Maniac Flame: Vallejo to Vegas Rapper Hits the Pavement With His “McGregor Walk”
Almost as famous for his oversized braggadocio as his lighting fast fighting skills, Irish boxer Conor McGregor has a signature stride; the “McGregor Walk,” a loose limbed strut that has become a defining trademark.
Now, this swagger is the subject of a song and video by Maniac Flame. In the corresponding eye-popping video, the charismatic rapper, vocalist and songwriter takes this walk through a variety of scenes with a vibrant cast of bizarre characters. Sexy, outrageous, irreverent and good-humored, the visuals illustrate the song in all of his kaleidoscopic glory.
A Vallejo, California rapper who divides his time between his Bay area hometown and the glittering metropolis of Las Vegas, Maniac Flame is a young man with a deep history. “I’ve been free styling since I was little kid. My mother made music. I grew up around Mac Dre. I stayed with him and he taught me how to free style.”
The industrious Maniac Flame has recorded extensively, working with producers and beat makers Greedy Boy Fred, Architekz, and McWayneBeatz. A member of a collective of creators known as Tizo Boys, he sharpened his skills on stages across the Bay Area from Oakland to Richmond to San Francisco. “The music scene is hot,” he confirms. “There’s a competition, but it’s a friendly one, showing what you can do if you work.”
One of the local artists from Vallejo who has achieved far beyond his hometown is Baby Bash. “I’ve known him since I was a kid, with ‘Suga Suga’ and all of his songs that everyone loved.” As the founder of a record label, the celebrated artist and entrepreneur is in a key position to advance Maniac Flame, whom he signed to his label, BashTown Music, in conjunction with Silent Giant Entertainment.
Baby Bash also inspired him to write “McGregor Walk,” says Maniac Flame. “Baby Bash came out to Vegas and we picked him up and took him to his room. We were watching a basketball game -- the Memphis Grizzlies playing the Clippers, and when Marc Gasol hit the game winning shot he did the little “McGregor Walk.” And Bash said, ‘Someone needs to make a song about that,’ then he told me I should do it. Within ten seconds I had it.”
Maniac Flame, who writes daily, describes himself as an old school wordsmith who writes in composition books. “When I get to the studio I don’t have to waste any time. That’s how I make the magic.” With a beat provided out of the blue by Blanc Beats -- a teenage producer who reached out to him from Sweden –– he had the all of the ingredients to streamline the track, the lyric and the production for“McGregor Walk.”
For Maniac Flame, the release is a crucial step in an ever-ascending artistic trajectory. He notes that he pairs his lyrical facility with an ethic of dedication. “I’m a work horse. I have a family. I’m all about my community. I want people to know that I’m a good man who works hard. When you work with me, you’ll get the most out of me.”
Lighting the fire, talking the talk and walking the walk: make way for Maniac Flame, doing the “McGregor Walk.”