Mania Music Group Adds a New Member: Eze Jackson, of Soul Cannon
A week ago at Joe Squared, Kane Mayfield announced a new member of Mania Music Group: Eze Jackson of Soul Cannon. Right after a passionate mini- set from Mania’s Ron G, Jackson did a five-minute straight freestyle–in the truest sense of the word, without the accompaniment of a beat–that ended with a shout of “Mania!” Jackson will still be a part of Soul Cannon but his solo work will go through Mania Music Group, which is a little confusing, but MMG has always played fast and loose with the definition of a group, focusing as much on single artist releases as group albums.
When Kane made the announcement, Dwayne Lawson, one of Mania’s producers, tapped me on the shoulders, grinning, and said, “Didn’t expect that, did you?” I certainly did not. And so once again, the Mania roster has shifted. Last summer’s Welcome to the Audience added female emcee Milly July to the three-man lineup of Kane, Ron, and Midas, and, lately, Midas has been doing amazing club-rap hybrids with Unruly Records seemingly separate from the crew. So yeah, Eze Jackson, in addition to being in Soul Cannon, is now a Mania Music Group member, which means there’s one more rapid-fire rapper in the group.