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Video/Album Review: Maino Previews His “The Day After Tomorrow”; Talks Music & Success

Earlier this week, Maino invited AllHipHop.com to an intimate gathering at Skyline Studios in Manhattan, New York City, to preview his new album, The Day After Tomorrow.

While his first album, 2009’s If Tomorrow Comes, was about Maino’s struggle from the streets to success, The Day After Tomorrow, focuses on handling success once you’ve left the streets but are still tied to your roots. In the words of Maino, “I’m going through sh*t, but I’m making money.”

The The Day After Tomorrow listening session began almost immediately, kicking off with a narration from Maino, who returns throughout the album, between several tracks and on the interlude, to add a more conversational aspect to his story.

On tracks like “Never Gon Stop” and “Unstoppable,” two of the albums more up-tempo records with single potential, Maino delivers lines like “critics said I flopped but my single sold a million,” “I’m a freight train on a collision course with success,”  and “I’m living proof anything can happen if you dream.” In other words, haters gon’ hate and Maino’s gon’ keep getting rich.

One of the album’s standout tracks is the Buckwild produced “Nino Brown.” Maino has created a soulful, feel-good, “West Side Highway jam”, backed by flutes and good vibes where he proclaims “look at me, I’m bigger than Nino Brown.”

Another standout from the album is “Gangstas Ain’t Dead” which features Push Montana and Mouse on an old-west influenced beat produced by A-Squared which has major potential to be considered at the very least, a street single for the album. All of the lyricists do their thing, but Maino’s child-hood friend Mouse really shines brightest out of the three on the track.

The singles, which you’ve almost certainly heard. “Cream” with T.I. and Meek Mill, “Let It Fly,” and the Robbie Nova assisted “That Could Be Us,” come one after the other during the album’s second-half. And while the album  bounces back and forth between records about living lavish and struggling to find your path and feed your daughter, the conclusion of The Day After Tomorrow packs some heavy punches with some of the Maino’s most introspective songs to date: “Messiah,” “Glad To Be Alive,” and “Day After Tomorrow.”

Overall, Maino has created a mostly well-rounded sophomore album that showcases his maturing as both a man and an artist; two characteristics that are very much present on The Day After Tomorrow. He has certainly prevailed within the lane he’s created with a more narrative approach to rapping then one filled with metaphors and punchlines that many listeners gravitate towards.

After the listening session, Maino sat down with AllHipHop.com to speak on a number of topics. In the first video below, Maino talks to us about his maturing state of mind and the different recording processes he experienced between his first and second albums:

In part two of our interview, Maino talks about the difference between his recently released mixtape, I Am Who I Am, and the album, The Day After Tomorrow, how critical mixtapes can be to an artists’s success, and what he plans on naming his third studio album:

Maino’s The Day After Tomorrow will be in stores on February 28!

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  • R_REAL_TALK

    LOOK LETS BE REAL YALL THIS DUDE WAS ON LOCK FOR 10 RACKS HE HAS A SCARE ON THE SIDE OF HIS MOUTH, CANT NOBODY IN THE WORLD TELL ME THIS DUDE DIDNT GET SLASH IN THE CAN FOR SNITCHING, THATS THE ONLY REASON WHY A DUDE WOULD HAVE A SNITCH SCARE ON THE SIDE OF HIS MOUTH,THEN LETS MOVE ON HE DID A 10 YEAR BID YALL NO THIS DUDE WAS ON THE DL THINK ABOUT IT 10 YEARS NO PP?USSY HE WASINT MARRIED CHECK THE RECORD ITS PUBLIC HE DIDNT HAVE VISITS LIKE THAT FROM NO BB?ITCHES IN JAIL, SO THAT MEANS THIS DUDE WAS GETTING DOWN ON THE LOW IN JAIL, NOW LETS MOVE ON WHEN GETS ON THE  OUTSIDE HE GOT A CONTRACT BIG DEAL HE ONLY PICKS ON DUDES THAT DONT EVEN WEIGH A 100 POUNDS LIKE ,YOUNG BERG, AND THE WHITE BOY HE WENT OFF ON IN THAT SERIES HE DID WITH THE SPEND THE DAY IN MY LIFE WHICH WAS FAKE, LETS SEE MANIO PICK ON SOME REAL STREET DUDE I SEE HE BACK OFF FROM OLD BOY BUCKEY HO STEP TO HIM THE FAKE BLOOD DUDE AND MANIO DIDNT RUN UP HE SHOW DUDE THE HEAT THAT WASINT HIS AND I BET WHEN HE STEP OUT SIDE MANIO GAVE THE HEAT TO HIS BOY HO IT REALLY BELONG TO IAM SORRY I DONT BELIEVE THIS DUDE HES NOT HARD AT ALL NOBODY’ BELIEVE  YOU AND IF U DO YOUR GG?AY THEIRS NO WAY YOU CAN PROVE ME WRONG ON THE LOCK UP FOR 10 YEARS BID HE GOT PUNK STRAIGHT THE FF?UCK UP????

    P.S AND WHAT THE FF?UCK? IS A MAINO ANYWAY ANOTHER WEIRD NAME FOR A GG?AY UNDERCOVER RAPPER AND MAINO I NO U GONNA READ THIS YOUR MUSIC STINKS STRAIGHT UP YO

    P.S NOW THE LITTE CEASE IS ON SWOLL LETS SEE YOU RUN UP ON HIM NOW???

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    REAL REAL REAL REAL
    REAL REAL REAL REAL
    TALK TALK TALK TALK

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    • ItGoesDownINtheDM

      i dont know about all that other stuff ya talking about but that 10year bid shit might be true lol and seeing that maino has been like the only new NY artist consistantly dropping retail albums ….. lol …… things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm lol but hopefully not just lol @ the evidence ….. lol

  • slumlord_vinny

    Why you hating real talk. Seriously. You speaking on dude like you know him. Maino is from around the way, Nostrand Ave and his street record is official. His lil bro Mousey a G too. That character attacking stuff is unnecessary. The boy done put his hands on several people round the way, please don’t use Cease and Berg for examples. BTW, Cease is no chump either. 

  • rep87

    Manio is one of the few real men in hiphop /others are fake gang members or pretending to be drug dealers fake killers

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  • CaliTransplant

    …huh..@ real talk…

  • ItGoesDownINtheDM

    honestly when i first heard of maino i wasnt messing with him … i
    thought he was another one of those im real so yall should listen to my
    wack ass raps tuff guys … a la bumpy knucks n lake lol ……. but
    over the years i def had to give props to maino ….. and to my defense
    …. lol … i heard of maino way after his mixtape stuff like rumors
    …. i might of gave dude more props … he just didnt sounds like
    someone who could actually rap too me ….. but dude has grown on me
    …. and i def respect him for his realness …. wether it be in his
    lyrics with his music or just in an interview ….. hes not a one sided
    cat like alot of these selfproclaimed tuff guys are ….. and like i
    said lyrically he really trues to say something … so def props and
    looking forward to more positive music …..

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