Freestyle | The Cave [Maxo Kream] x [Kenny Beats]

One of my new favorite series on YouTube comes from Kenny Beats in which he posts a 10 minute clip biweekly of him devising a beat in front of and for one of his rapper friends. This particular episode (released June 7), he hosts the Houston legend Maxo Kream. Maxo is known for his unique flows and vocabulary which makes him a perfect visitor on the show. Kenny lays down a wildly creative beat in which he uses his own voice, and Maxo immediately feels it. This sparks a dance off, adding even more energy to the feel in the studio. Kenny finishes the beat, and Maxo hops in the booth and goes nuts for roughly a 16-bar verse. He shows his versatility, switching up his flow multiple times and obviously going off-the-top for its entirety. I tend to gravitate heavily toward Maxo’s work, and this freestyle just further fueled my desire for a new project – and how ironic, he sneakily included in the video that he’s got one coming in the very near future. Watch KENNY BEATS & MAXO KREAM FREESTYLE \ THE CAVE EP. 8 below!

Watch Maxo Kream’s New Freestyle For Kenny Beats’ “The Cave”

From Doja Cat to Vince Staples and several others, Kenny Beats’ The Cave has become one of the best behind-the-scenes series in music. In each episode, Kenny whips together a quick beat based on a given artist’s preferences, only to use this beat for a brief, endlessly fun freestyle right when the beat is done. As one might expect, magic, hilarity, or a little combination of both ensues every time, and today, we’ve been blessed with a brand new episode of The Cave alongside Houston emcee Maxo Kream. On the path to the release of his major label debut, this episode comes right in time for the inevitable takeover of Maxo Kream, and quite surely, he uses this to his full advantage. After throwing together a hard-nosed instrumental, Maxo steps in the booth and absolutely snaps, reminding us why he’s one of the best rappers in the game right now. Even beyond the freestyle, however, this episode perfectly illustrates the in-studio antics that make the creative process between two friends such an entertaining sight to see. Maxo and Kenny joke around with one another throughout the entire episode, but at the end of the day, they also put forth an impeccable freestyle …


Austin, Texas native WHOOKILLEDKENNY makes his Lyrical Lemonade debut today with the release of his debut EP titled Pay The Fee. At the age of 22, WHOOKILLEDKENNY has built a brand around one of his most notable catch phrases “Pay The Fee” while performing throughout Texas and in other states across the country. In the past, Kenny has released notable singles with massive support from features such as Lil Baby, Sauce Walka, and Maxo Kream, all helping lead up to this release below. Throughout Pay The Fee, Kenny delivers hard-hitting bars within an atmosphere full of high energy and character; furthermore, transcending to his music videos and live shows as well. From top to bottom, all eight tracks that manufacture Pay The Fee showcase Kenny’s true talent and abilities, making him one of the most promising up and coming artists with what could be his biggest year ahead. To solidify his space in a very saturated market, Kenny has also crossed over into the EDM marketplace through collaborations and performances with Riot Ten. To say the least, his energy alone can convince even the most adamant skeptic that success is around the corner for him. Be sure to do yourself a favor …

She Live – [Maxo Kream] ft. [Megan Thee Stallion]

Ready as ever to take on the world in light of his recent deal with RCA Records, it’s looking like 2019 is the year that Maxo Kream brings the takeover to new levels. Just last week, we received the Houston native’s latest single, “Still,” and while this song was more than enough to hold me over until the summer, Kream is here again today to insist that he goes harder with yet another track, this time titled “She Live” alongside Megan Thee Stallion. Being that Kream’s new deal and Megan Thee Stallion, in general, have been some hot topics in the rap world as of late, this track is a perfect storm of excitement. The machine-like rattling of the thunderous production and each rapper’s dense yet enthralling performances work hand-in-hand to create an inarguable banger, and further, “She Live” holds the replay value to do some serious numbers in the weeks to come. If not anything else, this single indicates that Kream isn’t wasting any time in his new deal, as he hits the ground running with a slew of new music. I can’t wait for what else is to come, but in the meantime, check out “She Live” below!

Still – [Maxo Kream]

Fresh off of the announcement of his official signing to RCA Records, one of the underground’s biggest weapons, Maxo Kream, is here with a brand new single, “Still.” If you’ve been following Kream and his thoroughly impressive catalog over the past few years, it’s clear how much Kream deserves the record deal he received, but for those who haven’t been paying attention, “Still” is a perfect justification of all Kream’s success to date. As the title entails, this offering acts as a blood-curdling, hard-nosed declaration that Kream is the same person he was before he was successful. He has the same mentality, the same chilling ability to tell stories, and he’s still engaging listeners in every way possible, all without ever losing touch of the person he truly is deep down. Maxo Kream has been one of the most technically and sonically skilled rappers alive for quite some time, but now with major label backing, I can’t wait to see how much further the rising star is able to take this success. Check out “Still” at the link provided below and let us know what you think in the comments!

