Following in the same footsteps of his homegrown heroes is 19-year-old newcomer Maceo. Already sizzling down south clubs and radio with his rowdy, angst-filled lead single "Hoe Sit Down," the gravel-voiced game spitter has quickly made a regional name for himself. Gearing up to set his own mark in the rap world with heavy radio play for the riot-inciting single, the emerging emcee proves that he is definitely on the fast track to superstardom with the release of his Quick Flip/Big Cat Records debut, Straight Out The Pot.
Clearly defining his lyrical prowess on the back-breaking second single "Outta Here," Maceo perfectly melds complex street commentary with thunderous 808 drums and snares. He puts chumps to shame while solidifying his own mainstay status in the rap game. And on the semi-autobiographical testament "The Struggle," the chameleon-like rapper switches styles once again to gaze at the man in the mirror. Weaving sincere sentiments atop soulful, mid-tempo production, Maceo shares his experiences from surviving the trap to trapping in the vocal booth.
"I got a crunk sound," he explains. "But I describe it like T.I., Jadakiss and Jay-Z how I come off the mind. I got a crunk side, but all of it is mixed. I give a little bit of everything."
Born the fourth of six children, Maceo was reared in eastside Atlanta's rugged Zone 6. Caught up dead in the middle of his family tree, he was raised by an older brother. Still just a baby himself, the young man with the wisdom of an old soul had two younger siblings to bring up himself. Because his pops was a no-show and his mother was battling a crack addiction, the youngsters were forced to fend for themselves and rarely saw either of their parents.
"We really raised ourselves. My momma smoked, and my daddy did whatever he did," he remembers. "My brother Mario was the backbone of my family. My momma done got straight now. That was back then. She was smoking like in the '90s. I was like 10. It was eight years ago."
But trouble always seems to follow the ghetto youth. After picking up the pieces and attempting to patch up their lives, the family was dealt another staggering setback. Both of Maceo's parents were recently indicted for drug trafficking and are now awaiting trial in Dekalb County Jail. With his eyes squarely fixated on his goals of taking over rap, he never lets his bleak situation overpower him.
"People go through sh*t like that everyday. It's plenty more people like me that's been through the same thing," he says. "I just tried to come up out of it. I'm blessed with the talent to do something else besides messing up."
The talent was first tapped just two years ago when Quick Flip CEO Germon Tomblin heard the juvenile rhyme slinger freestyle with friends. Impressed by Maceo's impromptu performance on the mic, Germon suggested that he take his craft more seriously and pursue a rap career. After months of convincing, the teenage verbal titan finally decided to give it a go.
Since then, he has been killing the streets with two underground projects -- Bussin On Them Vol. 1 and 2. And that is only the beginning. "Everybody else done capitalized out of Atlanta. Everybody gets their chance. I'm trying to capitalize to the fullest extent," Maceo expresses. "I done been through so much shit. I look at it like success must have been meant." True indeed.