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| Established. Jan 01, 2004 | INDIE

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Established on Jan, 2004
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"Shining Down Remix Lupe Fiasco x Oveous Maximus x Matthew Santos"

Chicago bred artist Lupe Fiasco enlisted the help of one of New York’s favorite spoken word voices Oveous Maximus and his “Superstar” feature Matthew Santos for a new remix for “Shining Down.” A memorial to fallen friends and family, “Shining Down” is like a eulogy to those fallen loved ones who are missed. Fiasco’s use of autotune in his last verse is a little 808’s & Heartbreaks , but the point is not lost. Lupe’s next album, Laser, is set for release later this year and will be the rapper’s third album. The original version of this song is now available on iTunes, to hold you over until that day. As for Oveous Maximus, you may be familiar with him, from winning the Apollo’s Amateur night several times, appearing on Russell Simmon’s Def Poetry Jam, and for spreading his spoken word all over college campuses and stages around the world. It’s nice to hear him on a track with some heavy hitters, hope it’s not the last time.

By Kristen Fraser Jul 30, 2009 - Suite903.com


"WORD UP! Oveous Maximus"

Oveous Maximus has cultivated a tremendous following, based on an uncompromising allegicance to breathing real life into his words and an undying commitment to keeping his late brother's gift alive, which has allowed him to define success for himself. Oveous Maximus leaves no stone Unturned with is poetry, tackling subject matters such as his brother's death and child molestation, thus providing a rare male voice that calls out fro respect for women. He credits his mother for his view on women, adding that, "You don't have to be the most perfect dude to just be courteous".

After his brother passed away, Oveous felt an urgency to write and, after getting fired from a comfortable full-time job in the Fashion District, he ran with the gravity of change and financed his own tour. In the last few years, he has drawn in Large crowds, especially on college campuses all over the country and abroad. "People are drawn to the truth," he says and so he works constantly to not only produce new work but to make sure his performances are always fresh and never the same. - Beyond Race Magazine - Summer 2008 - 2 yr Anniv Issue


"Frank 151 Reviews "Future Intentions""

Lyrical styles are plentiful these days—if not on the radio, on the albums of millions of independent artists who A&R, market, and sell their product by themselves, because no one else ever expressed interest that was worth any weight at all to them. The point is clear, lyrics often go unheard because independent power, strength, and reach is limited compared to the force of major corporate money. An artist is forced to sell themselves in so many different ways to create demand for the brand. Along comes these lone grinders who push so hard that they make waves and create a public that's curious, and soon aware. Oveous Maximus appears to be one of these folks.

Not totally relying on current lyrical production techniques, Oveous does make ample use of effects and filters on his vocals. The fact is that there was clearly a lot there to begin with, and his lyrical style literally changes from track to track, which keeps the listener listening. His producers include Louie Vega, Osunlade, Boddhi Satva, Thosh Collins, and several others, which obviously doesn't hurt. The best thing a lyricist can be is versatile, and Oveous is that. Combining sing-songy hooks with lyrical fierceness that let's you know he's from New York, this release gives listeners a lot of things to choose from, and we're feeling most of them. This album is available free for a limited time, so grab that now. - Frank 151 Magazine


"Oveous Maximus - Cover Story - Spoken-Word Superstar!"

IF YOU CONDUCT an Internet search on the name of famed spoken word artist Oveous Maximus a ton of video links comes up. Among the videos there is usually one of him competing at the Apollo Theater in New York. Thanks to the poem that he read that night, “Dulce De Leche,” and others like it, he went on to victory at the Apollo and to countless performances afterwards. “Dulce De Leche,” is a short, but powerful poem that pays homage to the often misunderstood woman. In many ways, it has been thanks to “Dulce De Leche,” and “Salcedo’s Breakdown” that many have fallen in love with his work. Oveous Maximus sat down with DTM to break down for us, what is it that he represents.

DTM
How different is Oveous Maximus from Mr. Salcedo?

OVEOUS
The only time that Oveous Maximus comes out is when I am on that stage. I feel like it is both me and my brother together on that stage. When I come off of that stage it’s back to Ove.

DTM
On one poem (Gangstacism) you talk about what you will do to a female sexually, and in another (Dulce De Leche) you speak of women as if they were goddesses. Which one really subscribes you?

