Maxo Kream tells a bunch of intriguing stories in “WEIGHT OF THE WORLD.”
HONORABLE MENTION. WHAT I LOOK LIKE
I’m not going to lie, while Maxo Kream certainly does his thing in “WHAT I LOOK LIKE,” Freddie is the one that makes the song a decent listen. Freddie Gibbs f**king blacks out in “WHAT I LOOK LIKE.” His lone verse in the song features exceptional flows, tons of well-needed hood pizazz, and a good mix of savage and humble lyrics. Literally, Freddie flipped the song’s boring-ass beat on its head.
5. STREETS ALONE
Maxo Kream and A$AP Rocky sound like sly villains in “STREETS ALONE.”
“STREETS ALONE” is such a trill club banger. Not only do I love the song’s terrifying beat, but I also love the cocky deliveries and gangsta-ass lyrics that both Maxo Kream and A$AP Rocky hit us with. The icing on the cake is the super catchy hook that A$AP blesses us with.
4. BIG PERSONA
Mixtape Tyler and typical Maxo make a great tandem in “BIG PERSONA.”
“BIG PERSONA” is powered by an extremely grungy Tyler, The Creator beat. Over it, the Call Me If You Get Lost rapper talks about his wads of cash and fancy cars using extremely gritty rap deliveries. As for Maxo, he absolutely slides over the beat, flaunting his drug-dealing ways and grandiose lifestyle in the process. All in all, “BIG PERSONA” is a mean-ass banger.
In “CRIPSTIAN,” Maxo Kream does a good job of speaking his mind about his gang ties, his issues with trusting folks, and his readiness for everything that the streets throw at him.
I love the ease that Maxo raps with in “CRIPSTIAN.” I swear, he sounds like he got eight hours of sleep before laying the track down.
2. MAMA’S PURSE
If you f**k with classic southern rap music, you will love “MAMA’S PURSE.”
“MAMA’S PURSE” is powered by a beat that would make Outkast proud and a hook that would make Three Six Mafia proud. Maxo does add his own flair to the song by rapping slyly about doing everything he can to buy his mother’s love.
“MAMA’S PURSE” is the kind of song that will relieve some stress for you (It’s so therapeutic).
1. GREENER KNOTS
If you are a hip-hop fan, you probably want to shake Hit-Boy’s hand. In the last couple of months, he has crafted some masterful beats for a myriad of A-list rappers. Maxo Kream decided to call on Hit-Boy for “GREENER KNOTS.”
In “GREENER KNOTS,” Maxo Kream raps about his drug-dealing, bummy, and violent past in an interestingly calm way. When it comes down to it, I think the best things about the song are its beat and the consistent flows that Kream raps with.
SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. CRIPSTIAN (4/5)
2. 11:59 (4/5)
3. THEY SAY (4/5)
4. BIG PERSONA (4/5)
5. CEE CEE (4/5)
6. STREETS ALONE (4/5)
7. DON’T PLAY WITH SHAWTY ASS (3/5)
8. LOCAL JOKES (4/5)
9. WHAT I LOOK LIKE (4/5)
10. FRFR (4/5)
11. WHOLE LOTTA (3/5)
12. WORTHLESS (3/5)
13. GREENER KNOTS (4/5)
14. MAMA’S PURSE (4/5)
15. TRIPS (4/5)
16. BELIEVE (4/5)
Maxo Kream definitely flies under the radar. My guess is that his authentic hood rap style isn’t as marketable or appealing as the other rap styles you hear in this day and age. At the end of the day, Maxo’s storytelling abilities and vivid lyrics are too intriguing to ignore. With that being said, in WEIGHT OF THE WORLD, Maxo shines by simply speaking his mind for forty-four minutes.
WEIGHT OF THE WORLD feels more like an audiobook than a regular-degular album. As you sit back and listen to it, you will find yourself engulfed in Maxo’s intriguing stories about his gang ties, his dysfunctional family, his illegal occupations from the past, and plenty more. Since his deliveries are clear and concise, it’s very easy to understand every single word that comes out of his mouth (His flows are simple, too. A Matter of fact, he has a flow that he loves to rely on). Even though I am as hood as an unstolen iPad, I connected with his stories. I can’t imagine how this album hits for those who actually grew up in the trenches.
Quincy is the creator of Ratings Game Music. He loves writing about music, taking long walks on beaches, and spaghetti that fights him back.