Maxwell Imagines Would-Be Notorious B.I.G. Collaboration

Plus: Maino raves about friend and colleague Swizz Beatz, in Mixtape Daily.

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[url id="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/maxwell/artist.jhtml"]Maxwell[/url], you made us wait a little too long for your set during the Essence Music Festival last week, but it’s all good. We’re definitely eager to hear that BLACKsummers’night LP. Max was in his hometown of NYC on Monday night, hanging out with Fabolous and Nas and celebrating the release of his new record. Another Big Apple giant who loved Max’s music was none other than the Notorious B.I.G.

“He was Brooklyn, a smooth-ass dude, B.I.G. definitely f—ed with him,” Lil’ Cease told us about Biggie’s love for Max. “His music was dope, and me and Big supported it.”

Man. Can you imagine a Biggie/Maxwell collaboration? We asked the singer what it would have sounded like.

“Wow. Wow. It’s hard, because I’m from Brooklyn and [Biggie's] from Brooklyn,” Maxwell said. “When Ready to Die was out, his first album was out. He’s just the god of it all. I don’t know what [our collaboration] would have sounded like. It distresses me more than I could know what it could sound like.”

Maxwell also said him and Big could have taken it to the club or got smoothed out.

“It could be both, man,” he said. “We’re both Geminis, so I guess we would probably have more than one record, maybe. It’s all about multiplicity for us. But he’s sorely missed, though. I think people made it too real. Now people have a better understanding of what the lines are. The lines aren’t too blurred in between the guy onstage and the person who’s on the street. It’s just sad he’s not around for us to have known what those records would have sounded like.”

When it comes to who Maxwell listens to now, he says he’s a fan of MGMT and Radiohead.

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We’re going to keep things in BK. Maino, you did it. You put that album out, homie. Surprisingly, Main is the first new artist from New York to release an album on a major label in quite some time. Let’s hope this continues. We recently went out to the set of his video for “A Million Bucks” featuring Swizz Beatz. The Bed-Stuy moneymaker told us he’s down with Swizz Beatz outside of music as well as on track.

“Swizz is my friend,” Main said. “First and foremost. It ain’t even just about music with him. He extended his hand on numerous things. This is not the first time we been in the lab together; this is just probably the best. It’s a great time for me. I gave them ‘Hi Hater,’ the ‘Hi Hater’ remix, then we came back with ‘All of the Above.’ Now we just gonna continue to make powerful music. It’s been a long time since they seen a new, New York artist get this far.”

The scene we caught Maino filming was a part in the video where he pulled a heist on an off-track-betting type of establishment and took some of that money they made from horse races. He and his crew took the money back to the ‘hood and had some fun giving it away.

“The concept, you see Maino with ‘A Million Bucks featuring Swizz Beatz.’ From the outside, it may look like it’s just a song about getting money or having fun,” he said. “[The video] is kinda like the opposite of it. When I heard the song, [Swizz] had the hook already on there. It was like, ‘I might give away a million bucks.’ I was like, ‘Swizz, I ain’t got a million bucks.’ He was like, ‘I do!’ I thought of a way to put me in a situation without saying, ‘I actually got a million dollars.’ I’m basically, ‘I wanna give back to the ‘hood. It’s hot in the ‘hood. You got feds in the ‘hood. I’mma come back to the ‘hood and give back to the ‘hood. I’mma come bring some sunshine.’ ”

Main said other than Swizz, the only cameos he was concerned about in his video were those from the locals.

“I don’t do it for them,” Maino said about the people from the neighborhood. “I do it for these people. They here every day. They live here. It’s more important for them to be in the video than it is for the so-called celebrities to be in the video.”

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