"Hustle hard" — punch harder? Brooklyn MC Maino was quick to refute rumors that he was jumped in Poughkeepsie, New York, while performing at a show over the weekend. He called up to radio show Power 105 on Monday and spoke to host Ed Lover.
"I'm out here without a scratch on me," Maino insisted. He described the incident as a case of a fan getting out of pocket, overstepping the line between performer and audience member, and going so far as to threaten him.
"He was talking crazy, so I smacked him," Maino said. "He was trying to get onstage; he was a little too aggressive. I wanted to calm him down and smack some sense into him. … I didn't get jumped, but we had a good brawl, though."
Footage of the altercation has popped up all over the Internet — and so has Maino's all-star remix of his hit "Hi Hater." T.I., Swizz Beatz, Fabolous and Jadakiss are among the names who appear on the re-tooled anthem.
Maino is on the road ("I'm good, I'm in Cincinnati, chillin'"), still promoting his debut If Tomorrow Comes. The album is slated to drop on September 23.
Maino has been involved in his share of public altercations since hitting the music scene after spending a decade in prison. Back in June 2006, an assailant in Brooklyn tried to rob him in a sneaker store — but Maino was able to commandeer the would-be robber's gun! He was not seriously injured in the incident.