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Did your live set for this tour reflect the book at all, or include anything from the Postcards From Kansas City EP you've sent to everyone who pre-orders the book?
No, I don't know what the fate of that album is going to be. I like it and I was working on new songs for it up until two days ago. I was just like Jay-Z who has this mantra of working until the very last minute where he records right up through the day before it has to be turned in. As far as I know "I Just Want to Love You (Give It 2 Me)," he recorded a few hours before he was off to master the album and decided to change it from a Roc-a-Fella compilation to a Jay-Z album. They had a video shoot scheduled, and he changed the concept of it on Sunday, filmed it on Monday, and it became a smash hit. This a digital album; I don't have physical copies as of now. I don't have anything other than a .zip file I'm going to send out. Patric, who's on stage with me every night, hasn't even heard the album yet because I finished mastering it 24 hours ago. So maybe near the end of the tour we'll work in one or two songs.
Also notable about Postcards from Kansas City is the appearance of Chamillionaire. How did you link up with him?
The Pancake Rap in early December 2011 is on fire and had been for about two weeks. My wife and I were just absorbing every second of it and how Ryan Seacrest is interviewing me and things like that were happening. We would go out to eat and for a month, three times a week my wife and I would go out to a nice restaurant and get lobster tail. We'd been very conservatively living up until that point, and were just sitting there soaking it in. Everyday someone new was calling me or tweeting me like Colin Quinn or Kevin Smith. We're at this restaurant, the Bristol, and I, rudely might I add, check my email during dinner. I get this email with the subject line "CHAMILLIONAIRE." I open it up and it just said "Hey, is this Mac?" I wrote back "Hey, is this Chamillionaire or somebody affiliated?" and he writes back "Yeah, this is me." I write back "Dude, I'm a big fan of yours and Get Ya Mind Correct." The thing I loved about that album is, even before Houston was on the radar, they were doing 200,000 records out of the trunk of their car. That was the thing I always loved about these guys. He told me to call him, I tell my wife "I'm going to go call Chamillionaire," and he tells me he likes my music. We wind up talking on the phone for like two or three hours. We've kept in touch and he's a very stoic, calculated guy. He's a sharp cat.
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