Don’t pop a Molly: MuckAFolly with Aux Jennings, instead [Article]
Halifax, NS – On Feb. 5, Halifax’s own 21-year-old Aux Jennings released his debut EP, MuckAFolly. Following the drop of Jennings’ first mixtape in 2011, his career has been on-the-rise. Just in the past year, Aux has played shows (as a member of Weirdo Click) with the Underachievers, Killer Mike and Riff Raff, as well as performed at festivals including Evolve, Halifax Pop Explosion, and Sappyfest. And he’s done this all while simultaneously refining his production, recording and mixing skills in an effort to release more independent bodies of work. MuckAFolly proves that his hard work has certainly paid off.
“…you need to have a concrete project before you hit people with it.” – Aux Jennings
Through working with his fellow WC members – xxx clvr and TwoTwo – Aux has learned that the members’ styles work well, not only as a collective group, but also on an individual basis. Aux describes his new release as having a dark, eerie feel. “It’s all emotionally driven,” he said. “It’s all about feeling. So I think [on] every song you can really tell it’s all my emotion in there.” But don’t worry. There are songs that will make you want to smile and bob your head. The album’s title was inspired by what Aux currently sees as prevalent within pop culture. “Right now it’s [all about] Molly and anything like that: Twerking and stripping, [and] all these things that I address on the album,” said Jennings. “So the idea is F*ck A Molly. You just switch that around and its MuckAFolly.”
Aux worked on this project for 10 months. He explains that he considers himself a perfectionist, and he describes his writing process as very slow at times. But when he finds the beat, the rest falls into place. “Its all based on my beat,” he said. “If I find a beat that I really feel, then writing is pretty quick. But if I’m forcing myself, then it could take days.” Aux also struggled with keeping the EP on-the-low until its release. “I just wanted it to be out,” he said. “I’d just feel like, ‘Oh man, this song’s so good! I wanna drop it right now.’ But you can’t just do that ‘cause you need to have a concrete project before you hit people with it.”
Jennings says he loved the process of putting this new collection together. It features 10 songs and one bonus track. He produced every song, single-handedly, and carefully chose features from Jay Mayne, Thrillah and xxx clvd. The first single from MuckAFolly is called “Dripping.” It features the lyric: “Every girl I know goes to college or they strippin’.” Jennings admits that the song might be considered provocative, but it wasn’t meant to be offensive to anyone. “No time in the song [do] you hear me say anything negative,” said Jennings. “It’s just something that I’m seeing.”
A great deal of Aux’s time is spent working on his music. He says that he loves doing shows. He still gets stressed before every performance. But when he’s on stage, something just clicks. Aux lives by the motto: “F*ck a limit.” He says it’s a more aggressive take on “The sky is the limit.” He believes in it so strongly that he even named his cat “FAL”. “You can do anything you put your mind to,” said Jennings. “Don’t ever put a roof over your head when it comes to exceeding expectations.”
And if you’re wondering what’s going on with the WeirdoClick members, Aux says that he and xxx clvr always keep in touch and work together. While Jennings won’t promise anything right now, he says a project is in its early stages. For now, MuckAFolly is sure to satisfy. Check it over here.
Interview conducted by Kyah Sparks for HipHopCanada
Written by Kyah Sparks and Melissa Keeping for HipHopCanada
Photography by Curtis Rothney and Jessie Meisner