UndergroundHipHopBlog.com Recommended Artist for 2012 “Needle in a haystack type of submissions…Every single time International Maverick submits to the BLOG we always get blown away by his Hip Hop… Clearly one independent Hip Hop artist on the TOP of our list & truly earned our RESPECT” – UndergroundHipHopBlog.com STAFF
International Maverick a.k.a IMAV, born Maverick G. Purnell born in the early 80’s is an up and coming hip hop artist from the North side, Uptown area of Chicago, IL . He started rhyming at the age of fourteen and was moved by the lyrics of NaS, “It ain’t hard to tell.” Although, he found his passion due to life circumstance he was forced to put his dreams on the back burner.
In 2009 IMAV and business partner Terrance a.k.a Uptown established a music label DREEM KATCHER MUSIC. It was at this moment that he began to branch out and market himself. In 2010 IMAV teamed up with Ravenous Management managed by Olivia Grisham to advance his career. IMAV’s constant hustle, dedication and passion for music exudes in his performance as well as his first mix tape, Pardon My French. All 17 tracks were written and produced by the lyrical genius himself dropped in the spring of 2011. Post the release of Pardon My French, IMAV had already made his mark showcasing his ability to MC, “move the crowd” in the Chicago area in hot spots such as: The Exedus, Sub T, Bill Blues Bar, Tini Martini and the honorary Victor Hotel. In addition, he has also made cameo appearances on The Miss Mells Show, “The Emcee Corner.” On top of all that with the release of Pardon My French, IMAV in collaboration with Ravenous Management has been hard at work writing and producing 7 videos(via youtube) including “New Old Skool”, “Black Barbie”, “Here We Go”, and “Miss Thang” which is the first single released off his forthcoming second mix tape; Illumination: 3rd Eye Shine.
“New Old Skool” the first single released off of Pardon My French is hip hop in its rawest forms. With beats that are reminiscent of the 80’s, a flow that metaphorically can’t be touched in this day and age followed by a video exemplifying all the elements of hip hop: djing, break dancing and graffiti he will have you yearning for the return of Kriss Kross colours and gold chains.
International Maverick was respectfully mentioned in Chicago ‘s Red Eye December 2010 issue under Kyra Kyle’s’ Track Offcolumn. International Maverick went neck to neck with a fellow local Chicago artist, gaining 45% of Chicago ‘s votes. International Maverick can also be found on ReverbNation, a website displaying other unsigned artists he climbed from 7,000 to 7 in a three month period. International Maverick’s tracks “Kiss the Sky”; “Fire and Ice” and “Got It” has been put into rotation on Chicago ‘s WBMZ Board Member Radio. International Maverick’s single, “New Old Skool” won WUFO’s internet radio based in Charlotte , NC contest; The Launch based off listener’s votes and was put into rotation. “New old Skool” was also recently featured on Chi City Music website and received five stars. IMAV’s ability to produce music that is substantial, with “enough charm to put a smile on Mona Lisa,” and “cooler in real life” persona is exactly what the face of today’s hip hop needs.
International Maverick states, “Maverick is my name and International is my lifestyle. This ain’t swag homie, this is AUTO-PILOT.” International Maverick became his stage name when Maverick first visited Paris three years ago. He came back to the states and six months later returned and traveled to Amsterdam , Germany , Turkey , Rome and Spain . IMAV became inspired after traveling across seas opening his eyes to a different way of life and enhancing a self awareness that life was more than a “9-5”, be inspired as well. “So salud, here’s a toast to my excellence staying true to myself and everything I represent. That’s a testament I’m fresh as a peppermint need I say more or is it self evident?… ” IMAV