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Emaximus / Bio

Emaximus is a deep, lyrical, unique MC from East Oakland, CA. Music has always been in his blood line from his mother singing in the church choir to his late grandmother singing in nightclubs. He's been a part of the hip hop lifestyle since he was four years old; starting out as a beat boxer at a young age while his brother and family friends participated in neighborhood ciphers. Emaximus taught his self how to rap with his cousin Teflon (Tysyn Jones) by stealing his brothers’ instrumentals. As time progressed, he went from High School to High school and finally graduated from Skyline high school with the goal to get into the rap game. His focus was recording music and getting behind the scenes and learning all aspects of the music business; from marketing, production, and to running an entertainment company. He continued to record music with his neighborhood friends and family that never was released but had the opportunity to get behind the scenes when he partnered with Sean Kennedy, the owner of ILL TRENDZ Productions, which was a marketing and advertising company in the San Francisco Bay Area.
During his time at the production company he learned a great deal about marketing and promotions and was able to channel that into his musical recordings whereas he never stopped writing during those four years and decided that he had to get serious about honing his craft as a lyricist and emcee. In 2002 he met composer /actor/producer Cylinder; another hungry producer and part of the group Dime Life Crooks (Appliance, Doja, Jihad, Cylinder, Scoe) and started recording tracks for future projects.
In addition to performing in sub underground events and numerous local shows, he has also opened for bay area legends E-40, Rappin 4-Tay, San Quinn, and Celly Cel, and after being out on the grind for more than a decade he is now working on releasing new music, pursuing new business opportunities as they present themselves. He has networked and received production from all over the country, such known producers The Track Pros, TrackBangaz, Jaywan beats, DJ Toure’ (Hiero), B Bumble Del The Funkee Hom0sapien, DJ Daryl, Frankie O’SO lovely(Texas) and up and coming producers Ryan Keys(State of The Art Ent). Conscious Productions (North Carolina), Middle C (Oakland) B Banks, JJ Keys Big Mike (OC Ent) and No Name.
Emaximus released the critically acclaimed EP “The Leakage “in 2008 and then released “The Hungriest MC in the Game” LP by Canadian DJ Psyhco Steve courtesy of Def Jam Digital in 2011. Since then Emaximus has recorded over 100 tracks and is prepping for his next 4 releases; Mashin with a Passion which will be re-released in 2014, Abstract Reality, Urban Therapy, A Beautiful Mind, and has also signed a new distribution/record contract with East Coast Hip Hop/EDM label VOD Recordings, LLC based outside of Boston, Massachusetts in November, 2013. In August 2014 he released twenty-five tracks on his mixtape titled We On That Sh!t Again on DatPiff and www.vodrecordings.net . He has over 100,000 plays on Number OneMusic.com and was number 1 in the local Bay Area region on Reverbnation.com for several months in 2012. Emaximus is determined and his style will cross the oceans giving inspiration, passion and real raw energy to the world of music

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Emaximus- Erik Johnson
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Oakland, CA

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