Upon meeting him, gangsta rapper isn’t the impression that most would get from Houston emcee Maxo Kream. He has a surprisingly goofy and playful demeanour, often cracking self-aware jokes and displaying a smile which showcases either his gold grin or his trademark gap in the upper row of his 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.
Since his debut in 2015, Maxo has evolved into one of rap’s most acclaimed and respected emcees, earning a reputation as a storyteller for his detailed accounts of his dark past. His 2018 album Punken earned ‘Best of 2018’ plaudits from Pitchfork, Noisey, The AV Club, FACT Mag and more.
Maxo released his critically-acclaimed major label debut Brandon Banks in July 2019. The album included the ChaseTheMoney-produced ‘Still’, ‘She Live’ with fellow Houston native Megan Thee Stallion, and the soulful ‘Meet Again’, listed by Esquire, Billboard and Vulture as one of the best songs of 2019. What is most prominent on the album is Maxo’s storytelling as he grapples with his newfound fame with no need to return to his previous life, but still being attached to friends and family in the street, who he is not quite able to lift out of their circumstances.