We all know why Maxim Reality would ever be ignored: because he is a component of one the essential electronic bands in the history of music, The Prodigy. In that big break the band took between The Fat of the Land and Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned, these guys weren’t lazying about. For Maxim Reality it was a chance to finish up his first solo album, by the title of Hell’s Kitchen, released in 2000, which also contains Carmen Queasy, his quasi-famous collaboration with Skin from Skunk Anansie (nice video). Maxim’s music is different than The Prodigy, but has a major thing in common: it’s hard to label. There is instrumental stuff that sounds real dirty and undergroundish, like Dominant Genes, also some more accessible stuff, like the aforementioned duet and a lot of hip hop, which remains Maxim’s favourite genre. In this category we mention Killing Culture, a real dynamic banger of a song. Punctuated by a chorussy bass, that will remind you a bit of The Prodigy’s Diesel Power, Killing Culture is, lyrically, that “I am the baddest motherfucker” song that each rapper has to have. Of course, we are talking about rapping skills, not guns and crew. It’s all about the lyrical ammo: “Drop bombs, stain your eardrum” or “Fear the words spoken by my tongue Nubile force yet to come”. He’s aware of the challenges of a solo move, but not worried as so skillfully expressed here: “Thousand acres of critics Two thousand hectares of addicts”. Like in many Ignored-Gold cases, this is not only about Killing Culture, but the whole Maxim Reality solo project, including his second album Fallen Angel. This song is just a good taste of what Maxim is capable of as an artist, with or without The Prodigy.