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It’s late night in an East London studio and Wiley is in the booth.
The room is shrouded in smoke, but most of the figures that crowd the room are already instantly recognisable. It’s still relatively early days for grime, but guys like DJ Target and Danny Weed are already lauded as pioneers. It’s unlikely that you’d pay much attention to the teenager observing from the corner of the room. He doesn’t seem to be there for any real reason. He’s keeping himself to himself and soaking in the atmosphere around him, honestly, he’s thankful to be here.
Almost a decade later that kid is still studying the scene, but he no longer sinks into the background. 23-year-old Ian Koromah, aka Maxsta wears those formative years proudly, like a badge of honour: the years in which he embarked on a journey, relocating from his native South London, to East London, with aspirations to be a grime MC in the vein of his personal favourites - Dizzee Rascal, Kano, and of course the Godfather himself, Wiley.
Right now he’s busy putting the finishing touches on ‘Maxtape 2', describing his plans to develop the series as time capsules that will demonstrate his growth and deliver the narrative of his career. “When I did the first one I was 16, and it was literally everything that I cared about at the time. This is a completely different time for me in life, so as much as my music skills have progressed, I’ve got a lot of different things to say.”


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