The rapper, songwriter, beatmaker, performer, Bruce Yokley professionally known as M.A.D. (Me Against Death), brings a unique voice/sound to the underground hip-hop/rap scene of Southern California. His stage name came from his own idea that “I'm not in a race with anyone but my own death.” M.A.D. is the perfect mix of East and West from the influences of 90s hip-hop, BIG L, Tupac, The Notorious B.I.G., Insane Clown Posse (ICP), Twiztid, Ghetto Boyz, UGK, Three 6 Mafia, and many more. M.A.D.’s music is inspired by life and everything around him. He writes what he sees and feels which has made him relatable to his fans all over the world and when he shows up to perform for a new city, the crowd knows the lyrics to his music.
Born, January 14, 1991, and raised in Lexington Park, Maryland, M.A.D. grew up in and out of trouble until one day in high school he was sent to a media class. The speaker, who had worked for B.E.T. and interviewed many artists, was the first inspiration for the artist to pursue music. With just a laptop, microphone, and a beat, M.A.D. was inspired like others in the class to spit a verse. That’s when M.A.D. first heard a younger kid spit the dopest verse he ever heard – his name was Chauze. Back then, they both had no idea they would eventually team up with Tilli Mack, local, known producer and owner of Straight Banger Productions, to buy their first exclusive beat and form their first duo group called Wasted Myndz. Wasted Myndz performed shows all over the country and published their first album in Knocking on Wood in 2015. M.A.D. later moved to the Southern California to pursue his passion in music and formed Madopelli Music in 2016, continuing to work with Tilli Mack and Straight Banger Productions to date.
M.A.D. has performed shows all over the country alongside artists such as GZA and the Wu-Tang Clan, KRS-One, M.O.P Hopsin, Dizzy Wright, Tech N9ne, Black Rob, Kurupt, Afroman, Twisted Insane, Slain, Boondox, Twiztid, Crooked I, Whitney Payton, Joe Moses, and YG, G-MO Skee, Kung Fu Vampire, Scum and LSP, Stevie Stone, Waka Flaka, Vanilla Ice, P.O.D., R.A the Rugged Man, and pretty much everyone from Strange Music. His most memorable shows have been while sharing the stage with ICP and the biggest show, with over 1,300 people, was in 2018 opening for the Wu-Tang Clan at the Novo in downtown Los Angeles. In addition, Madopelli Music has performed for the Gathering of the Juggalos 2017 & 2018, with plans to return this year.
Under Madopelli Music, M.A.D. has released albums since 2016 starting with their first album Madopelli Gold and releasing his first solo album in 2018 called Full Circle. M.A.D.’s newest solo album called 24/7 released February 24, 2020.
M.A.D. would love to one day collaborate with Flatbush Zombies, ICP, Jarren Benton, Method Man, and Tech N9ne.
Fun Fact: M.A.D. is a huge history buff so when he’s not working on his music you can probably find him in a museum.
For more on M.A.D., you can follow him on him on Instagram @madone_livin