A lot of different emotions come across in the video footage from [artist id=”1595900″]Maino’s[/artist] concert on Saturday in Long Island, New York: Pain, strength, depression … It’s Maino the man, onstage at his most human. While performing his current single “All of the Above,” the Brooklyn MC gets overcome with emotion and tells the crowd of the turmoil he’s facing outside of music: His best friend, “80” — whose real name he declined to reveal — was recently shot in the back by police and is paralyzed. He might never walk again.
“I just had a lot on my mind,” Maino told MTV News about the onstage moment, which
Miss Info posted on her site Sunday. “I had a lot of stuff I was holding in and wasn’t letting out. When I got there, it was overwhelming. The part that was overwhelming was that it was so much love. I started thinking about where I’ve been in my life and how hard it was for me to get here — it’s like a miracle. I started getting a little emotional, about not just that, but my homie, my brother, who is a very important part in my life not just in my career.”
All Maino will say at this time about his friend’s ordeal is that he feels the shooting was excessive and unjust.
“I can’t really say too much about the situation because it’s dealing with an ongoing investigation,” he explained. “I’ve been advised that I really couldn’t get into the specifics of the case, you feel me? But the fact of the matter is: The police shot him and it’s definitely unjustified, but that will all come out later on.”
Maino also agreed that the police relations in the black community are at a low point, looking at incidents such as tragedies with Sean Bell in New York; Oscar Grant in Oakland, California; and of course “80.”
“[The police] do this all the time to people that don’t have the means and power to fight them, but we do,” Maino said. “A lot of these [officers] have issues of their own mentally. And are not in the best mind state to be out there working in the environment we come from. … These are the people that have jurisdiction over our lives. It’s definitely unjust and unfair. Like I said, the people it happens to, don’t have the resources to combat [police shootings] like specialists and lawyers and investigators. A lot of times it goes unnoticed. Next thing you know, it’s something that goes away.”
Maino also notes that his friend’s shooting could have happened to almost anyone in the community.
“Your life can be altered just that easily,” he reflected.