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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

IDK & FRIENDS :) – [IDK]

IDK’s been teasing ‘IDK & FRIENDS :)’ for the past couple weeks, and today, the Maryland rapper dropped the 7-track project in full. As the title suggests, he brings in a tight circle of talent to help him out, including Rico Nasty, Wale, Denzel Curry, and Maxo Kream. Each collaborator feeds off explosive energy throughout the project, with IDK as the source of all the mayhem. He raps with bone-chilling conviction, offering more of the raw lyrical style that listeners have come to expect. On “Once Upon a Time”, him and Denzel Curry take a moment to stunt as they trade bars back and forth over a vintage-tinged beat. The party hits a peak on the track “Bad News”, thanks in part to Rico Nasty who’s in her bag over the bass-boosted Crypt-produced beat. Things escalate to another high on “OMG”, where Wale, who’s been having a huge year in terms of features, gives us yet another memorable verse. With ‘IDK & FRIENDS :)’, IDK’s assembled a 16-minute rollercoaster of a project—one that comes just in time for whatever weekends plans you might have in store. Listen below:

Moral – [IDK] Ft. [Maxo Kream]

I apologize because I am about a week late on this, but a few days back Maryland star IDK connected with Maxo Kream for an awesome new record titled “Moral”. Be prepared to fall in love with this addictive instrumental once you press the play button, before IDK jumped on the beat with an undeniably catchy hook and an even better verse, paving the way perfectly for the Houston native to come through & match his energy with a stellar contribution. Stream this brand new offering below and if you like the song be sure to check out our Q&A featuring IDK that we did a few weeks back!

Love Me // Leave Me – [Steven Moses]

Quite frankly, Steven Moses, formerly known as just “Moses”, is on the cusp of becoming a bona fide star in music. A few of his past offerings such as “Hotboy” and “Love Me” can attest to this sky-high potential, and by encapsulating such vivid emotion in all of his music, there’s no telling how far Steven Moses is bound to go. Today, he joins our pages with the release of a stellar debut project entitled Love Me // Leave Me. 8 tracks long, this tape seemingly takes listeners on a rollercoaster of a journey through the vivid trials and tribulations that the propitious young talent endures on the daily. There never seems to be a dull point where the music isn’t coming directly from Moses’ heart, and enhancing this are a few magnificent guest spots from Maxo Kream, diveliner, and Jaxxon D. Silva. That being said, the newest effort from Steven Moses sheds direct light on his star-potential, complete with an honest, well-crafted artistry. Be sure to click play on Love Me // Leave Me at the link below and let us know what you think in the comments!

Peep Montreality’s new interview with Juice WRLD & Ski Mask The Slump God

After a three week hiatus from their last interview with Maxo Kream, Montreality has returned, this time with a vengeance; tapping arguably two of the hottest names in hip hop right now, Juice WRLD and Ski Mask The Slump God. Known for their unique and outlandish questions, Montreality came correct once again with their eccentric rhetoric. Juice and Ski cover a tirade of topics from their favorite cartoons, video games, the realest bars Ski ever wrote, what Drake means to the culture, and so much more. This is an absolute must watch for any hip hop fan. Whether you’re a massive Juice or Ski fan, or just looking to learn more about the two superstars, this interview is entertaining and informative from start to finish. Get to know Juice and Ski on a different level when you check out the interview below: Via: Montreality

Watch Montreality’s new interview with Maxo Kream

Following last week’s gem of an interview with Ugly God, the latest to feature in an interview with Montreality is none-other than Houston spitter Maxo Kream. First firing off the acapella version of his WIlderness-produced Roaches, Maxo dove into the questions with insightful answers on the evolution of trap music, Rugrats conspiracy theories, Grand Theft Auto, the late Fredo Santana and so much more throughout the discussion. If you’re a regular here at LL you would know that our pages are flooded with Maxo but I guarantee you won’t find this type of information on the 28-year-old at any other place but the Montreality network. Having said that, get into the segment with Maxo Kream below and as usual, check out more from the Montreal-based creatives on their channel below! Via: MONTREALITY