9th Wonder has released a new 73-track beat tape, Bladey Mae. The project was reportedly influenced by 9th Wonder's recent visit with relatives.
"This past weekend, I met my grandma, Beulah Mae Jarrett Douthit's family, my dad's mother, for the first time," 9th Wonder said. "My grandma passed in 1965, so I've had no connection to her at all. I listened to the elders talk about her all day."
9th Wonder says that a story he heard that day inspired the title for his new beat tape.
"One elder in particular, her oldest niece, who's 78-years-old, told me that her nickname was 'Bladey Mae' because of the blades she carried around in the purse and pockets, to protect her children from a segregated South, one of them being my dad," 9th Wonder said. "I was looking for a name for a new beat tape and that one just came out of nowhere. Here's to you Beulah Mae Jarrett Douthit and the blades you carried to protect pops."
The stream of Bladey Mae is available via DJBooth.