News: Maino Talks Jay-Z, "We Don't Produce Stars No More, We Still Stuck On The Old"

Friday, Jun 26, 2009 10:45AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Rap newcomer Maino has voiced his thoughts on the public's firm grip of hip-hop moguls like Jay-Z and the damaging effect it has on new emcees from the Big Apple trying to make a name for themselves.

While avoiding verbal jabs at Jigga, Maino did, however, question why his signing of Uncle Murda to Def Jam never materialized into an album.

"Who's New York's biggest star, Jay-Z right?," Maino asked in an interview. "So you mean to tell me that there is no one capable of becoming a Jay-Z? The problem with New York is that we don't produce stars no more we still stuck on the old stars. I don't think that it's just that n*ggas can't make good music. Take me for example. I have proved hands down that I make good music right? But when Jay-Z puts out a record its gone be like, the biggest thing since the steering wheel...I'm glad Diddy signed Red Cafe cause nowhere [else] is opening up an avenue for a new n*gga. Instead of concentrating so much on his self, he opening it up for a new n*gga. Murda was signed nothing came out of that...The OG's school you...So it being no camaraderie and no connection it makes it that much harder for a n*gga to make it to that point to be a Jay-Z." (Rap Radar)

The rapper previously spoke on the lack of new emcees stemming from the Big Apple.

"When you think of New York, you think of certain artists that have been around for years," Maino explained in an interview. "I don't have no problems with them because they paved the way for a dude like me. But all I'm saying is they've done what they've done already. They made their mark in the game, they made their money, they made the opportunities, they fed their family, it's time to bring New York forward...I feel like right now I'm the future. I'm one of the new faces of New York, if not the only one right now. What other new artist you seeing from New York who has music that's rapping, not singing?" (Hard Knock TV)

Jadakiss also discussed the decline in New York's rap music quality earlier this year.

"New York took a hit when everybody started getting money," Kiss said in an interview. "Everybody was doing alright in record sales. Everybody had some success but then the ego started playing a part. From then, nobody wanted to do songs with each other. N*ggas were on some, 'I'm not f*cking with that n*gga. I'm not doing that!' That hurt everybody in a whole and everybody stopped dropping albums. Then wherever, the South, the West came, linked up, and collected that money for certain amont of years. I just feel like this is going to give everybody some sense of inspiration to come. you got Fab[olous] coming. You got more north artists that's gon' come back. you know Red [Cafe] is doing his thing. Maino is doing his thing. This gon' give everybody motivation to put music out, so then, nobody has to sit down and complain." (Hip Hop Game)

Along with his upcoming debut album later this month, Maino recently dropped a new documentary called Unstoppable.

"A lot of industry people didn't believe in me when I first started pounding the streets," he said via a statement. "Many said I wouldn't make it off of mixtapes, now look...my album is dropping June 30th. Haters inspired me to write my last two hit records. Unstoppable is the story of my life and struggles to get to the position I'm in now. I had a rough life growing up and nothing ever happened the way it was supposed to happen to me, so I'm accustomed to being turned down." (Statement)

If Tommorw Comes is currently scheduled to hit stores Tuesday, June 30th via Atlantic Records.

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