Fueled by critically acclaimed recognition, Emekwanem Qgugua Biosah Jr., better known by stage name Maxo Kream, invades Orange County on his headlining “Punken Tour”.
“West Coast shows are always the best shows,” he says. “The fans show out and they are real fans; they’re not there to just be cool and stand around.”
Punken is the debut album by the TSO Music Group/Kream Clicc. Released in January, the 27-year-old “Cell Boomin” hit maker began touring in-support of the album this week, with the first night beginning in San Francisco Wednesday (March 21st). The second stop on the tour continues through California as Maxo headlines his very first show inside live entertainment venue, The Observatory.
On Punken, Maxo balances between witty braggadocio and raw, vivid storytelling, flowing over gritty yet ethereal soundscapes with his usual panache. The 14-track full-length album features a guest appearance by fellow new music sensation Trippie Redd (“Poles1469”). Popular music publication Pitchfork calls Maxo’s debut album impressive.
“Maxo has always been an impressive rapper and an imposing force, maximizing his thunderous voice, but Punken has his most effective writing, his most complete performances, his most engrossing setups, and his most enduring images.”
Maxo Kream is best known for his new hit single, “Mars (2017),” featuring Lil Uzi Vert, which is alsoon Punken. The new album also supported by fan-favorites, “Bussdown”, “5200”, and “Grannies”. Maxo knows fans demand the hits from his live performances. “I don’t really have a favorite (song),” he assures. “But it’ll be dope to see what the crowd reacts to the most.”
“Grannies” is Maxo’s highest streamed song to-date. Approaching 5 Million streams on the popular streaming service, Spotify. Other Maxo songs like “Bussdown” and “Mars” have accumulated over 1.5 million streams equally.
Opening for Maxo Kream is Mass Appeal Records recording artist Cuz Lightyear. Personally requested by Maxo himself he says, “Cuz Lightyear is a real dude, a real artist, and grinds. So it was only right.”
The Atlanta native is best known for his debut EP, What Up Cuz. Maxo Kream is featured on Lightyear’s debut song, “FOH”, along with guest features by Run the Jewels’ Killer Mike and California recording artist G. Perico.
For his first headlining performance on the West Coast, Maxo anticipates a cinematic moment. “Fans get to see me rock the crowd. I feel like I’m one of the best performers out here so it’s always a movie with me.”
Maxo Kream performs with Cuz Lightyear live inside Constellation Room at The Observatory Friday night (March 23rd). For full details, click here.
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