Video: Maxo Kream – “Issues” (ft. Fredo Santana

Debuted by ELEVATOR Mag, the Houston Rapper and Chicago Wordsmith Come Together for Raw Visuals from Maxo 187 Mixtape


Critical Praise for Maxo Kream:

“This new Maxo Kream project might be one of the best things 2015 currently has to offer.” – HYPETRAK

“Over the last couple years, Maxo Kream has established himself as one of Houston’s most exciting young rappers by way of being one of Houston’s least traditionally minded artists.” – Noisey

“A sinister and visceral portrait of Houston street life.” – Pitchfork

The Video:

Houston rapper Maxo Kream continues his hot streak with the ELEVATOR Mag-premiered video for “Issues,” a bonus cut from his Maxo 187 project, which Complex named One of the Best Albums of 2015. Featuring Fredo Santana, the Bryan Zawlocki-directed visuals follow the two rappers in a graffiti-splattered abandoned lot as they flex gritty rhymes while draped in black and blue apparel. With a raw, vintage visual effect, the video further accents the single’s dark, atmospheric vibes. “Maxo Kream and Fredo Santana have a few issues but one of them is definitely not money,” ELEVATOR explained in their premiere post. The video follows “Big Homies,” a loose single that the duo released last month.

Released in March, Maxo Kream’s Maxo 187 also includes features from Joey Bada$$, Lamb$, The Sauce Twinz, Father, and LE$. “The record is a sinister and visceral portrait of Houston street life,” said Pitchfork in their review, while Passion of the Weiss named it their Album of the Month. “Maxo Kream has established himself as one of Houston’s most exciting young rappers by way of being one of Houston’s least traditionally minded artists,” stated Noisey in their premiere of Maxo 187. “This tape is a perfect encapsulation of the sound of hip-hop’s rapid synthesis of styles in the Internet era and the way the genre’s new underground heroes are bridging aesthetic and regional gaps,” Noisey said, adding, “more importantly, it is also fucking cool.

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Maxo Kream Background:

Upon meeting him, gangsta rapper isn’t the impression that most would get from buzzing Houston emcee, Maxo Kream, age 23. He has a surprisingly goofy and playful demeanor, often cracking self-aware jokes and displaying a smile with showcases either his gold grin or his trademark gap in the upper row of this 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.

Inspired by his college trip to SXSW and the fact that other street cliques throughout Houston such as FDAB (founded by late rapper T.O.Y, a childhood friend and Crip associate of Maxo) and MashMode (which has now resulted in the buzzing careers of Houston rap duo, The Sauce Twinz) were transitioning into music as a form of expression, Maxo and his younger cousin Lyndon (rap moniker Lyndo C), jumped into music. Now, front and center is Maxo Kream’s sophomore project, #Maxo187. With big name features and outstanding production, Maxo intends to show that he can compete with any emcee in the game.

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