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Meet MaxiMax, The DMV’s New “Problem Child”



MaxiMax is a rising Virginia-raised artist born in Washington, D.C. After thinking he would be a ball player, he transitioned to pursue his love for music. When he was young, his father was murdered, and later, his brother was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. These traumatic events led the talented musician to street life, ultimately deciding to step away from it to push for his music full-time. His new record, “Problem Child,” highlights the dynamic experiences of the young emcee growing up in the inner city.

His label Everybody Eats Label started back in 2021. They have dropped strong hits like “EBE Freestyle” and “Street Lights” before moving on to even bigger records. “Problem Child” is the first single of his forthcoming album, Pressure Makes Diamonds. Before his new album, he sat down with us to discuss his plans, new album, and much more.

Check out the new interview here!

Introduce yourself to the world that does not know who you are yet.

MaxiMax lives in effect from Alexandria, Virginia.

Your new tape is solid; what is your favorite record off the album, and why?

Soundtrack to My Life. It perfectly embodies where I am in my life and career. It’s the perfect balance between a crank and an in-depth look into my mind and emotions. The beat also goes wild. shout out to Juu2x.

What do you want fans to take from your new effort?

I want my fans to get to know me as an individual, not just as an artist but also as a father, son, brother, and husband. My music is my innermost thoughts brought to life, so I want fans to get to know me and relate with me. Music has been the catalyst to my most significant moments in life and the therapist for my most incredible hardships, so I want to bring the same experience I have gotten from my favorite rappers to my fans.

Where are you from? Also, how does your city help shape your sound? 

Alexandria, Virginia. We’re the underdog in the DMV but have the most competitive music scene: real artists, MCs, Lyricists. We have the classic gritty street vibe that the DMV gives you while at the same time bringing to the table a more refined and crafted sound. That being said, I’m a game student, so when it comes to our local music scene in the DMV, I’m sharp to everything going on with the sound. I take what I like combined with the outside influences that have constructed my sound and viola.

Who are some artists that influence your creative output? 

Drake and Future. 2 of my favorite artists of all time. Then, of course, my top 5 are 2pac: Biggie, Nas, Hov, and Em. I’m a big fan of the classics. On the flip side, I have a lot of newer influences like Durk, Baby, and Thugger, all of which push me to get into the studio and try things I never would have thought of. Rylo is another big one. He’s my current favorite rapper of all time, so you’ll hear a lot of influence from him in my music. The Michigan guys move me as well. You can listen to many hints from Babyface Ray, Veeze, GT, Icewear Vezzo, and Peezy in my music. Deebaby from Texas is another huge one for me currently. I’m a real live hip-hop nerd, so that I could go on forever about my influences.

What is your goal with music in general?

My five-year goal is to win a Grammy for Rap Album of the Year. Overall, I plan to have a long-lasting presence in the game; I’ve always felt as if I’m destined to go down with the greats.

Who are some of your dream collaborators?

Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, And Jhene Aiko. I’d love to work on the hip-hop end with Drake, Future, Lil Durk, Rylo Rodriguez, Babyface Ray, Veeze, GT, Baby Money, Icewear Vezzo, Yo Gotti, and Rick Ross. I could go on forever; I love music.

What are your plans after this project?

I want to keep working and pushing myself to the next level. I know the possibilities in this industry and life are limitless, and I’m always excited to see what’s next in store for me.

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2AM Ricky Hits iTunes Charts With New Single “Move,” A Win For Intersectionality In Music




2AM Ricky

2AM Ricky is a rising star hailing from Winston-Salem, NC, but now based in Atlanta, GA. He has dropped a summer anthem that’s more than just a catchy tune. His latest single, “Move,” is a fusion of funky house, EDM, and retro disco vibes, aimed at celebrating the intersectionality of the black queer experience within the broader community. The track, featuring the vocals of Miami native pop vocalist and songwriter GODZENA, with an official music video on the way. Just a week after it’s release, “Move” debuted at #12 on the iTunes Electronic Charts and quickly peaked at #3, making him the first black transmasc artist to reach iTunes Top 10. 

2AM Ricky, born and raised in the South, draws inspiration from his personal journey and experiences. His stage name, a tribute to his late brother and a nod to his grandmother’s wisdom, embodies his mission to open minds and hearts through his music. With “Move,” 2AM Ricky aims to create a space where masculine-presenting queer individuals, often marginalized in mainstream nightlife culture, can feel seen, heard, and celebrated.

