¡MAYDAY! – “South of 5th” review

¡MAYDAY! is a hip hop trio from Miami, Florida consisting of 2 MCs & a percussionist: Wrekonize, Bernz & NonMS. They signed to Strange Music as a sextet, dropping their magnum opus Take Me to Your Leader in 2012. They followed it up with 3 more albums & just 364 days since their last one Search Party, they’re coming back with their 7th full-length album.

After the intro, we go into the first song “Next to Go”. Here, Wrek & Bernz get motivational over a reggae instrumental. The track “Shelter” sees the 2 getting spiritual over a reggae/trap beat from 7 while the song “We Ain’t Sleeping” is a love tune with a ska beat. The track “Run Up” with Tech N9ne sees the 3 advising to watch your step over a reggae/trap beat while the song “New Blessings” pretty much speaks for itself over a ska beat. The track “Unfamiliar” talks about this woman who’s changed into someone they don’t even know anymore with a moody beat while the song “Magic in the Smoke” talks about finding oneself over a funky beat.

The track “Lifetimes” talks about being held down by the world over an acoustic instrumental while the song “Damaged Goods” vents about their demons over some prominent drums. The track “Broken Mirror” then talks about feeling higher than ever over a guitar & finger snapping while the song “Time is Up” talks about haters saying the trio is done just to sway them over a soothing beat with punchy drums. The album then closes with “Close So Far”, where Wrekonize vividly reflects on his childhood & Bernz seeing the end coming over an instrumental with a prominently mellow guitar throughout.

I’m a little confused as to why the trio chose to release this at the end of the summer instead as opposed to the beginning off the summer but other than that, this is one of ¡MAYDAY!’s best albums yet. The lyrics are thoughtful & I find the way that they fuse reggae into their sound to be organic & really fun.

Score: 4/5

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