When Mania Music Group released its 2010 compilation "Welcome To The Audience," Mayfield was one of four rappers on the label's roster, alongside DDm, Rapman Ron G, and Milly July. Gradually, the other MCs parted ways with Mania, leaving Mayfield as its sole focus. But Mayfield was a reluctant MC, and then a reluctant solo artist, who Lawson and Lackey worked to slowly bring out of his shell. "They took two years to even convince me that I was a rapper," Mayfield says. "I always wanted to be in a group, because I'm fuckin' lazy. It requires a lot less work, writing a whole song and coming up with a theme, that's way harder than writing a verse. It's like playing the whole band. Why don't I just do my cool guitar solo?"