Face Tha Muzik
Maxx 20/20 was born Geoffrey Alan Maxwell on March 24, 1984. Born and raised in Jonesboro, LA, he was given birth by Kelly McCaskill. He realized his love for music in the sixth grade, but really only considered it a hobby. In the ninth grade, he joined a small town local group named 'Showstop Records' with Ray-X, but fell out shortly after misunderstandings. After a few performances around the Northeast Louisiana area, he received descent comments, but not great ones as he expected. 'I think that at the time, I had no money to buy my own beats and record anything professionally, and without the tools to succeed on my own, I had to look for someone else to help....no one believed in me I suppose, maybe because I'm white and real young-minded at tha time, but I was impacted to achieve my goals due to the independence I gained after I joined the army,' states the 23 year old Louisiana native. During high school, he starting gaining some unwanted attention with the laws, and couldn't stop getting in trouble. Although there were never any serious offenses, he kept getting arrested for petty misdemeanors. 'I was very careless about the way my life was going. I mean, I wanted to do some positive things, I was just going about everything the wrong way, which put alot of stress on my parents when they only wanted me to be a positive person.' So with some help from his mother and father, he decided there was an answer to help him get back on track. In 2002, Maxx 20/20 joined the United States Army. In 2004, he was sent to Iraq to fight in the war Bush had called for. Deployed for a year and a half in Iraq, Maxx found his love for music had become stronger. He recorded two mixtapes in Iraq with some of his fellow soldiers. 'At that time, the response to my mixtapes were a little bit more overwhelming than expected. It was at that point in my life I knew I possessed exceptional talent.' Late 2005, Maxx returned home to Louisiana. Teaming back up with Ray-X, he dropped 'Non-Related Brothers,' an album full of street reality and consciencous thoughts. Due to the lack of promotion and money problems, the album didn't go quite as well as expected. 'It was like me and X had plans to build a house, but we didn't have a blueprint. We were tryna put the toilet on the front doorstep and hang pictures up without a wall. See, when you try to achieve something but somehow fail, there is something you can always do. Learn.' So learn is what he did. He took a job offer to go to Afghanistan as a civilian and work for a year. The money was good enough for him to buy some land for him, his wife, and his son, and put a mobile home on it. With the money left over, he started his own label and recorded his first solo project, a 16 track CD titled 'Face Tha Muzik'. Back harder than ever with his business-incorporated record label 'Hot Out Tha Pot Productionz', his new album 'Face Tha Muzik' is predicted to be a significant album to the streets of tha South. With his catchy, smooth-grooving beat for the song entitled 'Look Who's Shinin' Now,' he really exercises a taste for lyrical versatility. The ninth song on his solo debut, 'Quit Talkin, Do Somethin,'featuring Ray-X and Lil' Knucklez, is a fast-paced, surprising-punchlined track that will have the building of the club tip over. So don't be surprised to see this 11-year rap veteran explode and take a well-deserved seat at the top. 'I feel like anybody willin' to invest their own money into their future is a prospect, especially when that person has a family to take care of. It's hard to make it, but it's extremely difficult and almost impossible when you not providing your future with the neccessary committments such as time, dedication, and funds. People aren't blowing up overnight anymore, this game is a grind to shine level of play. I had to put my life on tha line to save up money for my dreams and aspirations....and let me tell you....being over in Iraq and Afghanistan with a family back at home will take a toll on your ass to make you almost give up on life if you AND your family ain't strong. I might not have had pounds and birds sellin' on tha corner, but I had mission after mission driving a fuel truck across the desert praying to God I saw tha next day.' The new album is produced by Grambling legend Dee Smuve, one of the few people in Maxx's circle. 'Let's see. Dee Smuve, E. K., and Ray-X. I feel like they are the elite few in the Northeast Louisiana region. I love working with those guys. I expect something different from each one of 'em, but they always deliver to the utmost.' With alot of work on his hands, Max vows to give the streets what they've been needing to hear. 'I'm not a crunk dude by nature. I can spit like that if tha track calls for it, but I'd much rather be spittin' somethin heart-felt.' That is the case for the tracks on his album titled 'Promised Nothin',' 'It'z Alright,' and 'On Dayz,' three tracks that really specify the type of person Maxx is. '(Dee) Smuve put together tha tracks and I heard 'em. I was instantly inspired to make those songs, there wasn't any doubts about me wantin' to get those songs on my album. I knew what the outcome would be because I felt those songs in my spirit.' So if there isn't much to say about Maxx 20/20, there is one thing you can say about the young C.E.O. of Hot Out Tha Pot Productionz: Tha man can spit, and he has far much more to say than the average rapper.