News: Maino Talks Debut LP Success, "Jay-Z Didn't Blow Up Off His First Album"

Wednesday, Jul 15, 2009 11:30AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Rap newcomer Maino has weighed in on his first album's overall success and why artists like Jay-Z and T.I. did not receive their current rap star status until later in their careers.

Speaking on "success," Maino pointed out the misconceptions with record sales.

"If it all ended today, I exceeded all expectations put on my life," he wrote via a blog entry. "For me to have lived the way I lived and make a career out of it to get to the point to be able to put out an album. It's hard just to get to that point. That's a success story in itself...We living in a time when records are not selling like they used. First and foremost, everybody looks at Jay Z, TI and Lil Wayne and say that's what they want. Everyone has to understand that Jay Z didn't blow up off his first album..he wasn't the Jay Z as we know him....neither was TI. All these people, put they work in...they dropped albums and they kept going and going and built they fanbase that way. Look at 2pac...look at most successful artists. What you don't get on the first keep growing, build your core and keep going. It's a marathon, not a sprint." (Global Grind)

The rapper previously shared his reaction to selling just under 20,000 copies of If Tomorrow Comes... last week.

"First off u can't measure me by wut I didn't sell, bcause just afew yrs ago I was an inmate," Maino wrote via Twitter. "So that's 18000 people riding wit me. Plus 'all the above' is almost a million sold so I'm still bringing a Platinum plaque back to Brookiyn! Unstoppable!!! Let's get it!" (Maino's Twitter)

Maino's debut landed within Billboard's Top 50 upon its release.

"Hi Hater" hitmaker Maino's long-awaited If Tomorrow Comes... album also debuted this week resting at No. 25. With a week under his belt, the Brooklyn, New York-bred emcee's debut has sold 18,300 records. (SOHH Sales Wrap)

He previously spoke with SOHH about his new music video with Swizz Beatz called "Million Bucks."

"It was crazy," he explained. "When Swizz first played it for me I said, 'Come on Swizz, I don't got a million dollars man.' He said, 'Nah, but I got a million dollars.' And we laughed. I found a way to be me without trying to look like I was more rich than what I was portraying. I didn't want to come off like I'm more richer than what I really am. It's a song about trying to spread love in the hood and giving back so I made it more or less like that." (SOHH)

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