[Watch] Maxsta – Born On Your Own ft. JME

The self-produced single sees Maxsta team up with Boy Better Know’s JME who apparently is finally allowed to release music now on a production that is sonically reminiscent of sparse early grime.

The track offers a socially conscious message as Maxsta articulates an alternative to the gang culture that it’s so easy for young people living in inner cities to slip into.

“‘Born On Your Own’ is reinforcing the notion that no matter where you’re at, or who you’re with, whatever happens to you, happens directly to you,” he explains. “So its about investing in yourself – doing things that give you a stronger backbone in life. Before you do whatever you’re doing, think about being an individual first.”

‘Born On Your Own’ is play listed on our SpotlightFirst ‘Oh it’s UK Rap, Rap’ playlist. Watch the video here:

Maxsta has been active in the grime scene since his teenage years, where he’d observe Roll Deep sessions under the mentorship of Wiley, and record tracks with royalty like Kano and Ghetts. He recently underwent a creative reinvention when he took a hiatus to study music production at London School Of Sound, returning to the game with a string of singles like ‘King Dizzee’ and ‘Guns And Roses’, featuring Inch of Smoke Boyz, which will appear on his forthcoming ‘Maxtape 2’, the sequel to his 2010 cult favourite.

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