News: Maino Confident In Selling Ability, "My Single Is Platinum, Numbers Don't Lie"

Thursday, Oct 29, 2009 1:50PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

New York rapper Maino recently discussed remaining relevant in the rap game and announced plans to begin working on an untitled sophomore album.

Citing his "All of the Above" hit single as proof, Maino argued that his numbers reflect his relevancy.

"Like Jay-Z said, 'People lie, but numbers don't,'" Maino reasoned in an interview. "If you look at the numbers, I'm probably the most consistent new artist from New York. When you step outside of New York, I'm one of the only new artists from New York that get spins all over the country. My single is platinum; numbers don't lie. We bringing the plaque back to Brooklyn. I'm running around like I ain't never had nothing before. They gonna say, 'We seen Maino walking up Fulton [Street] with a platinum plaque.' Got-d*mn right [My new album] it's coming. I'm putting out a new record next week. I ain't gonna talk about it; I'm just gonna put it out." (MTV)

Maino's debut album, If Tomorrow Comes..., landed within Billboard's Top 50 over the summer.

"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 later shared his reaction to the album's placement on the charts via Twitter.

"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)

Fellow New York rapper Saigon recently described his opinion on the lack of new artists from the Big Apple.

"All of us got caught up in the emergence of the South movement," Sai said about the delay of New York rap newcomers. "All of us came on the scene when the South was really makin' their move to take over. The record companies was like 'F*ck the New York n*ggas, the South sh*t is where it's at.'...All labels look at are radio spins really. If you can get a record up to 400, 500 spins on your own, they gonna come give you a record deal right away. They don't even have to listen to the song, they just need to see how many spins you got. Us from New York, you're not gonna get 500 spins on your own unless your name is Jay-Z, unfortunately now Drake or Lil Wayne but even before they came out New York is one of the biggest cities in the world and this is our backyard. It's much easier for somebody from a smaller market where you're the local hero, we New Yorkers and we got to get our records played against Jay-Z, Nas, Busta Rhymes, the biggest artists in the world. When you're a new artist it's not easy to break in New York, it's easy to break in Atlanta, it's easy to break in Chicago even because they support their local artist, but our local artists Jay, Nas, Busta, 50 Cent, and we gotta compete against them. Who's gonna get the spot, immediately at the beginning of the discussion somebody like me would get knocked off. I love being from here but it's hard to break here. The last artist to break from here really was 50 Cent because all the stars lined up for him, [Eminem] co-signed for him." (Q The Question)

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