI.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
MC FOX: When I was 14 years old, I started writing my own lyrics and just practicing in my basement. At this point, I didn’t take it too seriously. I was rapping into a toy recorder that looked like something you would find in the movie, ‘Toy Story’. It originally all started off as a hobby, until I realized I had finally found my outlet where I could express my feelings. I began shifting my focus into trying to write a story within my lyrics so I could differentiate myself from the others. I discovered an outlet where I was able to tell everyone how I really felt without stumbling over my words. I was born with a speech impediment that still hinders my speaking ability to this day, but when I am recording or on stage, it disappears. I’m truly blessed to be able to do what I do, and I will never take this gift for granted.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
MC FOX: The feeling I get when I release my art to the world is absolutely indescribable. When I write and record my music, it starts off as something that I make for myself. The sound, the lyrics, the instrumental, it has to be perfect. I have to make myself a fan of the song before I even think about releasing it. If I don’t impress myself, then how could it impress my fans? When I finish a song, my goal is to love what I’ve created. Honestly, I want to love it as much as if it was something my favorite rapper had created. The feeling I get from that is amazing in itself, but to release it to the world and get a positive response from the masses; that takes it to a whole other level. I strive on knowing that other people around the world can relate to what I’m saying in my music. Fans in countries I have never even heard of will message me to tell me how my songs have helped them through a difficult time in their life. If my lyrics can help fans through the difficult times going on in their lives thousands of miles away, that is truly a blessing. I want to motivate my fans, so that they know anything is possible. The music that I create is a reflection of my inner thoughts and personal feelings. Being able to share them with others who appreciate my work as much as I do is remarkable.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
MC FOX: I tend to take my own life experiences and turn them into a variety of different tracks. Whether it’s an uplifting, motivational track to play when you’re feeling down or a song that plays in the clubs; I can do it all. I try to make each song with a story that my fans can relate too. The rap music that is out today consistently portrays the Sex, Drugs, and Money image, and that is not my focus. I’m trying to create a style within the Rap community that puts the industry back on track, and brings Hip-Hop back to what everyone knows it to be. That is my goal, and I will achieve it.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
MC FOX: If you’re a fan of hip-hop, my music is directed towards you. Obviously, the 18-30 age range is ideal when describing the majority of my fan base, but I’ve come across many grade school kids and folk over 30 that have shown support of my music. Like I said before, I make music that my fans can relate to. No matter the age, people will go through difficult times in their life, and everyone needs a song to pick them up every once in a while. I create music for my fans, and there is at least one song for everybody’s taste.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
MC FOX: Growing up in the Detroit area, I’d be remiss not to say Eminem. The movie, “8 mile”, is what inspired me to start making music in the first place. Artists like 50 Cent, Obie Trice, and Chamillionaire have also helped shape me into the style of rapper that I am today.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
MC FOX: Energetic, deep, honest, raw, and lyrical.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
MC FOX: The ability to make music that isn’t solely based on sex, drugs, violence, or materialistic ideals. Music is an art form. That means getting people to relate to what you’re saying. I’d rather motivate someone to be successful then to brag about how successful I am. You can’t show somebody a picture of a treasure chest and expect them to find it without providing the map to get there.
There are “rappers” everywhere in today’s world. Usually when I tell people that I am a rapper, they jump to the conclusion that I am just like the rest. I stay persistent on driving them to one of my shows. My live performances are something that makes me stand out from the rest. When people come and see me perform on stage, they have a whole different perspective on my music when they leave. Nowadays, I feel like that is nonexistent. A lot of rappers today spend all this time in the studio, auto-tuning and adding all of these different settings that make it not even sound like them live. My core attributes of creating music that my fans can relate to, having a strong stage presence, and the drive to constantly improve; truly makes me stand out from my competition.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
MC FOX: On April 25th, 2015, I will be releasing the second installment in my mixtape series, “Troubled Thoughts 2”. After that, I will begin “Troubled Thoughts 3”, which will be released late 2015. These two mixtapes will be followed by my second studio album which will be released in the Fall of 2016. I try to focus on producing about two projects a year, but I am very picky on the music I release so if it’s not perfect; it won’t be released.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
MC FOX: My goal is to not work a day in my life. I want to do what I love for a living. At this point, I am married to Hip-Hop. In 10 years, I will be a household name within the music industry, and I won’t stop until I achieve that.. My vision is focused around music, and I will continue to push through the obstacles to make it where I want to be. And that is at the top.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
MC FOX: I try to have my music on every social media avenue available. In my opinion, social media is the most important thing out there for an up-and-coming artist right now, and I’ve taken fully advantage of that. The links to my Social Media pages are listed below.
Facebook – www.Facebook.com/OfficialMCFox
Soundcloud – www.Soundcloud.com/MCFox
YouTube – www.Youtube.com/MCFox360
Reverbnation – www.Reverbnation.com/MCFox
Instagram – @OfficialMCFox
Twitter – @OfficialMCFox
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