By Valerie Victor
Longtime friends and veteran rappers, Maino and Uncle Murda teamed up yet again. This time the two have collaborated to put together their new mix-tape, “Yellow Tape.” Each of the songs and the energy throughout the project give listeners that authentic street sound. Between the 808 and the lyrics, the project boasts that common Brooklyn, New York, nitty-gritty swagger, infused with trap melodies.
Since its release 2 weeks ago, the mix-tape has already made its way to the 59th spot on the Hot New Hip-Hop, “Top 100” list.The project currently has 25,750 views, and approximately 5,000 downloads. Read below about the making of “Yellow Tape,” and get exclusive details from Uncle Murda and Maino.
HHW: Talk to me about the idea and concept for the mix-tape.
Maino: I felt like we needed to do something that was really hard. I was thinking about NWA. I was thinking about when music didn’t have any boundaries, and you could take it wherever you wanted to go, but still make it entertaining. When you think of a lot of classic street albums, you think of “Ready to Die,” “The Chronic,” and things like that. But those works were produced so well, that they were able to have mass appeal. I wanted to make something dope, with a mass appeal, while sticking to who we are.
HHW: Did you guys collectively come up with the concept for the project?
Uncle Murda: Definitely. Do you know what yellow tape is? It just means that we killin’ shit, and we bodying the music. This mix-tape is crazy.
Maino: Any time an idea came, we would call each other and ask what do you think. At first, I said we could call it, “White Sheet Yellow Tape,” but Uncle Murda said just keep it “Yellow Tape.”
HHW: You guys also used the names of some strong animated characters to describe the mix-tape. Who is King Kong and Godzilla?
Uncle Murda: Some days I’m King Kong, and he’s Godzilla, then the next day, I’m Godzilla and he’s King Kong. Because one day we might be busting a nigga’ head open, and the next day we might be fucking a nigga’ bitch, and that’s both beast mode type of stuff. It just depends on what type of mood we in.
HHW: The chemistry on the project is good, and you guys seem to be very close. How long have you known one another?
Uncle Murda: Over a decade. It was so natural, and we were just chillin’ and in the studio together. We don’t send records to one another, we’re just here working.
Maino: When we thought about doing the mix-tape, I went on the internet one day and looked at all the records we’ve been doing over the years. Anytime we have a project, I mean if you look at all my KOB series, he’s on every one of them.
Uncle Murda: Not to mention we made “Bill O’Reilly” together.
Here Uncle Murda refers to the previous work of both rappers on the “Hands Up” video, and the comments Bill O’Reilly made in regards to their music video in the past.
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