Maxo Kream is one of the toughest rappers coming out of Houston. With the release of his toiling, dark, and autobiographical album Punken, Maxo has cemented himself as one of the city’s most authentic trap artists. Yet, as he revealed in a new interview with Audiomack, were it not for Travis Scott’s words of encouragement, Maxo Kream would have never started rapping.
“Travis Scott the reason why I started rapping,” he said. “Like, he know me like, for shooting up parties and shit back in the day. He like, 'Bro, you needa rap, bro... get on your Biggie shit.' I'm like, 'Shut the fuck up,' but then he kept telling me this shit, so I really got into this shit. We go way back, way back.”
It would be difficult to imagine the Houston rap scene without a heavy-hitter like Maxo Kream, but this is also a story of friendship and trust. Yes, sometimes your friends will lie to you about your talent to save face, but any solid artist (see: Jay Rock) will be ready and willing to receive constructive criticism from those closest to them.
In the case of Maxo Kream, Scott’s annoying encouragement eventually pushed him to pick up the mic and start putting his life story to wax. If you hear, or say, something enough times, chances are it will come true.
Manifestation and the law of attraction are real, and with Maxo Kream, it’s resulted in some of the year’s best trap music.
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