By Jack Barnes
Houston’s Maxo Kream has earned the respect of his peers with his hypnotic cadences, intricate narrative rhyming style, and ear for cutting edge production. This includes Philadelphia’s chart-topper Lil Uzi Vert, who joins Maxo on new single “5200,” currently sitting on Spotify’s Most Necessary playlist, and “Grannies,” which has been streamed over 5M times. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump.
After breaking out in 2015 with the critically acclaimed Maxo 187, Maxo Kream elevated his artistry with The Persona Tape, released in June 2016. Featuring appearances from fellow Houston rapper Paul Walland rising Atlanta rappers Playboi Carti, Key!, and Rich the Kid, the tape finds Maxo Kream exploring the intricacies of his public profile and how he is perceived. “Your persona is how you carry yourself,” said Maxo Kream to Complex. “It tells people everything about who you are, so it’s more important than a social security number. This tape is everything I’m about. Persona shit.” Featuring tracks such as the grime-tinged “Big Worm,” which earned co-signs from Skepta and Wiley, and garnered nearly 1.7 million SoundCloud plays in the process, and video singles such as “G3” and “Smoke Break,” The Persona Tape was one of the most celebrated rap releases of the year. Also in 2016, Maxo toured the nation with Danny Brown, and provided a guest verse to “Running Man,” the first Cool Kids track since 2011. Maxo will make further strides in 2017, refining his aesthetic, perfecting his bars, and winning new fans in the process.
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