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Wax on Being Dropped From Def Jam: “I Was Relieved”

On MacGregor:

Wax: “You know the MacGregor sporting goods company? They make white soccer cleats. We had a MacGregor cooler down in my parents’ basement. We were high and didn’t know what to call our [band], so we named ourselves that. We always thought we were too big to change it. Like, ‘Dude, like ten people know who we are now. We can’t change it.’ Looking back on it, we should have definitely changed the name early on.

“The band was six of us—guitar, bass, drummer and a three-piece horn section. We put out three albums. It sounded like hip-hop, funk-rock, like Red Hot Chili Peppers, but maybe a little more ’70s, and then a lot of straight rap stuff.

“We did pretty well, but it was six people and it’s hard to keep them together. If you get a good job, or a girlfriend, who wants to go on tour all the time?”

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