SOURCE: Atlantic Records

Atlantic Records

February 02, 2010 19:01 ET

Maino Is "Unstoppable" on New EP; Four-Track Collection Includes the Anthem, "Get 'Em Tiger," Plus Three New Hip-Hop Hits; Brooklyn-Based MC Set to Premiere First Single From Hugely Anticipated Second Album; "The Day After Tomorrow" Due This Summer, While "Unstoppable" Drops Online on Tuesday, February 2nd

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - February 2, 2010) - Hustle Hard Entertainment/Atlantic recording artist Maino has announced the release of his much-anticipated new EP. "UNSTOPPABLE" arrives at iTunes and all other DSPs on Tuesday, February 2nd.

The four-track EP is highlighted by the Urban radio smash, "Get 'Em Tiger," Maino's anthemic tribute which is not directed towards Tiger Woods but used as a metaphor to describe himself. "UNSTOPPABLE" also features three all-new tracks, "The Realest," "Gotta Love Me," and "I'm The Future."

Recently featured on Fuse's "Hip Hop Shop" and BET's "The Mo'Nique Show," Maino is currently putting the finishing touches on his eagerly awaited new album, "THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW," currently slated for release this summer. On Monday, February 8th, the Brooklyn-based rapper will hit New York City radio outlets to premiere the album's debut single -- produced by Kwamé (50 Cent, Yung Joc, Lloyd Banks).

Maino is shaping up as one of the New Year's most prolific artists. He recently unleashed his annual "2010 Predictions" forecast track, following in the footsteps of Skillz' yearly "Rap Up" re-cap. "2010 Predictions" is streaming now at a host of hip-hop websites, including www.vibe.com/audio/singled-out-maino-2010-predictions.

Maino's breakthrough debut album, "IF TOMORROW COMES...," was among 2009's most important releases. Stacked with a broad spectrum of bangers -- including "Hi Hater," "Million Bucks (Feat. Swizz Beats)," and the RIAA platinum certified smash, "All The Above (Feat. T-Pain)" -- the album marked the arrival of a serious new hip-hop star.

Produced by Just Blaze (T.I., Jamie Foxx, Saigon) and Nard & B (T.I., Plies, Ludacris), "All The Above" was an out-of-the-box sensation upon its initial release, scoring the highest first week single sales for a new rap artist since Flo Rida's "Low." The single went on to become one of last summer's biggest crossover radio hits, riding high on the Rhythmic Top 20 and Urban Top 40 (having impacted as the #1 most added single at the format).

The "All The Above" companion video also proved a runaway success. The clip had its multi-platform premiere across the MTV networks (including MTV, MTV2, mtvU, MTV Hits, MTV Jams, and MTV.com) and was featured as MTV Jams' "Jam of the Week." At BET, "All The Above" was a "Heavy" rotation favorite after a Top 10 run on the "106 & Park" countdown.

Hailed for his unadulterated candor and staccato flow, Maino exploded onto the scene during summer 2008 with his blockbuster street anthem, "Hi Hater." The track drew extensive airplay at Urban radio outlets nationwide, while the "Hi Hater" remix video (featuring guest appearances from T.I., Plies, Swizz Beatz, Jadakiss, and Fabolous) was a "Heavy" rotation blockbuster on BET's "Rap City" and "106 & Park." The clip also scored at MTV Jams, where Maino was named among the featured artists in the network's "Fab 5 of Summer 2008" programming.

Nominated as "Rookie of the Year" at 2008's BET Hip-Hop Awards, the MC became an instant hip-hop superstar with his surprise performance of "Hi Hater" at the 2008 Hot 97 Summer Jam in East Rutherford, NJ. Maino was brought to the Giants Stadium stage by none other than multiple Grammy Award-winning superstar Alicia Keys. Since then, the BK-based MC has stolen the show at two major hip-hop extravaganzas, including 50 Cent's "ThisIs50 Fest" and 2009's star-studded Hot 97 Summer Jam.

Already notorious in the hip-hop underground for a number of buzzworthy mixtape joints -- including last fall's "DJ WHOO KID & DJ SCREAM PRESENT: MAINO - UNSTOPPABLE" -- Maino has been hailed for his blend of gritty lyricism and riveting street flair.

What's more, Maino has proven a genuine online sensation. His official MySpace page, located at www.myspace.com/maino, has logged over 56 million plays, with fans flocking to his www.mainohustlehard.com homepage to catch exclusive videos and further installments of his hugely popular "Up Close and Personal" webisode series.

Maino -- a past guest on "The Gayle King Show" on Sirius Radio's Oprah Station -- has been profiled in a wide range of national publications, including cover features in both Urban Ink and Don Diva. Other press appearances include Black Men, Complex, Rap Up, Vibe, Hip Hop Weekly, Murder Dog, King, XXL, Giant, and the New York Times.

For up-to-the-minute news and information, please visit Maino's official site, www.mainohustlehard.com, or his MySpace page, www.myspace.com/maino.

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