Urban Vault caught up with Bronx, New York emcee MrE to ask him about his latest release, FAIRY TALE, his fans and more
MrE calls his new single, “The ‘Children’s Story’ of today; Slick Rick fans should be pleased with this amusing story about a juvenile delinquent causing mayhem in his neighborhood, featuring notable characters we’ve all known from our childhood. I’m also a huge fan of Once Upon a Time, a show rappers have no business watching yet I do. That show’s like bedtime stories meet Maury. Damn near everybody’s related. Snow White and Prince Charming have a daughter who’s baby’s daddy is Rumpelstiltskin’s son and Peter Pan’s grandson…crazy. So, I just found myself writing not just a song but a silly story about a little boy causing trouble for all these fairy tale characters”.
The single was produced by himself and Robb Hutzal.
‘Fairy Tale’ is a multi-layered song lyrically, with many moving parts. How did you approach it from a writing point of view? What was your process?
I must’ve approached it the same way Eminem and Kendrick wrote ‘Love Game’. Only thing is I was inspired by that song as well as by ‘Once Upon a Time’, which I doubt either of them know about that show, or maybe they do, who knows? Anyway, my end game with this song was to tell a story involving as many bedtime story characters as possible with a flow similar to Shady and Kendrick.
What’s the number one thing you want people to know about MrE?
I want them to know that I’m not trying to sound like anyone else. I want to continue creating the next best thing like an artist should be doing, like artists have been doing.
Describe the typical MrE fan.
The typical MrE fan actually listens to the lyrics and catches the references and is highly entertained and maybe educated at the same time.
Darkness seems to be a recurring word with MrE. Why is that? What is it about darkness that attracts you?
There’s so much to the darkness theme. For one, it’s yet another Once Upon a Time reference regarding one of its characters who goes by the name Rumpelstiltskin, a.k.a. the Dark One. He’s referred to as the Dark One because of the dark powers he possesses that allows him to do whatever he wants, things he could never do before he became immortal. He also used to be a coward, he ran from fights. Later he met the love of his life, which he never thought in a million years he would, and she gradually changed him, made him realize he didn’t need power to be a hero. Needless to say, he’s one of my favorite characters on the show. I feel I can relate to him in some ways. Darkness also refers to my skin color and the nature of events that come with it. I love my blackness as well as I love my Nigerian heritage despite the fact racists worldwide can give a good god damn about any of that and, hence, put things in place that account for a lot of the darkness in my life, regardless how much I strive to succeed.
What’s your favorite non-rap album of all time and why?
I love that question. People think rappers only listen to rap. Well, I’m into soundtracks, too, so I’d say the Man of Steel soundtrack. It’s epic and it makes me want to watch the movie again almost every time I hear one of its tracks.
In a few words sum up your thoughts about Urban Vault UK and what we’re trying to do?
Urban Vault UK is bringing the much-needed awareness and further potential commercial success to us underground urban acts and our music.
Thank you for your time and may you carry on making dope, fresh music…