Boomkat Product Review:
Maxsta’s classic 2010 grime debut now made available to DL via No Hats No Hoods
Written and issued when Maxsta was just 14-15, ‘The Maxtape’ then earned the East London grime prodigy worthy comparisons with a yung Dizzee Rascal, mainly for the higher register of his voice and road-level lyrical subject matter. Produced by a range of grime’s big guns, from Danny Weed and Terror Danjah to Target, Maniac and Bless Beats, it also features a strong roll call of guest MC’s such as Wiley, Dot Rotten, Flowdan and Ghetts, who clearly cosigned that the 15 year old was one to watch, and even work with.
Nearly a decade later, the album is patently future-proofed by its colourful production palette, taking in shades of UKF and UKG beside the grime standards, and Maxsta’s animated delivery, which would later light up the killer ‘100 Problems’ 12” with Maniac and Boothroyd in 2015.