Ken Leighton 5 p.m., Jan. 24
Genre: Hip-Hop & Rap
RIYL: Eminem, Jay-Z, Nas, Game, Aaliyah, Mary J Blige, Slaughterhouse, Yelawolf, Tupac, Notorious B.I.G, LL Cool J
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- "Now You Know: Meidai" · April 23, 2014
Inception: Spring Valley, 2006
Influences: Eminem, Nas, Jay-Z, the Roots, the Game, Tupac, Aaliyah, Dr. Dre, Alicia Keys, Kanye West
Michael May -- aka Meidai -- is a hip-hop MC who launched his label Off Da Wall MusiQ in January 2006. "My hip-hop alias Meidai, pronounced Mayday, means a very strong individual in Greek," he says. "It's also a three-headed horse ram dragon."
A full-length called Death Before Dishonor was released in 2011. "My best show was 2013. I had the flu, but I was also the headliner, and I still went on stage and rocked out. The entire place was packed people screaming my name, I'll never forget that moment. My worst show was at Across the Street at Mueller College. The soundman was drunk, there was about twenty people there, and it was an all around bad vibe."
His Legendary album was released in summer 2014, featuring guest contributions from L.E., Nina Beretta, Young Tk, Nahledge, and Katja Glieson.
"It's not confined to just one style," he says. "It's hip-hop, R&B, soul music, rock, country, and very much orchestral. What the title means is anyone can be a legend in their own right. You don't need someone else's opinion to dictate what is or isn't legendary, or who is a legend. I touch on topics such as the Illuminati, the government, and my life experiences, so this album to me is different from what other hip-hop artists are doing. I'm putting everything on the line with this release, my heart my soul, everything from the production to the lyrics."
"A lot of people will be able to relate to me."