WESTWOOD, N.J.– Unsigned Westwood rapper Max Robert Padula — "Robbie Maxx" — is all about positivity.
His maxim became the name of his clothing company: Belief Times Times Belief – BXXB, for short.
“I stand for believing in yourself,” said Padula, 26, who will be featured in Royal Family Entertainment's latest film "King of Newark." "Don’t be scared to trust it.”
Maxx's song “Pretty Thang” was recently previewed by DJ Drewski on famed N.Y. hip-hop station Hot 97 — 97.1 FM.
That never would've happened had he lost hope after leaving a meeting with a major record label without securing a deal.
“That was a huge learning experience to meet and perform in front of [executives],” he said of his meeting with the label. “I thought it was my first real rodeo.
“It’s not as simple as walking through the door and getting a deal.”
A former Westwood High School football and basketball player, Maxx continued to record his rhymes in between part-time jobs.
“I want to turn this into something stable,” the lyricist said matter-of-factly. “It has to become something lucrative.”
That attitude is a far cry from his first venture into the rap game as an 18-year-old college freshman.
Though he wrote rhymes in high school, he didn’t perform them for anyone until he jumped into rap battles outside his Montclair State dorm.
Though he spit the same lines for three months straight, Maxx became known as “the entertaining white boy in these ciphers,” he said.
Soon enough, he was expanding his talents by studying music and recording in studios.
“The music needed to make sense of my personality, my background,” he said.
He’s dropped mix-tapes, an album entitled “The Garden State” – which he released on Soundcloud – performed at local venues, and made music videos for his singles.
“I want to make a splash,” Maxx said. “I’m making the right moves, being myself.”
“I’m an entertainer,” he said, the excitement raising in his voice. “I like being that more than anything."
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