Artist Spotlight: Maino
Brooklyn stand up! Maino‘s debut album, If Tomorrow Comes, is out today through Atlantic Records.
As a son of drug-addicted parents, Maino (born Jermaine Coleman) spent most of his time in the streets of Bed-Stuy, doing petty crimes. He was arrested at the age of 16 for drug-related kidnapping and sentenced to five to 15 years, serving ten years with his best friend.
Upon his release from prison in 2003, Maino founded Hustle Hard Entertainment. Later that year, he had a chance meeting with DJ Kay Slay and was able to secure his first radio appearance.
After several mixtape releases and guest features, he was awarded a recording contract by Universal Records, but split with the label in 2007. He later signed his Hustle Hard imprint (and himself as a solo artist) to Atlantic Records.
His first single, “Hi Hater”, was an instant hit, with the official remix (featuring T.I., Swizz Beatz, Plies, Jadakiss and Fabolous) adding to the track’s popularity.
If Tomorrow Comes was originally scheduled to drop on September 20, 2008, thanks to the huge buzz “Hi Hater” generated. But unlike many other artists whose albums are pushed back and eventually never released, Maino has used these extra months to tirelessly promote the album. If you follow his Twitter account (@mainohustlehard) you know the countless shows, radio appearances and events he’s done over the past year across the country.
The album features the hit singles “Hi Hater”, “All The Above” (with T-Pain) and “Hood Love” (with Trey Songz).
Check out Boss Lady‘s interview with an excited Maino in the middle of last year talking about his music, his past and also giving an exclusive on how he initially started spreading his buzz.
“Talk is cheap – application is everything” – Maino