Maxo Kream: The Power of Storytelling

In an age defined by the over-consumption of media and the bombardment of news, minute by minute via social media, we often lose sensitivity to the human side of the tragic occurrences and misfortune we hear about. As devastating as it may be, receiving news of a tragedy that occurs anywhere other than home is either entirely ignored or only paid attention to until the next tragedy comes up. Consequently, now, more than ever, the world needs to embrace the value of personal account and further, the power of storytelling. Humanizing these tragedies, whether they be instantaneous or generational (not justifying, which is an important distinction), reminds us that what is presented on the news is a reality, and while these realities may not strike anywhere close to home for some, they permanently alter the lives and communities of others. Houston native Maxo Kream has developed himself to be just the storyteller that music needs, in a time like this. Before this prowess receives celebration, however, it’s important to note that Kream’s stories are, in no way, derived from any sort of motive or political narrative. If they were, Kream wouldn’t present the two sides of his life so clearly …

Meet Again – [Maxo Kream]

Maxo Kream is one of the best rappers in the game right now, and as bold as this claim may seem, I simply point you to his last album, Punken, as proof. Line after line, Maxo’s unwavering honesty and storytelling abilities propel him as a captivating, inimitably real artist on the mic, and today, this couldn’t be better exemplified than in the Houston native’s brand new single, “Meet Again”. Produced by Teej and the legendary Mike Dean, this single mixes soul-stricken melodies with intricate flows and hard-nosed lyricism, allowing Kream’s charisma to bleed through the instrumental as he speaks all about his rise to the fame and the experiences that made Maxo the man he is today. The central focus of the piece is to focus on those who have been locked up or passed away, and as sad as the story gets, this song makes it clear that Maxo Kream uses his pain as fuel to put on for his family, friends, and most of all, his city. In my opinion, “Meet Again” is one of the best songs released in 2019, and surely it has me excited for whatever Houston’s own has next, but don’t just take my word for …

State of the Art – [Peewee Longway]

Atlanta residents have a lot to be proud of in terms of music, as the list of talented MCs to pop from the city truly never ends. Without further do, added to this list is Peewee Longway, who just dropped his highly anticipated mixtape, State of the Art, last Friday featuring the likes of Gucci Mane, Young Nudy, Quavo and Offset, Maxo Kream, and Plies. The tape already has found itself on heavy rotation as it features braggadocios bars over trunk-rattling trap production, and if not anything else, it makes it known that Peewee Longway truly is consistency personified. With State of the Art, he stacks his verses with quotable lyrics and effortlessly entertains throughout, keeping his 2018 win streak on an insuppressible rise. Also notable, this is Peewee Longway’s second mixtape release of the year, following up his heavily praised, Spaghetti Factory released in early April. Be sure to stream Peewee Longway’s new mixtape, State of the Art, below and tell us what you think of the talented MC in the comment section!

Watch Maxo Kream & Da$h Talk About The Making of Their Hit Song, “Fetti”

Without a doubt, one of the most important songs of the SoundCloud generation over the past few years is “Fetti” by Maxo Kream, Da$h, and Playboi Carti. Influential as can be and undeniably timeless, this track has touched all corners of the rap world in some way, shape, or form, and it goes without saying that “Fetti” will still shut down a venue on any given night. Here on our pages to speak on the creation of the song, Maxo Kream and Da$h stopped by No Jumper the other day to talk about how such an iconic offering came together. Additionally, they speak on a plethora of other rap-related topics and hilarious stories, offering gem-worthy anecdotes than any rap fans will love to hear on Houston, Travis Scott, putting on for your city, and much more. This is a fantastic interview, so check it out below and run back “Fetti” here!

ROACHES – [Maxo Kream]

The long awaited visual for Maxo Kream’s song, “ROACHES” has finally gotten its music video debut. The song is off of Kream’s latest album, Punken, released in late January of this year. The new video depicts the gritty nature of the Houston rapper and his growth as a person and artist. Like the ghost of Christmas past, Kream watches his younger self growing up and dealing with the hardships that shaped his life and hustle. The song’s theme could not be better served than with a new video that clearly shows Maxo utilizing a bigger budget when it comes to the content in which he produces. This is the first offering we received from Maxo in the past five months leaving us hopeful for more music and visuals from the gifted MC. Watch the new video for “ROACHES” from Houston’s own, Maxo Kream below and tell us what you think in the comment section! photo by Cole Schwartz