Today we are chilling with an underground rapper who has been on the grind for a while now. We first caught a glimpse of Maximuz on the Digital Dynasty mixtape series. Now today we are kicking it with the homie. On an unusually mild day on the East Coast we had to reach out to the South and pick Max’s brain. It went something like this..
HipHopLEAD: For starts where did the name come from?
Maximuz: The maximum effect is always the highest level of performance. It comes from that whole concept of trying to get the most out of self. I thought it would be a great idea to apply that to my own philosophy. There’s a deeper meaning to my name but I’ll let the listeners figure it out.
HipHopLEAD: It’s almost like your content is something an RnB artist can use. It’s not often that emcees focus on the aspects of relationships so much. Do you think showing that side should be more prevelant in most artists??
Maximuz: Yes and no. If it’s done right then cool. If not, why bother? Its about balance. If you’re a man and you love a woman, it’s critical that you express how you feel about that union. However, it can’t be one sided, you got to express the down side of it too. The arguments, fussing, fighting, and all that stuff. That’s only 1/4 of what I talk about in my work. Relationships are only a small part of it. I touch on a wide range of topics. You should want the listeners to think and ask questions.
HipHopLEAD: Why is it you think the south continues to make a heavy noise, and a lot of West and East artists don’t go on a mainstream level any more?
Maximuz: First off before I answer that, I’d like to say this… I want to see everyone do well. It’s all about the music. At the end of the day the consumer’s will have the last word. They’re going to decide on what’s hot and what’s not. If it’s the south, then they’ll continue to spend that bread on the south. I can see artists from both sides (east & west) utilizing their talents and ascending to a more mainstream level. The labels make it hard on them because from a business standpoint they don’t give a fuck about the culture. It’s about the dollar. What works? What sales? When the CORPORATION see’s what works, they use it up until it’s gone.
HipHopLEAD: That’s def. real talk. So what obstacles and real life experiences made you come up with “Woman and Man”?
Maximuz: In this type of climate, with so much uncertainty when it comes to gender, I think it’s important to up hold that bond between woman & man. What could be better? When a man comes home to his woman, she’s loyal to him. She cooks, she cleans, believes in the most high. She Wants to bare his children, you’re a team. That’s real to me. Your job as a man is to protect & provide. Keep that bond tight. We need more of that in all communities. In particular the black community. We need each other now more than ever. I wrote a new record about that, visually you’ll be able to see what I’m saying, it’s a cool record.
HipHopLEAD: What is coming from you next as far as mixtapes or albums?
Maximuz: I’m about to hit the studio and record something new for the Digital Dynasty series. I’ve been on Vol. 12 which was hosted by Xzibit and Vol. 15 which was hosted by Naughty by Nature. I was also featured on the Outlaw Culture vol. 3 lp… Much respect to the Lawz! Then I’ll do my own mix-tape and then I’ll drop a few singles, then release the album. The full length lp will be available through iTunes, amazonmp3 and all digital outlets world wide.
HipHopLEAD: What is your favorite record off the project so far?
Maximuz: “Repeat”…it’s Similar to R-Kelly’s step. If any DJ in the world plays that record the crowd would instantly love it! It’s a cool record. With a lil’ more work, I believe it could become something special. If Kelly or The Dream had my record it would do something serious. Another one of my favorites is “Ring Master” (electric chair) it’s a very aggressive record. I could get in a lotta trouble releasing that shit (laughs). It’s brutal… That’s Mad Max style all day!
HipHopLEAD: Who were your influences to get into music?
Maximuz: Sara Vaughan, Curtis Mayfield , Al Green, Sade, The Ohio Players, Marvin Gaye, John Lee Hooker, Miles Davis, Richard Pryor, Tupac Shakur, Michael Jackson, Prince, Rick James, Bob Marley, R-Kelly, Missy Elliot, Timberland, Pharell Williams, John Lennon, The beatles, Erykha Badu, Cee Lo Green, Andre 3000, Big Boi, lil Wayne, Mannie Fresh, Goodie Mob, UGK, Scarface, Rakim, Nas, Jay-Z, Chuck D, PE, A Tribe Called Quest, Will Smith, Dj Jazzy Jeff, Dj Rashida, Dj Spinderella, KRS-ONE, Biggie, Big Stretch, Live Squad ,The Outlawz, Naughty by Nature,Thug Life, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Warren G, Nate Dogg, Daz, Kurupt, DJ Quik, Big Syke, Bone Thugs.
HipHopLEAD: WOW! What a list. Any features worth mentioning on the upcoming project?
Maximuz: Can’t say, I’ll let cha know… stay tuned.
