|WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Without the help of a big record label or a team of marketing and PR gurus to promote his songs, 27-year-old rapper BMayzee let the music of his album Vaccine carry him to a towering eighth-place worldwide ranking on iTunes. |
“People appreciating the music and buying the album in such large numbers is the best reward,” BMayzee said. “I’m trying to stay independent to stay true to the music and what I want to say without any outside influences and I think people feel that in my lyrics. I love my fans and it’s cool to give them something they like.
“Imagine if we did this the conventional way? We’d probably be No. 1. The response has been crazy.”
Released on December 11, BMayzee says Vaccine‘s seven tracks “deal with some real shit, like what’s going on in America right now in politics, plus racial tension and a race war that shouldn’t be happening at all,” as well as some “straight up party music, because we gotta stay true to what we like to do.”
The most successful track is “Pot of Gold,” featuring fellow rapper Jelly Roll, a long-time friend.
“We’ve know each other forever and always talked about doing something together,” BMayzee said. “We were just waiting for the right song and ‘Pot of Gold’ was perfect. He heard it and loved the lyrics and beat and we put it together.
“It touches on a lot of themes, losing a friend to some laced drugs, losing a job and no one gives a shit, Uncle Sam taxing us, racial issues…stuff that hurts.”
Another big hit is “Glow,” where BMayzee raps about the need to stay upbeat and keep the party going, even in times where the stress of life has become so high that suicide rates are at record numbers.
Collaborating with rap artist Merkules, BMayzee’s “Hard Headed” speaks about the need to “always work hard to achieve the goals you set out for yourself. Don’t ever give up. Don’t listen to the bullshit.”
As the accompanying video proves, BMayzee’s “Country Party” is an all-out musical salute to the extreme party lifestyle most people only associate with the rich and famous, except “if a country fuck like me can do it, anyone can,” BMayzee implores.
Currently living in West Palm Beach, BMayzee hails from Lancaster, N.Y., a suburb of Buffalo. A former supercross and motocross competitor, BMayzee has been rapping his entire life.
Vaccine, so named because “if you listen to the album you don’t need a vaccine,” is available on all music platforms, including iTunes, Spotify, Tidal, Amazon, YouTube and Deezer.