Maino wants respect. And that need to be respected has been earning him the ears of Hip Hop fans since 2003 through. After becoming a breakout star on the mixtape and street DVD circuit, the Brooklyn rapper signed with Universal Records. Due to the usual politics and okie-doke, the signing only served as an obstacle instead of a blessing and the two parties parted ways in 2007.

Despite the setback, Maino adopted his Hustle Hard mentality and moved operations across town to Atlantic. After proving himself to have mainstream potential with the success of his lead single,