HipHopLEAD: One of the dopest songs we heard from you was on DD15 (Hosted by Naughty By Nature) was the song “Paws On Her Panties.” Does it almost frustrate you that a good record like that is hard to get on the radio?
Maximuz: Hell yeah! Man look, that’s a good ass record! I got a few like that on my master cassette. I could’ve done a much better job on it vocally, hook wise, etc. As far as radio goes, again, it’s the corporation behind that. That stuff on the radio is payola! You got the green, you get the spin. That’s why I don’t listen to the radio. Haven’t listened to it years. Shit, last time I listened to the radio I was in middle school. Seriously, it’s a joke. I’m glad y’all liked the track though, i appreciate that. The track “Paws On Her Panties” will be available on iTunes soon. Be on the lookout for that!!!
HipHopLEAD: Side Bar .. we found it interesting and ironic you had that song about “paws” and the chick on the back cover had tattoo paws on her ass!! (Laughs)
Maximuz: (Laughs) Yeah I know! I didn’t know it was going to be on there either. Crazy! When I saw it, I was like, well I’ll be… Snoop and the Pound are some of my earlier influences so, that record makes sense if you a fan of what they do.
HipHopLEAD: If by some chance music doesn’t pan out for you what will you be doing 5 years from now?
Maximuz: Teaching. I want to free the minds of my people. I want to tell the youth of the ghetto about our story. I’m going to give lectures on the Ancient Nubian/Kushite/KMT culture, point presentation and slides. The things our ancestors did on this planet, man, (shaking head) it’s unreal.
I’ve done 7 years worth of research on this matter. What I found out changed the way I look at myself, my culture, and this entire planet. I know how we fit into the dynamics of this existence and I tell ya, there’s nothing like it! We’re blessed. We’re the sun, the moon, the stars, the planets and the entire universe. We encompass all things. We went from Gods & Goddesses, to Kings & Queens, to slaves on boats, to pimps & hoes? Why is it like that? And most importantly why aren’t we doing anything about it? It’s about enforcing mind strength. No one can define who we are, only we can do that.
HipHopLEAD: Here at HipHopLead.com we like to ask our features some questions that really are out of the norm. We do this because it gives the fans a broader outlook on you. So lets get it cracking …. What is the dopest city you ever been too?
Maximuz: Outside of N.O. and H-Town, I really haven’t traveled much. I’m confident that will change after I release a few albums. I’m trying to see the whole world, not just the states. It’s all about the music. If it’s good, you’ll go places.
HipHopLEAD: If you had a chance to go back and rewind time to fix one thing would you do it?
Maximuz: No… I say that because everything that happened in my life happened for a reason. It made me who you I’m today. It’s about finding yourself in this experience. Reality is the dream and the dream is reality. You can spend your whole life chasing something and miss out on your true calling. The greatest gift you’ll every find is yourself…
HipHopLEAD: After you pointed out such a long inspirational list .. lets narrow it down to who’s Maximuz Top 5 favorite rappers of all time??
Maximuz: 1. TUPAC; 2. ANDRE 3000; 3. NAS; 4. JAY Z; 5. BIGGIE
HipHopLEAD: Who is the dopest member of Slaughterhouse in your opinion?
Maximuz: 1,2,3 & 4… All of them! Those guys are true lyricists. They deserve to be successful. With Eminem as there mentor, I think the sky’s the limit. They’ll do well.
HipHopLEAD: Popeyes or KFC?
Maximuz: I try to stay away from it, but if I’m starving Popeyes…
HipHopLEAD: Esther Baxter or Melissa Ford?
Maximuz: Much love & respect to those two. Let’s see, Miss Ford’s a Scorpio. She’s nothing to play with. She’s very articulate, very intelligent. I could listen to her speak all day. Miss Baxter is just an incredibly beautiful woman. She’s a doll. I think her best feature is her eyes. Look, I could spend all day talking about those two, I’ll just stop there. I can’t pick one, that’s impossible. If I could make the perfect woman, I’d start with them.
HipHopLEAD: Back To The Norm…. Name 1 song you’ve done that will have the HipHopLead.com viewers hooked!?
Maximuz: I’m working on it. I could have a bunch of good records and not even know it. I’ve listened to it so many times that, it’s like whatever. I’d like to see how others respond to it. When you hear it for the first time it’s special.
HipHopLEAD: Thanks for hollering at us and in closing give any shoutouts….links to your sites….F.U.’S or whatevers clever.
Maximuz: Yeah, much luv to all my followers on twitter! This is my link @tr3max Follow back, show me luv! I’ll save the F.U.’S for the album!