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You may know Mardy Says (a.k.a. Teante Simmons) as one half of hip-hop duo Spearkbox, but the emcee is a solo artist too and the City Paper is happy to present his new single, titled “Amazon Prime.” And no it's no coincidence that it dropped on Prime Day.
“Amazon Prime actually has nothing to do with Amazon Prime,” laughs Simmons. “I originally made the beat and didn’t have a name for it, but a commercial for Amazon popped up and I thought that was a dope beat title.”
It’s the first release since his mixtape, Mardy Gras, and what makes his upcoming album, C.R.V. Music, so special is that everything from production and recording to mixing and mastering was all done by Simmons himself. And though he didn’t plan on releasing the single until the fall, along with the entire mixtape, the stars aligned a little differently for the artist.
“It just so happens that Amazon has a day dedicated to prime members and I looked at it as a sign that I need to get back in work mode and make this song happen,” says Simmons. “I then found meaning in the name itself after listening back to the song — I wrote it from the perspective of me trying to showcase my abilities in a jungle of parody and cliches, feeling like I’m in my prime and not getting the recognition I deserve. I want this tape to define the last two years of my life and where I wish I was now, where I actually am now, and where I want to go.”
You can listen to Mardy Says' "Amazon Prime" on Soundcloud or by clicking above. Stay tuned for more details on the release of C.R.V. Music in full.