19 Songs, 1 Hour, 5 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Maino has the kind of story the rap world loves. After being sentenced to five years in jail on a kidnapping charge, he accrued an additional five years from crimes committed while incarcerated. Over the course of the ten years he spent in prison he started writing rhymes, and when he was released in 2003 he set about launching his rap career. If Tomorrow Comes… is the end product of that story, told over the album’s five “scene” interludes. Maino raps like a man who has earned the right, and who understands that all of it could disappear in an instant. His passion and anger ignite “Back to Life,” “Runaway Slave” and “Soldier.” All rappers talk about the pain and regret they carry on a daily basis, but few express it as vividly as “Floating,” which details a gunfight on Gates Ave. in Brooklyn which left Maino’s friend paralyzed. Most of the tracks are straightforward, well suited to the rapper’s raspy, impassioned voice, but there are a few brilliant curveballs. Finally, the hit New York single “Hi Hater” resurrects the beat from Jimmy Spicer’s 1983 rap hit “Money (Dollar Bill Y’all),” a brilliant choice that underscores Maino’s old-school credentials.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Maino has the kind of story the rap world loves. After being sentenced to five years in jail on a kidnapping charge, he accrued an additional five years from crimes committed while incarcerated. Over the course of the ten years he spent in prison he started writing rhymes, and when he was released in 2003 he set about launching his rap career. If Tomorrow Comes… is the end product of that story, told over the album’s five “scene” interludes. Maino raps like a man who has earned the right, and who understands that all of it could disappear in an instant. His passion and anger ignite “Back to Life,” “Runaway Slave” and “Soldier.” All rappers talk about the pain and regret they carry on a daily basis, but few express it as vividly as “Floating,” which details a gunfight on Gates Ave. in Brooklyn which left Maino’s friend paralyzed. Most of the tracks are straightforward, well suited to the rapper’s raspy, impassioned voice, but there are a few brilliant curveballs. Finally, the hit New York single “Hi Hater” resurrects the beat from Jimmy Spicer’s 1983 rap hit “Money (Dollar Bill Y’all),” a brilliant choice that underscores Maino’s old-school credentials.

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About Maino

A favorite on the New York mixtape circuit, Brooklyn rapper Maino, born Jermaine Coleman, grew up in the borough's Bedford-Stuyvesant section in a household with two drug-addicted parents. Lacking parental guidance, Coleman kept to the streets and involved himself in petty crime, which landed him in prison in the early '90s. There he learned to rap so that he could deal with boredom and isolation. In 2003, after about ten years, he was released from prison and wasted no time setting up his new imprint, Hustle Hard. Maino enjoyed his first airplay on N.Y.C. radio via Hot 97's DJ Kay Slay and began making several mixtape appearances during the following years. From his own mixtapes, street singles like "Rumors" and "Take It Like a Man" got his name buzzing among major labels, including Universal, who signed him in 2005. However, the deal eventually fell through, since his intended debut album, Death Before Dishonor, was permanently shelved. Nonetheless, Atlantic picked up Maino and his Hustle Hard imprint in 2007, and the Brooklyn native quickly issued street single "My Life Is Like a Movie" that year. Another track, "Hi Hater," surfaced the following year, prefacing his major-label debut, If Tomorrow Comes... and its platinum-selling single "All the Above," both released in 2009. The Unstoppable EP would land in 2010 with The Day After Tomorrow album and its lead single, "Let It Fly," both following in 2011. ~ Cyril Cordor

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