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Fun for muggers too!
Wait! Hold on! There still may be some legal ground for you to stand on here. This spot was to open in Oakland, right? Okay, here's your solution: You first alter your idea to "Lil Mack". Then you enlist the East Oakland rapper Too Short aka Shorty the Pimp, as an investor, symbolic investor, or whatever. I know at this point you arrogantly oblivious gentrifiers are asking 'Why the hell would we do this?'. If you really want to keep local, keep it organic, etc., etc., here's the answer: Too Short's "Born to Mack" is his first major album release in 1987. On this album there's also the track "Mack Attack"" (released on 1988 version). In 2006 Too Short released the album, "Mack of the Century", which is actually a Too $hort's Greatest Hits compilation that includes such classics as "Dope Fiend Beat" and "Blowjob Betty". I think by now you're understanding where I'm going with all of this. You're getting it--Macking (a version of pimping) is a favorite Oakland pastime, and the home grown rapper Too Short has already established a legal precedent for using the street lingo "Mack", as a discourse, in creative property titles, etc, etc. Finally, there's Oakland's (and Too Short's) underlying inspiration: "The Mack", a 1973 blaxploitation film that was set in Oakland and was the biggest grossing blaxploitation film of its time. The movie deals with the life of John Mickens (AKA Goldie), a former drug dealer recently released from prison who becomes a big-time pimp. Standing in his way is another pimp named Pretty Tony, two corrupt white cops, a local crime lord, and even his own black nationalist brother, who try to force him out of the business. The Mack contains several actual and former pimps! And don't miss the social commentary, according to Mackin' Ain't Easy, a documentary about the making of the film, which can be found on the DVD edition. The Mack contains the legendary line: "You know the rules of the game, your bitch just chose me. Now we can handle this like you got some class, or we can get into some gangsta shit." See,this is the perfect moniker for your hip new Oakland restaurant..
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