Most know Strange Music as the driving force behind Tech N9ne’s illustrious rap career. Fans of Tech understand that he signs selected artists that connect with him in similar styles and sounds. In their early days, ¡Mayday! started as a two-member band that involved into the six-man outfit that signed to Strange in 2011. The Miami boys are an eclectic mix of rap, rock and pop that found a perfect balance, with live instrumentation and tough-as-nails reality raps they bring to the table. Their debut under Tech’s label, Take Me To Your Leader, was an entertaining collection of songs that pushed their sound toward the mainstream.

Last week, Mayday’s sophomore effort, Believers, which features Kardinal Offishall, Tech N9ne, Irv Da Phenom and Stevie Stone, hit stores. The response has been big from their loyal fan base and has sparked the interest of naysayers who found their distinct style undeniable. Intrigued, XXL got on the phone with key members Bernz, Wrekonize and Gianni Cash (Plex Luthor, NonMS and L T Hopkins were absent) to uncover the innerworkings of the highly touted group. Here, we learn the story on how they formed, the move to Strange Music, and find out about each member’s individual styles. Get familiar with the band on a mission.—As told to Eric Diep (@E_Diep)