Maxo Kream – Quiccstrikes
For a guy who’s got sizzurp dripping off his beard and eyes glowing the same color on the cover, Maxo Kream is a lot more on point than you’d expect him to be. Fresh off the streets of Houston, Texas, Maxo wears his doubletime flow like a Roley, lowkey like he was born with it. Through 14 tracks, there’s nary a slow flow to be found, as if he’s living too fast to stop and dumb it down for you.
Instead, we get taken for a ride through the shadows. “Lewinsky” and “Whitney Houston” were two early Youtube favorites that popped before this tape dropped (including the intro, notice the overt Lil’ B influence?); “Hella Yellas” is what happens when Art of Noise sniffs speed; guests like A$AP Ant and Le$ provide contrasts in tempo, but even on a song called “Purple City Stars”, Maxo’s rapidfire wins out. He’s frenetic, high-energy, and fun to listen to. That’s more than you can say for most of today’s hypebeast blog rappers.