This Tuesday (February 4), Brooklyn rapper Maino is scheduled to release his K.O.B. (King Of Brooklyn) mixtape. With the king of Brooklyn title often used to describe some of the New York City borough’s most noted emcees, Maino was asked if the likes of the late Notorious B.I.G, Jay Z, and Fabolous are okay with his use of the title.
During his interview on the Whoolywood Shuffle, the Brooklyn lyricist said that Biggie would be “okay” with it and Jay Z likely isn’t too concerned with his use of the title.
“Biggie okay with that, man,” Maino said. “Jay Z the king of the world. He ain’t thinking about me, man…He don’t care about my antics and my ways. He don’t give a fuck. Straight up.”
Later in the interview, Maino was asked how the newly-released, street anthem “What They Want” came about. Featuring only New York City-based artists, “What They Want” includes verses from Maino, Raekwon, Uncle Murda, and Troy Ave.
“I got a call from Murda,” he said. “Shout out to Uncle Murda, that’s my guy. He called me, was like ‘Yo, I got this record. I’m up here working with [Jay Wonder]. This record is crazy. I’m telling you, it’s crazy’…I said ‘Yo, alright, alright. Cool.’ He said ‘I need you to come into the studio soon, man.’ I said ‘I’ll be up there tomorrow.’ And I came and I heard it and I said ‘wow.’ I was impressed. And I knocked my part out right then and there. You know what I’m saying? It just came together…I think the record is necessary. You know what I mean? And it shows New York niggas again standing together, man. It ain’t no hate. It ain’t no bullshit.”
Maino also commented on the shift in his city’s energy and the need for artists to begin supporting each other again.
“The energy in the city is different,” Maino said. “You know what I’m saying? I dropped that ‘What Happened’ with Kiss and we checked a couple of niggas and then we put things in perspective. We trying to get back our city to where we supporting each other a lot more. I got the joint out there with me, T.I., and French. Me, Troy Ave, and Meek Mill. We dropping that K.O.B. project this Tuesday. That’s February 4.”
Late last year, Maino came to the defense of those in New York City after Atlanta rapper Trinidad James called out the city and informed those in attendance at November’s Converse Rubber Tracks show that the South runs New York City musically.
Maino later demanded an apology from James during a phone conversation and also offered his own critique of New York City rappers during an interview with Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club.
“We so disorganized and we so [untapped] with each other and we don’t support each other [or] nothing,” he said while speaking with The Breakfast Club. “This is what happens. And I’ve said this before. What’s stopping anybody else from saying whatever they saying? People ain’t got no respect for our city cause we ain’t got no respect for each other.”