As the summer continues to heat up, Brooklyn rapper Maino recently talked about keeping hot music on deck and holding the title as the most consistent New York rapper to date.
Promising his days of getting involved in physical altercations have ceased, Maino said the primary focus now is taking his brand to the next level.
“We trying to get to a whole ‘nother level, we trying to get to that next money, we trying to get to that next level, we putting out hot records,” Maino explained in an interview with radio host Bootleg Kev. “At the end of the day, people can say whatever they want to say about me but they gotta keep it real. Since I’ve been out, coming from New York, there ain’t been a new New York artist that’s been more consistent than me and have more hits than me since I’ve been out. You understand? Everybody that’s from New York has been before me. It is what it is. We back again.” (Bootleg Kev)
Last month, Maino gave his opinion on the state of New York hip-hop.
“Since I came on the scene, which would be like 2008, everybody’s been asking me, ‘What’s the state of New York hip-hop,’ but if you’re actually paying attention to New York hip-hop, there’s actually a lot going on,” Maino explained in an interview with DJ Skee. “It’s just that we haven’t been able to connect with the rest of the country all the time. It’s a lot of great music out there. There’s dudes like Lloyd Banks, you got Jim Jones, you got Fabolous, you got a lot of artists connecting but we got to get back into the habit of making music broad and music that not only New York can vibe to but the West Coast and the South.” (Skee Sports)
In July, The LOX’s Jadakiss credited artists like Maino and Jay-Z for keeping the Big Apple hot.
“I feel New York is doing d*mn good,” Kiss said in an interview. “You still got me here, [Styles P], Sheek Louch, Fab, Uncle Murda, Maino, Joell Ortiz, Nas, Hov, you know. New cats, Fred the Godson, we good. We’ll be all right. Don’t worry about New York at all. We’re gonna be around. When the trumpets blow, we’re still gonna be here. For real.” (“Femme Fatale Mixshow”)
Last year, LOX’s Styles P pointed out the lack of unity amongst some New York rap acts.
“I think unity among New York rappers is cool,” he said in an interview. “I think if you a New York rapper you bred different and me being a follower of New York rap, being a follower of hip-hop and real emcee’s I can say that I’ve never really heard Kool G. Rap and Rakim on a song — you know it’s a lot of emcees I ain’t hear on a song so I think it’s supposed to be competitive in New York. I think it’s bred to be competitive, I’m cool with everybody else but if you ask me who’s the best, my click of course.” (Miss LS)
Check out Maino’s interview below: