As students prepare to hit campus, Maino explains the feeling of going back school as a Brooklyn youngster and how fashion ruled the day.
Maino said his fondest back to school memories involved showing off his new clothes.
“That was my whole reason of going the first week of school because I had the outfits which I don’t think is very good because we put too much emphasis on the clothes and the outfits then we do actually learning. That’s where I went wrong,” he said. “The first day of school was big for the hood because I was all about your clothes it wasn’t about nothing else. That’s why I went. I missed every day of the year but I went to the first day. Too much emphasis on the clothes it should be more on the actual learning because these kids need to really get their education. It’s important. I messed up half of my life because of that. I wasn’t thinking about class. I was thinking about going to school with the outfit on and how many people was going to see me.” (SOHH)
Maino recently shared his reaction to his debut album, If Tomorrow Comes… selling just under 20,000 copies in it’s first 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)
In light of his first week numbers, 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 one..you keep growing, build your core and keep going. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.” (Global Grind)
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