Mauikai

Mauikai

 Miami, Florida, USA
BandHip HopR&B

Soulful vocals served with a dose of honest, political rhymes, laced over funk & soul-infused boom bap courtesy of Swamburger (Sol.illaquists of Sound)

Biography

John Quincy Adams once said “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” And by those standards, Mauikai, the Cuban-American soul siren, lyricist and political activist has been a leader her entire life. Born and raised in the heart of South Florida’s most popular city, this Miami-bred artist has been paying her dues since grade school. Passion, tenacity & fearlessness represent few of the qualities this outspoken chanteuse possesses.

Emerging out of thin air and breaking into Orlando’s underground Hip Hop scene back in 2004, Mauikai, a quick study, teamed up with then-local super crew: the Sol.illaquists of Sound, at their weekly open-mic jam, Vocalizations at famed Will’s Pub. The journey continues just after receiving her degree in audio engineering from Full Sail University, when she moves in with her mentors (who later sign to Anti-/Epitaph Records) to begin working on her career. No stranger to the mass market, this musical chameleon once worked for “Diddy” at his New York recording studio, Daddy’s House and interned for bi-cultural, bi-lingual Telemundo subsidiary, mun2 Television. Suffice to say, both of these experiences only strengthened her convictions to steer clear of the commercialized music industry. Blending song & rhyme with stripped-down, honest lyrics, Mauikai’s unique style stands out amongst today’s cookie cutter artists that solely replicate songs major labels consider “hit records”.

And while most twenty-something’s are still trying to find themselves and figure out what they want to do with their lives, 24 year old Mauikai has stayed way ahead of the curve. With several collaborative releases on indie Hip Hop label Nonsense Records and four successful national tours as a supporting act for the Sol.illaquists of Sound and DJ Vadim’s London outfit, One Self to name a few, Mauikai has just returned from her European debut tour. Releasing a preview of her first LP “Auto-tuneless Life Formations” produced by Solilla emcee, producer & artist extraordinaire Swamburger, stops included Eastern Europe’s prestegious: Hip Hop Kemp, Germany’s month long celebration of women in Hip Hop: the We B*Girlz Festival and several shows alongside the legendary Roxanne Shante, Bahamadia, Yarah Bravo, Stacy Epps, DJ Shortee, The Coup, DJ Nu-Mark, Immortal Technique and many more!

As if her musical conquests weren’t enough, 2008 marked the beginning of a dream realized, as Mauikai teamed up with several friends and supporters to launch the “I Am Hip Hop: My Voice Matters” program, a non-profit organization in the works that focuses on exposing Hip Hop history and culture to the incarcerated youth in her hometown juvenile detention center. You may not know the name yet, but one encounter is all you’ll need to know that Mauikai isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon…so keep your eyes and ears peeled. From the US to Europe and all around the globe, this floecist is sure to rock the mic and drop knowledge in a city near you!

Mauikai has played/shared the stage with:

Bahamadia
Dead Prez
Sean Price
Roxanne Shante
Digable Planets: Doodlebug
Brand Nubian: Lord Jamar
DJ Vadim & One Self
Sol.illaquists of Sound
Yarah Bravo
Immortal Technique
Stacy Epps
Invincible
Mystic
La Bruja
X:144 and SPS
and many more!

For video footage of Mauikai visit:
http://www.youtube.com/user/SoulchikMauikai

Lyrics

Late at Night

Written By: Mauikai

When I look up at the sky
And it's really late at night
I wonder if the stars are shinning bright
Or has their light gone out on me?
Is someone staring down at me?
Manipulating destiny
Cause something feel so strange
Maybe I'm insane and I don't know
See time's just an illusion
And the universe keeps losing me
In it's dimensions of complexity
Been trying to figure out what life is all about
Cause I've got a funny feeling
There's more than what there seems to be

It's like I wake up everyday in a daze of confusion
My mind slips through the cracks and it's a fact
Feel like I'm losing ground
The music keeps me sane like a road map
And when I'm overwhelmed it's on that music that I fall back

Philosophically speaking I been bugged out
Seems like they pulled the rug under my feet
Struck a match, lit hot coals
Trying to dodge the potholes
It ain't easy believe me, believe me
Cause at every turn the rules change
Players runnin in and out
Dictating like Fidel how to play the game
What's that about?
Just trying to stay above the water
Get back to solid ground
Cause this insanity is killing me
Dizzy, room spinning, clock ticking, nerves twitching
Said this insanity is killing me
Sweating, legs shaking, mind blanking
I breath deep, inhale, release
Synch heart to beat
Feet firm, eyes fixed on the target that's right in front of me
Aim steady for the target right in front me
But blurry vision's clouding what's right in front of me

It's like I wake up everyday in a daze of confusion
My mind slips through the cracks and it's a fact
Feel like I'm losing ground
The music keeps me sane like a road map
And when I'm overwhelmed it's on that music that I fall back

