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on December 18, 2012
Finally his sophomore major label album gets to see the light of day after a few pushbacks and delays. It's been a few months short of 3 years since his last major label album (his major label debut) was released, and this one is another very good album probably worthy of a low 4.5 star rating (slightly above his "The One and Only" and a little below "If Tomorrow Comes". I first heard of Maino back in spring/summer of 2003 on some DJ Kay Slay & Street Sweepers mixtapes and was immediately a fan; reminding me of Saigon, Papoose, or an early 50 Cent in the sense that they all are all good or great lyricists who make great street songs and can make nice personal deep ones as well and even a softer one here and there about the ladies. A few years of that he finally started blessing us all by putting out albums. This is the 4th album of his that I own, and here is how I rate it among his others:

(9/08) -- "The One and Only" -- 4/4.5 stars
(6/09) -- "If Tomorrow Comes" -- high 4.5 stars
(3/10) -- "Unstoppable" -- 4 stars

This one has 14 songs on it, and content wise, it's similar to "If Tomorrow Comes"; you have some street songs, some deep and personal tracks, some more radio friendly ones and some for the ladies. Guests are on 10 of the 14 songs; rapping on 3 and doing the chorus on 7. You get 1 classic, 2 near-classics, 4 average, and 7 good or real good songs, none on here I'd skip over. Production is pretty solid and handled by a good deal of different people. Blast Off does 4 songs, Mista Raja does 2, and: Buckwild, GQ Beats, Gorilla Tek, A-Squared, Sean St. Cyer, Dangerous LLC, The Arcade, The Colleagues all do 1 song. Again, an album I'd recommend picking up from an always impressive rapper.

#2 - 9.5 (f/ J-Son --- deeper lyrics over a tight beat)
#3 - 9.5 (another tight beat)
#4 - 8
#5 - 10 (Classic f/ Mista Raja -- deep, personal track about him growing up and doing time - great beat)
#6 - 6.5 (f/ uncredited person on the chorus)
#7 - 8.5 (f/ Push Montana & Mouse)
#8 - 7 (f/ T.I. & Meek Mills -- pretty annoying chorus with a simple, radio-friendly beat)
#9 - 7.5 (f/ Roscoe Dash doing a radio-friendly sounding hook)
#10 - 7.5 (f/ Robbie Nova -- more relaxing beat and geared more toward the ladies)
#12 - 8 (f/ another uncredited person on the hook who sounds a lot like Rihanna)
#13 - 9 (nice beat -- another deeper song)
#14 - 8.5 (f/ J-Son)
#15 - 9 (deeper, personal lyrics)
#16 - 8.5 (f/ Paul Rivers Bailey)

Jermaine Coleman --- Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, NY --- b. around 1978
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on August 17, 2012
Been feelin Maino for a minute. When he first started off he was rough around the edges but this album proves that he really has talent and he talks about real life issues. Never gon stop is a real life potrayal of life in the game very visual artist. For some reason I feel as though Nas and Pac and Dmx have inspired him. I hear them in his rhymes which is great. I am really proud of this dude hes done really well for himself if u hear his story it is deep and hes real cant say that about a lot of the clowns in the rap industry now. Salute Maino to a real one.
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on July 7, 2012
This is a pretty solid album, basically continuing from Maino's first/previous album, documenting his life after making it and his emotions. The production is sound but a little generic; the beats have more of a mainstream appeal. It fits Maino well and his rather cohesive as a whole. Maino, from a lyrical standpoint, is merely adequate. His lyrics are relevant, deep, and he holds a topic well but there is nothing complicated or impressive with it. He documents his journey with stardom and his emotions well but the album is sprinkled with generic rap tracks, which is not necessarily a bad thing as the album transitions nicely. This album has a little something for everyone, well put together.
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on April 7, 2015
What a great album! One of the few albums I can listen to in its entirety. Every song explains his life
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