MAYAENI

MAYAENI

Early on, the self-professed shy hippie kid saw her future self filling a void. “I don’t know why that lane hasn’t been filled, at least mainstream wise. Why there hasn’t been a female black John Mayer or Gary Clark Jr. I became it, because I wanted to see it so bad.” Raised in a suburb just outside Detroit that she describes as racially “pretty segregated,” Mayaeni—pronounced mah-yay-knee—was actually born to rock. “Growing up in Detroit, I spent a lot of time not necessarily knowing where to fit in.” Her mom is black, her dad white. “So I ended up hanging out with all cultures.”

Hanging out with her musician dad in the studio was Mayaeni’s form of grooming, with Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan and Hendrix records serving both as musical surrogates and soundtracks to her life. “I’ve always had this rock-soul thing going. I can’t escape it.” Not seeing many black women rocking out with a guitar, Mayaeni put herself on that stage. The instrumentally rich and electric songs she creates now are extensions of her rocker past. Her earliest material was recorded on her dad’s 8-track tapes. “I would see him rocking out as a kid, and I would get instrumentals from his tape singles and record over those.” Seeking independence at age 17, Mayaeni headed to London, where she made money under the tables selling clothes at Camden Markets. The cost-of-living struggle persisted when Mayaeni moved to New York, but those survival years turned out to be perfect preparation. “London was my first eye opener to being in the city. I didn’t have a plan beyond the two grand I saved. It was hard, but I had so much ambition. I didn’t want to go back home.” “I wrote a lot about struggle, not being able to pay rent and having a bunch of jobs, a lot about coping with pain. Hard times, heartbreak.” In New York, Mayaeni worked the open mic circuit, up to five times a week, hopping in and out of places like Village Underground, The Grove and Café Wha. The music is as edgy and raw as it is emotional, like the sounds of a guitar crying out, whether it’s the yearning in the mid-tempo anthem “Million N1” or the angst in the clamorous rock-out garage jam “Too Late.” It’s the sound of progress. “I like to think it’s classic.”

Discography

MILLION N'1

RELEASED ON 29/04/2016

MILLION N'1

MAYAENI

Black Jeans

RELEASED ON 03/11/2014

Black Jeans

Mayaeni

MEDIA

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Watch Mayaeni rock out during her showcase at the Roc Nation Raptor House at SXSW:
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Santigold, DJ Mustard and Mayaeni have partnered up with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey to share the stories and culture of the neighborhoods they grew up in. Their communities. Their neighborhoods. Their flavor.  Watch Mayaeni’s video below and visit JackHoneyNeighborhoods.com for more homecoming celebrations
Mayaeni / Detroit:
DJ Mustard / Los Angeles:
Santigold / Philadelphia: COMING SOON
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During the Holiday season, Roc Nation clients like to give back to their communities. Keep reading to see how some artists and athletes have given back for #RocGiving:screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-12-26-23-pmNovember 5th in Philadelphia –Jaelen Strong distributed 100 turkeys to local Philadelphia residents and the Kitchen of Love. This was the second annual Jaelen Strong Turkey Giveaway in Philadelphia.skyrocgivingNovember 10th in Dallas – Skylar Diggins volunteered at North Texas Food Bank Warehouse with Feeding America sorting canned goods, assembling boxes of non-perishable items, as well as bagging produce.mayaeni-volunteer-121November 16th in Detroit - Mayaeni will volunteer with Feeding America and Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan at their My Neighborhood Mobile Grocery. She will assist clients as they choose groceries.img-20161118-wa00002November 17th in Las Vegas - Roc Nation Latin's Victoria La Mala and Karen Rodriguez visited the James Clubhouse of the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Las Vegas to help serve food and talk with the kids and parents for the Club’s Pre-Thanksgiving.20161117_1409505November 17th in NYC - Rapsody volunteered with Feeding America to serve lunch at the Bowery Mission.img_3457November 17th in Boston - James Young took 15 homeless youth out for a Pre-Thanksgiving dinner at Not Your Average Joe’s and provided Jordan Brand backpacks and snapback hats.20161117_181722November 17th in New York - Davaughn, Roc Nation Latin's Mozart La Para and Mr Paradise, Rapsody, The LOX, and Roc Nation Sports' Junior Younan helped host a Pre-Thanksgiving dinner for 20 at-risk and homeless youth from Bronx Connect and SCO Independence Inn. Special thank you to NYY Steak, Ben’s Deli, and John Covelli for food donations.la-group-shotNovember 17th in Los Angeles - Samuel Larsen, Casey Veggies, DJ Reflex, Claudia Leitte, Deondre “Trakmatik” Collins, DOROTHY, Levi Carter,  Ludwig Goransson, Belly and Roc Nation Sports' Daniel Franco volunteered at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank with Feeding America sorting and packaging food.img_5486 img_5471November 18th in Philadelphia - Meek Mill donated 150 turkeys to Bible Way Baptist Church for We Feed the Homeless Philly’s annual turkey drive.img_1307 img_1310November 19th in Benton Harbor - Wilson Chandler's Thanksgiving pantry bag distribution in Benton Harbor with the Second Baptist Church provided food to about 100 families in need. Special thanks to Campbell's.dsc_0403 dsc_0389November 21st in Denver - Wilson Chandler distributed pantry baskets in Denver in partnership with Montbello Recreation Center. Special thanks to Boston Market.img_9157-approvedNovember 22nd in Atlanta, GA - TIP handed out 500 turkeys and sides to families in need at the rap star’s 11th Annual Community Turkey Drive with Mayor Kasim Reed.

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November 22nd in Miami, FL - Rusney Castillo visited the Kendall Club of the Boys & Girls Club of Miami-Dade. He attended the Club’s pre-Thanksgiving potluck dinner.

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November 22nd in Detroit, MI - Henry Ellenson and Mike Gbinije joined the Detroit Pistons Thanksgiving Initiative to host a dinner for 400 families. They served food, interacted with families, and distributed turkeys.

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November 22nd in Detroit, MI - Big Sean partnered with Tarence Wheeler for an All-Star Turkey Giveaway at River Rouge High School—3,500 turkeys and all the fixings were distributed.

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November 23rd in Hamlet, NC - Melvin Ingram hosted a turkey giveaway in his hometown of Hamlet with the support of teammates Melvin Gordon and Casie Hayward. Ingram’s sister Callie was also on-site to help handout 125 turkeys.

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