Mixtape: Maxo Kream – #MAXO187
The 23-Year-Old Houston Rapper Enlists Joey Bada$$, Father, Fredo Santana For Features On His Sophomore Mixtape, Premiered By Noisey
“This new Maxo Kream project might be one of the best things 2015 currently has to offer.” – HYPETRAK
“Over the last couple years, Maxo Kream has established himself as one of Houston’s most exciting young rappers by way of being one of Houston’s least traditionally minded artists.” – Noisey
With more than a year between releases, 23-year-old rapper Maxo Kream is back with a gritty, captivating mixtape #MAXO187. “Maxo Kream has established himself as one of Houston’s most exciting young rappers by way of being one of Houston’s least traditionally minded artists,” states Noisey in their premiere of the project. “This tape is a perfect encapsulation of the sound of hip-hop’s rapid synthesis of styles in the Internet era and the way the genre’s new underground heroes are bridging aesthetic and regional gaps,” Noisey says, adding, “more importantly, it is also fucking cool.”
Maxo Kream’s #MAXO187 mixtape includes features from Joey Bada$$, Lamb$, The Sauce Twinz, Father, LE$, and Fredo Santana. “His storytelling has improved,” praises Complex, “with more thoughtful and varied songs that are drawn from his rough past as a gang member.” For a local Crip with a history of home burglary and drug-peddling dating back grade school, Maxo Kream takes a lighthearted approach to making music.
Dating back to 2014, Maxo has been teasing the #MAXO187 release with videos for singles “Clientele,” “End Zone,” and “Trigga Maxo,” as well as last week’s drop of the audio single “Cell Boomin.” Having set the bar high with 2013’s QuiccStrikes mixtape, which Complex named one of the year’s best releases to come out of Houston, Maxo Kream is already catching fire with this sophomore project, #MAXO187, as he’s sure to be making noise in his home state during SXSW in Austin later this month.
Listen to #MAXO187: https://soundcloud.com/maxo-kream/sets/maxo-187
Check out the Noisey premiere: http://noisey.vice.com/blog/maxo-kream-maxo187-mixtape-premiere-interview
Maxo Kream Background:
Upon meeting him, gangsta rapper isn’t the impression that most would get from buzzing Houston emcee, Maxo Kream, age 23. He has a surprisingly goofy and playful demeanor, often cracking self-aware jokes and displaying a smile with showcases either his gold grin or his trademark gap in the upper row of this teeth. But, make no mistake, Maxo’s backstory is a tale consisting of crime and death that would catch the attention of the most jaded followers of gangsta/trap rap.
Inspired by his college trip to SXSW and the fact that other street cliques throughout Houston such as FDAB (founded by late rapper T.O.Y, a childhood friend and Crip associate of Maxo) and MashMode (which has now resulted in the buzzing careers of Houston rap duo, The Sauce Twinz) were transitioning into music as a form of expression, Maxo and his younger cousin Lyndon (rap moniker Lyndo C), jumped into music. Now, front and center is Maxo Kream’s sophomore project, #Maxo187. With big name features and outstanding production, Maxo intends to show that he can compete with any emcee in the game.
“Cell Boomin”: https://soundcloud.com/maxo-kream/cell-boomin-ft-father
“End Zone”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGtCyxywwsA
“Trigga Maxo”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HW28GbO9q5k
Bio, pictures, and streams available here: http://www.audibletreats.com/maxo-kream