Maino Says He Respects Macklemore For Grammys Text To Kendrick Lamar

Maino willing to work with Macklemore, says Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' Grammy wins stem from misrepresentation at the Grammys.

Brooklyn rapper Maino recently addressed a handful of topics surrounding Seattle emcee Macklemore, including the rapper’s stance on equal rights and his post-Grammy text to Kendrick Lamar, during a conversation with Vlad TV.

When asked about Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ Grammy performance, which consisted of couples of various sexual orientations exchanging vows, Maino spoke on the prominence of gay culture in Hip Hop and also worldwide. According to the New York City emcee, he isn’t bothered by same sex relationships and says he’d be willing to work with Macklemore regardless of his push for equal rights.

“It’s prominent not only in Hip Hop, but it’s just prominent in the world…It’s to the point where like if that’s your thing, that’s your thing,” Maino said. “You know what I mean? It doesn’t bother me what your thing is because what your thing [is] doesn’t affect me. You understand? So, I’m not like phobic. Like ‘Oh, man. Oh shit, all these gays.’ You know what I mean? We living in a world where it is what it is. It’s to that point. Because Macklemore did that I think maybe—They so powerful at this point like it probably helped him. Would I turn around and still do a song with Macklemore after he done that? Yeah, I would.”

In addition to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ Grammy performance, Maino was also asked about the pair’s various Grammy wins, which included Best New Artist and Best Rap Album. Maino revealed that he wasn’t surprised by the Best Rap Album win due to the fact that Hip Hop has “always been misrepresented” at the annual awards show.

“It doesn’t surprise me…We’ve always been misrepresented at the Grammys,” he said. “I don’t think they really understand Hip Hop music. I don’t think they understand black culture, of course. A lot of those people that sit on the board that handle these things they’re not in tune with black culture. They don’t know. Of course it’s gonna be misrepresentation and discrepancies and stuff like that. Because if it wasn’t—Look what Macklemore did. He text the homie the same night like ‘Man, they jerked you’…I respected him. And which I like his music, period. I like dude. I was listening to him before. When he was just on the internet…We not in an industry where people really do that like where they really keep it all the way a hundred and really honest about things. You know, everybody hides their true intent and they feelings.”

Lastly, Maino questioned why artists in Hip Hop create boundaries when it concerns working with artists outside of the genre.

“Why should Hip Hop have boundaries? Why should we be bound to only do one or two different things? Like why can’t we—Why is it sky is the limit for us? Like why can’t I do a song with Macklemore or fuckin Bruno Mars or somebody like that without being looked at as ‘Oh, this nigga he crossing over. He selling out or whatever,’” Maino said. “I mean, it’s dumb because good music is good music. And that’s all it should be about it, dope music.”

Although Maino expressed his respect for Macklemore due to his post-Grammy text to Kendrick Lamar, there were other artists who weren’t as accepting of Macklemore’s message. Among those artists was Drake, who said the rapper’s text message “was wack as fuck.”

"I was like, 'You won. Why are you posting your text message? Just chill. Take your W, and if you feel you didn't deserve it, go get better. Make better music,'" Drake said while speaking with Rolling Stone earlier this month. "It felt cheap. It didn't feel genuine. Why do that? Why feel guilt? You think those guys would pay homage to you if they won?”

Maino’s commentary on Macklemore comes weeks after the rapper released his K.O.B. (King Of Brooklyn) mixtape. Released on February 4, the project includes guest appearances from T.I., French Montana and Meek Mill, among others.


  • JD

    I love how Maino says he'd be willing to work with Macklemore. Only hip hop junkies no who Maino is and even most of them can't name one of his songs. He's a nobody. His last attempt to get his name out involved him jackin the GOATS (2pac) name. F u c k Maino

  • Anonymous

    none of tha bullshit Maino said made any sense at all!

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  • Anonymous

    who the fuck is Maino???

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  • Anonymous

    An unpopular rapper, who claims to be "real", is commending a bitch move made by a terrible but popular rapper? Someone's fiending for a feature.

  • Mr. Marcus

    This nigga's dickridin

  • mitchodinero

    macklemore is not rap or hiphop i don't hate but call it what it is pop music

  • mitchodinero

    why is this news does anyone care what manio says not really

  • Timbo

    After looking at the comments on this website it's clearly obvious that hip hop's dead because of the retarded fans! They fucking killed it by being dumb as fuck and buying trash instead of quality, skilled & real artist. Only Hip-Hop is held to a different standard than every other genre of music. Other genres don't have a culture of music, besides the music, that dictates the music. Blues doesn't have a blues society that is incorporated along with it like hip hop does with rap music. They don't tell the artist hes weak over a short time span because hes getting older? I mean what the fuck? If you still create good music than why not support them? Why say fuck em they faded when art masterpieces can be created at any age. Besides Rap has the most horrible stage performances ever created. Artist should practice on their live set before attacking any other rapper for publicity. Hip Hop needs to stay the fuck out of Rap's way and just enjoy the music.

    • Anonymous

      "Besides Rap has the most horrible stage performances ever created. Artist should practice on their live set before attacking any other rapper for publicity." I saw Eminem, Kendrick and J. Cole live last week. It was one of the best shows I;ve ever seen.

    • pewpew

      I farted and shit my pants.....swag!

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    my best friend's sister-in-law makes $71 hourly on the laptop . She has been without work for five months but last month her income was $12576 just working on the laptop for a few hours. straight from the source >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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    latent gays says asian girls are hot, because they have no boobs or ass and their body looks like a teenage boy.... lmao

  • Anonymous

    I don't respect Maino for respecting Macklemore all while cheerleading Kendrick.

  • pewpew

    I frequent this site often, but if this is news to yall its time for a new hobby I think.

  • pewpew

    no one cares what this guy thinks...why is this news

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