He reps Broward County, Fort Lauderdale with a deliberate flow that’s not for the faint at heart. His name’s Maine Dollaz and he brings it hard. If he was a soldier he’d be the kind that takes no prisoners. Don’t believe me? Take a listen to the opening line of his ‘Broward Niggaz Come First’ sample on SoundCloud: ‘Ain’t no love for no cowards/that’s how we raise ‘em in Broward’. But though he may be a warrior, Maine’s weapon is his pen and the rap game is his battlefield. It’s not all just what most take to be the usual rap bravado; there is finesse to this Florida-based Brooklyn native’s style that wannabes will find hard to replicate. Perhaps it’s because Maine’s skills as a wordsmith were already emerging by the time he was hitting his teens. Journalism class brought out the lyricist in Maine and after he was done with high school, a career in hip hop was the only path he wanted to follow.
Things didn’t exactly go according to script from there. Five years ago Maine fell in with the wrong crowd and found himself part of a crew going to jack an unsuspecting victim. What started off as a quick vacation to New York ended up as 10 months in the cooler as he and his cohorts were busted and charged with aggravated assault and second degree robbery. Though he eventually got out and returned to Florida, things were never the same and some of the folks he’s known since childhood turned their backs on him. So, for those who thought that Maine is a TV thug rapping about drama he’s watched on movies, think again. Such scenes are part of the colorful collage that is the music of Maine Dollaz.
If you thought Vanilla ice-cream and popsicles were the only thing that give brain freeze, click play on Drip, another Maine Dollaz sample on SoundCloud. Plug in the ear buds and push the volume all the way. The bass drips heavy on this track like syrup and Maine’s raspy tenor laces effortlessly, explaining how hard he balls and spits game at the females; ‘..all the cars is foreign…money tall like Jordan’. There’s music made for opera houses and church pews. This track is made for open freeways and summer weekends.
There is no shortage of self-belief in Maine and you can hear it in all his cuts. He claims to be Lauderdale’s finest and when you peep the intricate word play in each of Maine’s bars, you’ll bop your head in agreement. And you can have all you can eat of Dollaz’s lyrical pie when it comes out the oven on the weekend of 4th July. This will be the first-fruits of the rap dues Maine has paid, a project that’s taken him a year and a half to complete. As he was hard at work in the studio, a new challenge introduced itself to his life; he became a father. According to him this new twist to his life has given him fresh impetus: “My son is 5 months now and I do it for him now.” Maine has decided that he’ll bust his butt to give his kid the good life. He’s hoping his hustle will pay off with a record deal in the next two years so that he can begin putting his dreams into motion. And Maine is dreaming big; he doesn’t just want to sell a few albums and rock a few shows; he’s aiming for the legendary status of his icons; Jay-Z, Nas, The Fugees, Bob Marley…
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