OVEOUS
I am really well known for two poems about my mom. In those two poems I talk about my mom and how women should be treated with respect, but does that mean that I am perfect? NO. but I have had girlfriends in the past and I have been faithful. In fact, I lived with one of my exes for three years and helped raise her 11 year old during that time.

DTM
What do you have in the works for 2008?

OVEOUS
Louie Vega, the nephew of Hector Lavoe is producing an album called “One Dream” that I will be featured on. Also, I have a few singles coming out via a joint venture with my label, Seed Records, and another label called YORUBA.

- Nixx Pineda - DEFINING TRENDS MAGAZINE - COVER - FEB 2008


""Future Intentions" makes Top 10 Free Albums of 2009!"

If Kanye West went to DEEP Sundays he might sound something like Oveous, who impressively swims between confessional electro hip-hop and sexy house flavors. - Nu-Soul Magazine


"Leadership Conference includes art, poetry - Lyricist Oveous Maximus performs"

The highlight of the day came shortly before 1 p.m. when poet Oveous Maximus performed for the crowd in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. His poems addressed topics like gender equality, love, life in New York City, and his Afro-Latino heritage. Between pieces, Maximus shared intimate parts of his life, including his brother's suicide, and encouraged the audience to attend college. Savino Rivera, vice president of LEC, said the conference was a success. Rivera said he was "blown away" by Maximus' performance. "It's hard to put into words," he said. "A lot of the topics that he covered are hushed by our society, and he just put them all out there.

Between pieces, Maximus shared intimate parts of his life, including his brother's suicide, and encouraged the audience to attend college.

"The education I received helps me in the way I express myself," said Maximus, who earned two B.A.s, one in sociology and another in graphic design. "It opened a lot of doors for me. It taught me how to speak. It taught me how to be professional."

- Michael Sanserino - idsnews.com


"Award Winning Spoken Word Artist! Oveous Maximus"

New York. Los Angeles. Amsterdam. Paris. Hawaii. Oveous Maximus is a world traveler not because he chooses to be but because the demand for his 'gift' allows him to be. He's an internationally recognized and award-winning Spoken Word Artist that touches the lives of every individual that happens to come across his path. The beginnings of his spoken word career came after his brother, Carlos “Ziiinc Blue” Salcedo, tragically ended his life. This hardship inspired Oveous to live the life he wanted his brother to live and share his brother's brilliance to his current followers. You may already recognize Oveous as he was featured on Showtime at the Apollo, as a HBO Def Poet, on CurrentTV, and as Grandslam Poetry Champion. His presence is growing even stronger as his tour schedule continues to get longer by the day. Learn more about Oveous Maximus, check out one of his shows or catch him on the big screen when the documentary film he's featured in (“SPIT”) releases in January 2007. Read on as we profile his talents in this week's Young & Professional Profile.

- Introduction and interview by Sumaya Kazi - The Cultural Connect


"The Millions: Oveous Maximus"

Rotimi Rainwater brings us spoken word artist, Oveous Maximus, a native New Yorker born from Dominican Republic roots. One of the four poets in the upcoming movie "Spit," Oveous comes at us with a soulful intensity that's hard to ignore.

- Anthony Marshall
- Current TV


"Leadership Conference includes art, poetry - Lyricist Oveous Maximus performs"

The highlight of the day came shortly before 1 p.m. when poet Oveous Maximus performed for the crowd in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. His poems addressed topics like gender equality, love, life in New York City, and his Afro-Latino heritage. Between pieces, Maximus shared intimate parts of his life, including his brother's suicide, and encouraged the audience to attend college. Savino Rivera, vice president of LEC, said the conference was a success. Rivera said he was "blown away" by Maximus' performance. "It's hard to put into words," he said. "A lot of the topics that he covered are hushed by our society, and he just put them all out there.

Between pieces, Maximus shared intimate parts of his life, including his brother's suicide, and encouraged the audience to attend college.

"The education I received helps me in the way I express myself," said Maximus, who earned two B.A.s, one in sociology and another in graphic design. "It opened a lot of doors for me. It taught me how to speak. It taught me how to be professional."

