"I think that there is so much Nate Dogg on this record," says Mayer Hawthorne, one half of Tuxedo with producer Jake One, about the inspiration behind the album. "He was a massive influence on the making of this record."
For years now, we have known this Ann Arbor-based hip-hop emcee as Buff1, but after taking some time off to contemplate his life, he's returned with a new album Victim Of A Modern Age donning his real name.
Artists Ivan Neville, Anton Fig, Blondie Chaplin, Corey Glover, Adam Ezra and others will perform with The Young Presidents on July 25th at New York's The Cutting Room. Anton Fig talks about the event and more in the below interview.
Decked out in a black velvet blazer and matching bowtie, Hawthorne was a showman through and through, knowing when to belt out his signature falsetto and when to slow it down and interact with the crowd.
For the past three years, Mayer Hawthorne has been the new look of pop music, dipping back to the old sounds of Motown and funk. For us, though, he is a testament to the continuing legacy of great music coming from Michigan.