The Break Presents: Maffew Ragazino
Breakout: “Million Dollar View”
Also Check: “Black Sheep” (Directed By Andre Ward, prod. By Harry Fraud)
And: “City of God” featuring Mad Stuntman and Rockie Evans
Name: Maffew Ragazino, Sr.
Reppin’: Brownsville, Brooklyn, NYC
My style and/or skills have been compared to: My style is unorthodox, but I’ve been compared to the likes of Lupe Fiasco, Styles P, Jay-Z and Raekwon.
My standout records and/or moments have been: ‘Where I’m From’, ‘Foreign Exchange Student’, ‘Rare Gems’ and ‘Black Sheep’. Also being present and filming a video (‘City Of God’) during the 2011 Labor Day Parade Weekend was a swift reminder of how easily your rights and your life could be taken from you in a flash. (literally)
I’m gonna change the game by: I’m going to change the game by providing strong material and great songs w/substance, and a message for the listeners looking for a variety outside of the typical cookie cutter tunes that all of the more popular artist gravitate toward. The listening public has been brainwashed for over a decade to believe that New York doesn’t have anyone new representing it. Well the wait is over and the repetitive cookie cutter rap is done! I will boastfully say that I am the New Voice Of Brownsville and I swear to give my listeners/fans 110% every trip.
I’d like to work with: Ideally I would love to work with Kanye West as well as a few more of the elite artists, but until the opportunity presents itself, I will continue to make magic w/the usual suspects that have helped me get to where I am today.
My goal in hip-hop is: To make my mark as an artist that inspired others with my story and struggle from the real events of my life. I want to leave people with classic material that speaks volumes. I want my music to be both relative and relevant even when I’m long gone. I want people to recognize my neighborhood (Brownsville, Brooklyn) as a place where many other talented and special individuals live.
I’m gonna to be the next: Me, or rather the first, hence the use of Sr. in Ragazino because I pride myself on being the first me. Truth be told everyone has their own story, struggle and path that is set out for them. Trendsetters and bar raisers like Jay-Z showed us that sky is the limit. I aspire in the near future to build a Fortune 500 company from the consistent and persistent ground work we have laid down thus far. Cash In Cash Out Records is an independent record label that I own with my two partners Big Throwback and Sha Banga. We also follow a blueprint for success independently that has been unmatched since the days of Roc a Fella records. I assure you as long as technology keeps advancing anything and everything is possible.
To check out more of my music go to: maffewragazino.com I youtube.com/cicorecords I facebook.com/maffewragazino I @ragazinosr