Rising Memphis rapper Clay “Krucial” Perry III releases his scorching new project Wake Me Up When It’s Over. Listen HERE via Warner Records. Raw and unapologetic, the 10-song body of work encapsulates the pain and trauma that has shaped his journey. His most realized project to date, it also features the bass-heavy banger “Dumpin” featuring BlocBoy JB and additional guests include NLE Choppa, Lil Migo, Kevo Muney, and Lil Beezy.
Wake Me Up When It’s Over begins with “Time To Go,” a moody exploration of a relationship going down in flames. Also included is the intimate, piano-driven “Top Five” which showcases Clay’s rapid-fire lyricism. Another standout is “What You Gone Do,” an anthem that is as infectious as it is bold. Other highlights include “Cruise,” “No Direction,” “Jar Jar,” “3ast Memphis,” and his most recent single, “Switches,” featuring NLE Choppa.
Wake Me Up When It’s Over follows 2022’s acclaimed CLAY. That EP underlined Perry’s versatility and range with thunderous productions that lay out Clay’s riveting life story, from the streets of Memphis to becoming one of the city’s brightest stars.
Now, with Wake Me Up When It’s Over, Clay’s penchant for turning pain into art has never been more powerful.
Time to Go
Switches FT. NLE Choppa
Dumpin FT. Blocboy JB
Top Five FT. Lil Beezy
Jar Jar FT. Lil Migo
What You Gone Do
3ast Memphis FT. Kevo Muney
ABOUT CLAY “KRUCIAL” PERRY III:
The title of Clay “Krucial” Perry III’s new Warner Records project, Wake Me Up When It’s Over, came to him in a reflective mood, late one night after a few drinks. The Memphis engineer and producer turned rapper was scrolling Twitter shortly after the release of his July 2022 EP, CLAY, when the idea made its way from his brain to the bird app. What about this era in his life and career made him want to hibernate? The examination led to more questions and some profound answers, all of which are explored on Wake Me Up When It’s Over. Across the record, through moving, emotional vocals, the Bluff City spitter comes to terms with his problems and actively strategizes to alleviate some of his pain. Perry has been a go-to engineer in Memphis for years, sitting behind the boards for some of the city’s finest rappers. But working with stars pushed him to step into the booth himself. Perry began making noise of his own with independent projects like Krucifix (2018), It Could’ve Been Different (2019), and Too Sad for Tomorrow (2019). He released his major-label debut If We Must Die, in 2021. In the wake of these records, Perry has grappled with feelings of isolation, but he takes pride in making art that other people in similar circumstances can relate to. At first, this pressure to speak his radically honest truth was a burden, but eventually, that feeling faded into confidence. And if you can relate to Clay “Krucial” Perry III, he’s happy to invite anyone into his club.