The L.A.-based beat-making group of Jon Street, RayRo and Jerm Beats just teamed up with their up-and-coming rap artist Three to drop the free album, The Fifth of Never.
The Stereotypes have been busy the past four years producing for the likes of Ne-Yo, Justin Bieber, Mary J. Blige, Raheem DeVaughn, K-Naan, Chris Brown and The Far East Movement, the latter which is signed to their Stereotype music label.
With the success of their guest appearance on the Far East Movement’s “Girls on the Dance Floor,” the Stereotypes decided to form a four man squad with Three called Jon MCXRO. The name is inspired by the controversial tennis legend Jon McEnroe, except the “MCXRO” part is an acronym for all of their names. “Lego” is their first single.
“It really started out as a passion project,’ Jeremy describes. “We were working on stuff for other people and this song ‘Lego,’ we made the beat, played it for an artist and they weren’t feeling it. Or it wasn’t a song that fit them. When that session was over, we were like ‘let’s do it ourselves’. That’s how this single started out. From there, we just got the buzz and been in the lab the past [few] weeks.”
“After ‘Lego,’ we got on a nice little run and started feeling what we wanted to go with,” Ray adds. “A lot of mood music [and] a couple of samples. We wanted to go back to the golden era, the ’90s in hip-hop [era].”
Miguel, Chester French’s DA as well as their artists Sterling Simms, Travis Garland and the Far East Movement all appear on the project.—Shaheem Reid
The Fifth of Never is available for Free download on the group’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/JONMCXRO.