Author: Joycelynn Okezie
Atlanta rapper Maui Max comes back with a vengeance in his Quistix produced single “Sqwad”. Underrated for a while, he is someone you can say made it from nothing. The single serves as a track that is good for club audience but also a conscious record for anyones playlist.
Maui Max reminds me of West Coast artist Cozz. He has mastered his sound and built his sqwad as he progressed. Sqwad is a cool and simple warning to his competition. Take a listen to “SQWAD” above.
Check out Maui Max’s recent Q&A with Swisher:
When and why did you decide to make music your career?
I started about 2 years ago. I’ve been writing little verses here and there since I was 15, but didn’t take it serious until I was featured on one of my friends songs just for the experience. When I received the feedback for my part in the song, that’s when I knew this is what I wanted to do.
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in other artists who have come before me; artist that are in the same lane, lyrically, as me. We all talk about the same things, but I want to bring a more modern approach to rap.
What artists do you admire past and present?
Dom Kennedy is my favorite rapper. Jay Z, Curren$y, Wiz, Devin the Dude, J. Cole, Rockie Fresh, Cousin Stizz and Schoolboy Q are a handful of artists I can tell you off top. I just recently took a liking to Tory Lanez.
Where do you hope to be in five years?
Reaching the youth and older crowds, and touching everyday people with my music. I see myself being one of the biggest artist in what I do and being one of the most influential figures in music.
What is your favorite thing about Atlanta?
The culture, everyone sticks together and supports each other. It’s VERY festive.
If you could collaborate with another up-and-coming artist, who would it be?
I have a few. I love the music coming from my own colleagues. We’re all cool but we just haven’t worked yet and that would be Zip K (who’s also killing the show), Sy Ari Da Kid, WDNG Crshrs (Quentin Miller & TheCoolisMac), Damar Jackson, Tuki Carter & Kris J . I also would like to work with artists like Money Makin’ Nique, Cousin Stizz, & Michael Christmas.
If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing right now?
I really don’t know, probably preparing for a job I don’t want. Maybe somewhere behind the scenes or in media.