Maco’s book, Hip Hop in Houston: The Origin and Legacy, examines the history of Houston’s hip-hop culture from its beginnings in the early 1980s to 1991. He explores the nature of Houston hip-hop to discover how it came about, why it’s notable, and what it reveals about the life experiences of urban young people in Houston during the 1980s.
Maco is a doctoral student in history at Rutgers University. He holds an MA in history from Texas Southern University and a BA in speech and communications from Texas A&M University. He researches and writes about African American cultural experiences in the twentieth century United States. He is particularly focused on writing histories of how those considered invisible, deviant, worthless, or marginal made meaning of American life. More, specifically he will now be investigating the political economy and lived experiences of the War on Drugs in Houston, TX.
Maco is also contributor to the book Religion in Hip Hop: Mapping the New Terrain edited by Anthony B. Pinn, Monica R. Miller and rapper Bernard “Bun B” Freeman. His chapter, “Mapping Space and Place in the Analysis of Hip Hop and Religion: Houston As An Example,” insists that questions about the role of religion in hip hop must also interrogate the intersection of space, place, and time as significant domains of hip hop cultural practices. From there he analyzes Houston’s hip hop culture to point to what may be religious about it.
Most recently Maco taught courses at Hunter College, Northern State Prison (part of NJ-Step), and Lone Star Community College. Prior to his work in the academy, Maco worked as an affirmative action consultant, college recruiter, corporate recruiter, professional development and career development specialist, and as a middle school teacher.
Maco is also a freelance writer/blogger and motivational speaker. His political and social commentary has appeared in the Houston Defender, Tre` Magazine, Regal Magazine, TheLoop21, and the BlackSnob.com. He was recently a keynote speaker for the Texas A&M University M.E.D.A.L.S. Conference and the 10th Annual Texas Community Youth Development Teen Summit.
Maco is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. He often volunteers for organizations to help young people gain valuable life, professional, and leadership skills. He was previously a board member and board chair for the Bread of Life, Incorporated, a Houston based non-profit organization that provides life changing services for those who find themselves homeless, hungry, and those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Maco firmly believes that average people follow paths, but leaders of significance carve out trails.