Seemingly out of nowhere, 9th Wonder has released an incredibly lengthy new beat tape, Bladey Mae (Grandma’s Blades), dedicated to the memory of his grandmother. According to a press release, the North Carolina producer “met” her for the first time this past weekend through the stories told by her peers and his elders.
Despite the fact that she passed away in 1965, 9th felt like he was sitting with his father’s mother after hearing so much about her life, including the fact she used to carry blades on her person to protect herself and her children. You see, at that time, segregation was still very much an issue, particularly in the South where she was living. And upon hearing these stories, inspiration struck 9th when it came to the name of his new beat tape.
While we’re not getting a full stream of the project—it’s 73 beats long so that makes sense—you can hear 10 of the tracks below to get a good feel for it. You can buy Bladey Mae at DJ Booth.