The artist’s passion for music goes beyond entertainment; it’s a platform for social change and visibility. As a black trans man navigating the music industry, 2AM Ricky understands the importance of representation. He aims to amplify the voices of marginalized communities, using storytelling to inspire change and spark crucial conversations on intersectionality, mental health, and disparities faced by the black trans community.

Influenced by artists like Andre 3000, Anderson .Paak, and Tyler the Creator, 2AM Ricky’s music blends soulful melodies with relatable lyrics, reminiscent of the golden era of Hip-Hop and R&B. His latest single, ‘Move’, captures the energetic essence of the 70s, inviting listeners to embrace joy and liberation.

But 2AM Ricky’s journey doesn’t stop with ‘Move’. He’s gearing up for a whirlwind year of performances, kicking off with MoBiFest on June 8th in NYC. Additionally, fans can catch him in Season 2 of the hit series “TransWorld Atlanta,” offering a glimpse into his life and journey as an artist and activist.

Stay updated on 2AM Ricky’s music releases and tour dates. Be sure to follow him on social media:

As 2AM Ricky continues to make waves in the music industry, his commitment to amplifying marginalized voices and fostering inclusivity remains at the forefront. Through his artistry and activism, he’s not just making music. He’s paving the way for a more equitable and diverse music landscape.

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Marques Houston Returns To R&B With New Single “Last Drop”



Marques Houston returns to R&B after a two-year break with the buzzing new single “Last Drop.”

The 42-year-old entertainer is making a strong comeback with his new track from the upcoming album The Best Worst Year Ever. “Last Drop” is a romantic serenade that interpolates Tevin Campbell’s “Can We Talk.”

Houston sings, “I wanna be the one that you call when you’re feeling low / I wanna be the one you can call on, girl, that’s for sure.”

“I wanted to get back to my nostalgic roots by paying homage to one of my favorite songs of all time, ‘Can We Talk’ by Tevin Campbell,” said Houston about making the new track. “I love the way that song makes me feel and the power it has to take me back to a moment of my many crushes as a teen. I wanted to create a rendition of the song and make it today’s generation’s soundtrack for their crushes.”

“Last Drop” was co-written by Houston and Ryan Hirt, with Jeffrey Toney on production. The song’s video pays homage to classic R&B visuals, featuring scenes of Houston dancing and singing in the rain.

“Last Drop” follows the release of “Admit It” in January. Both tracks will be featured on Houston’s upcoming album, due later this year. Additionally, he is expected to announce a headlining tour soon.

His new project follows his 2022 EP, ME: Dark Water, which included collaborations with Ray J and Monteco. With “Last Drop,” Houston aims to reignite the excitement he once stirred as “Batman” of the 1990s boy band Immature, later known as IMx. This new single, released via Phoenix Music Group, marks his return to the music scene.

Stream Marques Houston’s new song “Last Drop” and watch the official video today.

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Rising hip-hop and Rap artist Wray is set to conquer airwaves and playlists across the nation with the release of her latest single, “This Ya Song.” Infused with infectious beats and empowering lyrics, “This Ya Song” is a party anthem that exudes the essence of female empowerment.

Produced by JBM.E, “This Ya Song” has already received overwhelming support pre-release. Wray’s initial reaction to the positive feedback was nothing short of immense gratitude, remarking, “It’s nothing like I’ve received in the past. Loving the positive feedback, and support and seeing people already dancing to it and approaching me to sing the hook.”

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Wray’s musical journey began with the release of her debut project, “Just the Beginning,” in 2019, and she has since gone on to become a powerful force in the hip-hop and Rap scene. Her artistry draws inspiration from a wide array of influences including Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, Lil’ Kim, Suga Free, and E-40, with Nipsey Hussle serving as a contemporary muse. Wray’s performances are known for their captivating fusion of lyrical mastery and dynamic choreography, showcasing her versatility both as a musician and a dancer.

Addressing the male-dominated music scene in LA, Wray confidently shares, “There’s always talk about the West Coast not having a top lady to represent since Yo-Yo. As far as the men in the industry, I don’t spend too much time being intimidated due to the fact I am confident enough to know I’m cold. Also, receiving positive feedback from men in music makes me more confident honestly! Men are very picky when it comes to female rappers. So just hearing it, confirms I’m in the same game but in my own lane. That’s what makes me stand out also.”

With “This Ya Song” marking the beginning of her future projects, Wray is poised to leave an indelible mark on the West Coast music industry with her distinctive style and unapologetic approach. Her powerful presence and unrelenting determination solidify her position as an artist to watch, setting the stage for a groundbreaking Summer ahead.

Listen to “This Ya Song” now on all major streaming platforms.

Follow Wray [@La.Wray] for updates on upcoming releases and performances.

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