When I look up at the sky
And it's really late at night
I wonder if the stars are shinning bright
Or has their light gone out on me?
Is someone staring down at me?
Manipulating destiny
Cause something feel so strange
Maybe I'm insane and I don't know
See time's just an illusion
And the universe keeps losing me
In it's dimensions of complexity
There's more than what there seems to be
There's gotta be more than what there seems to be
Wake up in a daze of confusion, everyday
Feels like I'm losing ground
Wake up everyday in a daze of confusion
There's got to be more than what there seems to be
At least to me
At least to me
At least to me
At least to me
There's gotta be more than what there seems to be
At least to me

Change is a Good Thing

Written By: Mauikai & TigerLily

Change Is A Good Thing
Written & Performed by: TigerLily & Mauikai
Produced & Mixed by: Grand Papa Tra

Shedding layers of my skin on a constant evolution
Wayward journeys through space and time
I walk a different path than those restricted by their minds
Embracing freedom to the highest capacity
As the clock ticks the world keeps spinning
Blood flows through my veins pumping oxygen
Brain waves flow and find their way to regenerative states
Something's changing inside
And like the rivers flow into the seaI keep pieces of who I used to be
But I'm growing still becoming someone new

Change is a good thing
(is a very good thing)
I said change is a very good thing
(change is a very good thing)
So embrace it embrace it
Change is a good thing
So embrace it embrace it embrace it embrace it
(change is a very good thing)

Just like a flower I have seen rain and sunshine
Except that I am constantly reborn
My colors may change but I'm forever still the same
The rain it washes away the things that I have decided to leave behind
Getting the weight off my shoulders it makes me able to soar
To rise above what I used to be
Good things I have also left behind
Because sometimes life is tough
And some of our trust gets taken away
We must learn to regain them
(It's mine mine mine)

Change is a very good thing
I said change is a very good thing
So embrace it (embrace it, embrace it, embrace it)
Embrace it embrace it embrace it
Change is a very good thing
Change is a very good, Change is a very good, Change is a very good
Change is a very good thing
Everything evolves
Everything changes, nothing stays the same
Everything evolves
So embrace it
Everything evolves
So embrace it

Evolving on different paths along the skies
Like a planet reflecting the light of me in different shades
Things will never be the same and that just makes it more interesting

Cookie Cutter

Written By: Mauikai

How many times can you reinvent the wheel?
I bet you're hard-pressed to recreate the feeling.
Inside pretty packaging in labels who keep manufacturing
All these copy cats keep crap inside your stereo.
Now would you like to hear something original?
I promise you might like it
If you try to step outside your comfort zone.
I know people are tired of the marketing forced it down their throats.
Time to step it up and let the truth be heard by all.

Signing bonuses are really "signing debts"
Instead of manifesting dreams you have regrets.
Puppets to all these corporate conglomerates
Bound by long-term contracts

So how you like that?
Tell me how you like that?
These cookie cutters on the rise
Now how you like that?
It's time to fight back.
Tell em what you want.
You've got the power in your wallet so don't front.
how you like that?
Tell me how you like that?
These cookie cutters on the rise
Now how you like that?
It's time to fight back.
Tell em what you want.
You've got the power in your wallet
so don't front!

Get up! Stand up!
Get up! Yeah.
Get up! Stand up!
Get up! Stand up!
Stand up! Stand up!

Payola still exists and don't you dare deny it.
You've monopolized the media.
It's biased.
Top ten don't mean shit to me
If it's featured on the radio or MTV.
Cause I'm giving it up,
Giving it up,
Giving it up,
To all who paved the way
For independent cats to get their shine.
Not concerned if major's got their money.
I've got mine.
The biggest difference in their Xerox world.
Can't make a photocopy of this girl, no!
I'm an original, yes indeed.
No need to be an "Idol" cause I'm happy being me.

Now would you like to hear something original?
I promise you might like it
If you try to step outside your comfort zone.
I know people are tired of the marketing forced it down their throats.
Time to step it up and let the truth be heard by all.

So how you like that?
Tell me how you like that?
These cookie cutters on the rise
Now how you like that?
It's time to fight back.
Tell em what you want.
You've got the power in your wallet so don't front.
how you like that?
Tell me how you like that?
These cookie cutters on the rise
Now how you like that?
It's time to fight back.
Tell em what you want.
You've got the power in your wallet
so don't front!

Discography

2008: Mauikai Auto-Tuneless Life Formations Preview LP Produced by Swamburger
2008: Rocwell Evolution EP “F.R.E.E.D.O.M.” ft. Swamburger & Mauikai
2007: Mauikai, La Bruja, Patty Dukes, Barbara L a Guerrera, Mami Montana, Katana, Lah Tere
The Latina Symphony
2007: S.K.I.P. Autobiographicology LP “Somebright” ft. Mauikai “Keeps Calling Me” ft. Mauikai
2006: S.K.I.P. What They Never Told You LP “Undergrad Spacecamp” ft. Mauikai
2006: X:144 and SPS M.E. LP “Almost” ft. Mauikai

Set List

*Sets range from 45-60 minutes*

Used to Be
Ella Era Una Flor (intro)
Mamacita
Build On It
Represent!
Daydreamin (I do)
ATLF
Cookie Cutter
Statistic
Love Music
Eso Te Paso
Time Bomb
Double Yellow Line
G Point
Cassini's Trip
Stones
Negative Space
Go