- Michael Sanserino - idsnews.com


Discography

Kill Your Myth
hip hop, rap, r&b
produced by Oveous
other production credits: Kid Sublime, Boddhi Satva, Thosh Collins, Statz,
Independent release: Moca Arts Music
May 7, 2013

Eclipse - by Elements of Life Band
Soul, Latin Jazz, Afro beat,
produced by Louie Vega
Fania Records
March 19, 2013

Lie, Cheat, Steal - by Us3 feat. Oveous & Akala
hip hop, Jazz,
produced by Geof Wilkinson
Us3 Imprint
October 2011

Future Intentions
hip hop, electronic, soul, r&b
production credits by Thosh Collins, Kanye West,
Papa Relleno, Bodhhi Satva, + others..
free mixtape/album
independent release: Moca Arts Music
June 16, 2009

I Apologize
Palmistry (album)
hip hop, rap, soul, breakbeat
produced by Boddhi Satva
executive producer Osunlade
Yoruba Records 2009

Mirror Dance (single)
afro-beat, dance
with Afefe Iku
Yoruba Records 2009

Oveous Live 2.0
rap, spokenword
executive producer Bradford James
2008 Seed Recordings

Tumbao (Louie Vega EOL remix)
Percussion Madness Revisited
Luisito Quintero feat. Oveous Maximus
2007 BBE music

Oveous: Throwback DVD
2004 - indie release

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NEWS FLASH!!!

NEW ALBUM in Stores Now! "Kill Your Myth (Deluxe)" available in iTunes! - https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/kill-your-myth-deluxe/id634460558

New Videos now up too! visit.. http://YouTube.com/OveousMaximus

BIO:
Before Oveous came to light, there was a kid named Ovil Salcedo who loved all things creative. Him and his younger brother Carlos-Paul, grew up in New York City together under the surveillance of a single mother. It was in the Bronx and Washington Heights where these two boys discovered the richness and flavor of Jazz, Latin, Soul, Hip Hop, and off-course the wonderful world of video games.

A few years later they found themselves calling Miami Beach home. A single mother raising her two sons alone and working 2 jobs to feed and protect them from the ever alluring trouble makers in the hood. She succeeded. The boys found themselves occupied with Bmx biking, Nintendo, and this interesting new form of poetry to them called Rap.

The two brothers moved back up north but decided to take two very distinct paths in life. Ovil earned himself a BFA in graphic design and abandoned his love for spitting raps. On the other hand, Carlos-Paul aka Ziiinc Blue took a serious liking to the art of rapping. He would share his verses with Ovil during lunch breaks. And it was then that Ovil witnessed the genius of his brother's gift as a lyricist.

Ovil wanted to take Carlos to the one place he knew could get his brother some much needed exposure. The world famous Nuyorican Poets Cafe. But Carlos was not like Ovil. He was not a social magnet and life's hardship had brought Carlos into a deep depression. On the night of October 8th, 2002... Carlos-Paul Salcedo took his own life.

The death of Ziiinc Blue became the birth of Oveous Maximus. When Oveous, who's never written a poem, decides to take his own brand of "rap/spokenword" to the massive crowd at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in honor of his brother's gift. The result was an electrifying standing ovation that would carry him thru a career of inspiration and purpose.

Oveous has become a Powerful voice that has cultivated a tremendous following, based on an uncompromising allegiance to breathing real life into his words and an undying commitment to keeping his late brother's gift of lyricism alive. He is the music and voice we've been all waiting for.

He's had the honor of working and recording with great producers and legends such as grammy award winners Roy Ayers, Louie Vega, and Osunlade (Yoruba records) just to name a few.

In 2005, Oveous became an honorary member of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. From 2006 to 2008 he became part of the louderARTS U.S. National Poetry Slam team where he placed as a finalist three years in a row.

During this time he also cemented his reputation as a lyrical force when he received standing ovations as a multiple winner at the "Apollo theater" and also on the hit series "HBO Def Poetry". Which led him to a leading role in the critically acclaimed film SP!T.

2009 saw the rise of Oveous as a musician when he teamed up with the likes of Louie Vega and Osunlade. Oveous will be featured on Louie Vega's next "Elements of Life" album and already has two hit records with Osunlade "I Apologize" and the now classic "Mirror Dance" on Yoruba Records.

Oveous has performed in countless venues across the world and looks forward to continuing to inspire people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds thru music and the art of the spoken word.