How did you get the stage name Maniac (Yak)? The nickname Maniac came from from the hood I’m from. My inner circle from High School started the trend then the whole Oak Cliff started saying that after being seen in a couple of situations.

How much has Texas culture influenced your songwriting? Born in Dallas you can’t help but feel that Texas presence. Inspired by the great Scarface, UGK and many others.

What’s your biggest fear in music? That conscious and substantive rap will evaporate. One day watered down messages may be considered the real ones.

When did you know you wanted to pursue a music career? Music runs through my family’s genes. Everyone of us has great talents in singing, producing, and writing music.

What will be the Maniac music legacy? To reach my fullest potential and shine.

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