Wrekonize, Bernz and NonMS have been working collectively as ¡Mayday! for nearly a decade, however the group isn’t getting stagnant. In September, the trio switched issues by dropping a reggae-influenced album titled South Of fifth.
Despite sustaining their Hip Hop core on the document, the album was formally categorised as a reggae launch. The distinction allowed the group to hit No. 1 on Billboard reggae chart. According to Wrek, the brand new musical path was opened up by the reactions they obtained on tour.
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“We went on tour a pair years in the past with Dirty Heads,” he tells RealStreetRadio. “And their crowd, they’re like a pop-reggae hybrid sort of group, and their crowd was tremendous receptive to our music. And this was earlier than we even determined to do [reggae]. This was simply principally of our regular Hip Hop stuff. Then we went on tour a few yr later with Common Kings, who’re additionally one other group sort of mixing reggae with just a few different completely different genres. And we bought a very good response there. We simply cherished the power of the exhibits, we cherished the vibe of the individuals, and we actually fell in love with the power there.”
The optimistic reception made them severely contemplate making a reggae-tinged album.
“Bernz was like, ‘Hey, what do you suppose if we did an precise extra reggae-focused challenge?’” Wrekonize recollects. “At first, I used to be very apprehensive to that as a result of coming from Hip Hop — I do know there’s quite a lot of parallels to reggae and Hip Hop however while you say, ‘Let’s do a reggae album,” my thoughts routinely jumps to probably the most stereotypical [music].
“But we began throwing it round slightly bit extra, it’s our fifth album on Strange, and it’s additionally the final on our authentic contract with Strange Music. So, we thought it could be sort of cool to change it up and do one thing completely different. We began making the music and that’s after I actually noticed the ‘Eureka!’ Like, ‘Oh, it’s not what I imagined it to be. It’s extra natural.’ It’s principally a ¡Mayday! document with reggae inspiration for the instrumentals and stuff. It nonetheless appears like a ¡Mayday! album.”
When requested why ¡Mayday! took it a step additional and labeled it reggae, the veteran MC defined how the group’s notion in Hip Hop performed a job.
“Hip Hop has by no means actually absolutely gotten ¡Mayday! in my private opinion anyway,” Wrek notes. “So I figured it wouldn’t actually be a stretch for us as a result of our music and our catalog is so numerous through the years to change it up. Let’s put it into the reggae style and name it a full-out reggae album and simply see what we are able to fire up in that world. So that was why we made the change and determined to completely classify it as a reggae album.”
What’s subsequent for the ¡Mayday! is unsure proper now. South of fifth was the ultimate album of the trio’s Strange Music contract, but it surely won’t be their final launch for Tech N9ne’s indie powerhouse.
“We’re speaking with them,” Wrek says of the label. “We do love Strange. We’ve had an excellent run. We’ve by no means had any actual points with Strange, and I really feel like they really feel the identical approach about us. We’ve been capable of ship some nice albums for them. The ¡MursDay! album was an excellent success after which producing ‘Fragile’ for Tech, which went gold … We’ve had some actually cool issues occur for us within the final 5 or 6 years at Strange.
“For us, it’s simply we’re taking a look at this level the place we’re going forwards and backwards with them attempting to determine what’s greatest. And clearly the enterprise has modified loads since we first signed with them six years in the past. So, we’re simply attempting to determine with them what the most suitable choice is. Hopefully, we are able to work one thing out with them as a result of we undoubtedly love Strange and have had nothing however good experiences during the last 5 or 6 years.”
If South Of fifth does find yourself because the final ¡Mayday! album for Strange, they definitely went out on a excessive notice.
Stream the LP under.