|With hypnotic flows, refined lyrics, and excellent taste in production, Maxo Kream is the total package. Directing traffic in double-time over an apocalyptic Mitch Mula production, Maxo delivers a raucous party anthem on “Go.” Aided by the booming-voiced Houston upstart D. Flowers, whose dramatically raises the video’s energy level when he elbows his way to the foreground, Maxo brings out the block for the new video, mobbing in Southwest Houston with a gang of twenty good friends and a few junkyard dogs. Premiered by WorldStarHipHop, “Go” is the latest visual off Maxo’s acclaimed debut album.
Titled after one of Maxo Kream’s childhood nicknames, Punken takes a deep and revealing look into the rapper’s past, with Maxo mastering his storytelling ability and hypnotic flows atop forward-thinking production. Featuring appearances from Trippie Redd, 03 Greedo, and D. Flowers, and with production from The Wlderness, Beatboy, Sonny Digital, Ethereal, Honorable C Note, $uicideboy$, Tommy Kruise, Wolfe De Mchls, Teddy Walton, and MexikoDro, Punken builds upon 2015’s Maxo 187 and 2016’s The Persona Tape with emotionally and sonically diverse tracks sitting side-by-side with insane drug-dealing bangers. In their glowing review of the album Pitchfork praised the album as “full of unsparing storytelling, pusher anthems, and a dynamic array of trap production over which Maxo delivers some of his most effective writing.”
You can catch the Houston emcee on the nationwide Punken Tour, which kicked off on March 21st in San Francisco with a total of 21 stops supported by Cuz Lightyear. Tickets are available on Maxo Kream’s website.