May 28, 2013 at 5:15 PM
WEST ORANGE, NJ - On the rise is an up and coming hip-hop artist by the name of Robbie Maxx. This Westwood, NJ native is taking charge of the local hip-hop stage in the New Jersey area. Robbie began rapping and writing during his freshman year at Montclair State University while playing football. He soon began garnering attention through his rapping, which began as a hobby and way to entertain, and his interest grew until he realized music was the life path he wanted to take.
Robbie made the decision to leave Montclair State University and instead take on the world of hip-hop full force. His most recent mix tape, released in December, 2012 by Maxx and Airplay Entertainment, is titled “A Different World.” The tape features songs that are now some of his most viewed music videos on YouTube, including “Volcano,” (featuring artist Lil Wonda) and another video for his song “Summer Vacation” which originally debuted on his first mix tape, "Industry Beat Volume 1: The Alter Ego.”
Robbie is extrememely passionate about music,. He said “I feel the world revolves around music...It's an outlet for me to let out some of the things I struggle with in my personal life. I am a firm believer that hip hop can come from all aspects of life... If you have something to say, what better way than music, allowing people just like you to relate and feel your pain, struggle, happiness, sadness, whatever emotion might be involved.”
For as passionate as he is about music he is also very grateful for the oppurtunities he has received and is confident and excited to move forward with his music. Robbie spoke about his experiences saying, “I have grown and developed in the Booga Basement studio (where The Fugees came out of) and that experience in itself has allowed me to understand things through the industry as well as my own trial and error. That makes for a sky is the limit situation! I am excited to see what the future holds.”
Robbie’s passion does not stop at music. He also wants to spread a movement that he and his cousin Tommy “White T” Purdy created they call “bxxb” or “belief x x belief.” Robbie said that "bxxb" is “the belief that anything is possible.” Soon snapbacks will be available for sail with the “bxxb” logo on them, worn by members of the music group "Timeflies," in their music video “I Need Your Love." Another "bxxb" supporter is the Green Bay Packer’s DT "BJ Raji."
Robbie Maxx has shows throughout the New Jersey and New York area. He will be performing at Allure Lounge in Newark on May 30th. For more information on Robbie’s music, story, “bxxb,” and upcoming shows check him out on his facebook page or on YouTube.