American rapper and record producer Maxo Kream’s new disc, Brandon Banks, boosts the talents he first demonstrated on his 2018 premiere platter Punken. This new release by the 29-year-old Houston, Texas native quite effectively exemplifies the outspoken actuality of trap music. He touches on an often tumultuous lifestyle without glorifying or denying the danger.
His mix of autobiographical inserts and sharp lyrics have already established him as an unfalteringly honest teller of truths. His sophomore CD, Brandon Banks, goes above and beyond that. Here are some hip-hoppin’ highlights of this 15-track album.
Kream’s lead-in, “Meet Again.” is unexpectedly bright as he shouts out the names of pals he wants to be freed from prison. You don’t have to have any clue who his friends are to appreciate the Killer Mike-like tone and lyrics. “The Relays”, featuring Travis Scott, is an ad-lib-filled funhouse.
“She Live” features Megan Thee Stallion. It’s got a dirty beat and Megan’s performance is incredible. It’s a truly tight team-up. The closing cut is “Still.” Kream kills it with a ChaseTheMoney beat It’s sure to be a fan favorite.
Kream mixes modern ingredients with the enduring elements of early Southern trap artists such as T.I. 8Ball & MJG, and UGK. The tracks are not meant for a personal iPod playlist but to be listened to old school style as an entire album. So check out Maxo Kream’s Brandon Banks because you’ll like the “Change.”