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King Nugam - Interview 34

1. Tell us your rap name and where are you from?

Androidius Maxxximus, but I go by Maxxximus or just Maxxx. I’m from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, born and raised in Harare, Zimbabawe.

2. What made you start making music?

I used to think only the guys who made music got girls so I started writing raps, and one day a friend told me I had actual talent so I decided to go for it.

3. Who are your influences in rap or beyond?

Rap-wise, I grew up on Eminem, Ludacris, 50cent and Lil’ Wayne. Musically, I did piano and guitar as a kid and my parents played classical music a lot so I like a lot of orchestral/epic instrumentals with high syllable-count lyrics.

4. What is your take on the underground rap scene right now?

I think the invention of websites like Soundcloud, and streaming services like Spotify making it easier for artists to upload their music, the notion ‘underground rap’ isn’t really a thing anymore; there’s just artists who haven’t yet been discovered by the masses.

5. What are your goals for 2019 regarding music?

I would like to grow my fan base and work with more artists and producers, as well as become the biggest artist in my city, Saskatoon

6. You have 1 person to thank who would it be?

My English teacher in highschool. She’s the reason I kept writing, and influenced my style greatly.

7. What is your process for recording music?

Smoke up a joint then play my instrumental of choice and practice multiple delivery styles (I only really decide that part at the last minute). After that, I set up my mic and laptop, close all the blinds if its day time/turn off the lights if its night and get down to business.

8. Any upcoming projects or singles fans should be getting ready for?

The re-mastering and re-release of my “You’ll See” is coming on Valentine’s Day, and an EP (title TBD) is dropping in the spring time. Both projects will be available on all platforms.

9. What is your favorite part about being an artist/musician/rapper?

Seeing people’s reactions when they hear something of mine for the first time. It’s an amazing feeling to see their facial expressions change from “this is another dude with a SoundCloud link” to “Holy Shit, homie can actually rap”.

10. What impact do you want to have on the world?

I want to turn Zimbabwe, or help turn it, into a real world Wakanda.

11. What are your ambitions with music is this just a hobby or is this a full blown 24/7 lifestyle your embodying?

My goal is to get to the point where it’s all I do, but for now it’s the thing I do with literally every free second I have.

12. Who is your favorite artist in the rap game right now and why?

Am I allowed to say me? Other than that, Cassper Nyovest. You can see in his raps that he is a student of the game, a genuine rap fan, and he still finds a way to stay true to his roots and the musical culture he grew up in.

13. what does the music you create make you feel?

It depends on the song, but generally happy (to risk sounding corny).

14. why is music so important and dear to your heart ?

It gives me the confidence to go for what I want in life. To be able to look at where I’ve come from, to where I am and see the growth and improvement, it shows that I can do anything I want to in life and gives me the extra push in other areas where I start to doubt myself.

15. Taking this as a passion what works best with you for endeavors you may face (regarding to music)?

Going over my catalogue. I find nobody inspires me more than me. Whatever the situation, I’ve got the music for it somewhere in my lyrics.

16. whats your best collaboration experience with another artist or producer?

I did a feature called “Pull Up” with Ice Gang and I wasn’t initially supposed to be in it, but they had some space at the end of the song to fill, so they asked me to come up with 8 bars and I just listened to the beat once and wrote while one of the boys was recording. Everyone who heard the song loved it and kept asking who the guy at the end was, so that was a nice little ego boost. But the whole process behind just hanging out with the boys, to picking a beat to being asked to just hop on as an afterthought was pretty surreal. Side note, we have a couple more songs together and they will be on the EP too.

17. who does all of your cover art or do you make your own?

It’s all me *Drake( Draaaakee?*Souljah Boy voice*) voice*

18. who makes most of your beats or production?

I get beats from the internet. Still looking for a producer I could build a sound with (wink wink), and production is mainly done by myself and then touched up by my cousin, The Realest.

19. who is one artist you wish to work on music with and why?

Kanye. Aside from all his nonsense right now I still believe he’s an extremely talented musician and an undeniable music genius. Our first track will be called “new new new god flow”

20. who is one producer you wish to work with and why?

Dr. Dre, hands down. Does this really need explanation haha? It’s Dr. Dre.

21 do you have any upcoming shows in the next couple months ?

Three awaiting confirmation in February and March.

22 for people who haven’t heard of you what sets you apart from other artists?

I’m a fan of the English language so I play around with literary devices as well as constantly switch up my flow with every subtle change in the beat. And my punchlines are quite funny if you can catch them all.

23 at the end of the day what does music mean to you ?

It’s honestly the most important thing to me. I can’t think if a better human invention.

24 does your family support you with music?

Unfortunately not. Religious reasons, but they will come around sooner or later. I can tell.

25 at the end of the day when it comes to music we are in your world when listening to music by you...what type of vibe does your music bring ?

Depends on the song. Whatever vibe you’re looking for, chances are I’ve got a song that caters to it. Just look and you’ll see;)

Twitter: @king_nugam

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