Maino recently went viral when he was caught on camera choking out YouTube prankster Buba100x after he attempted to make jokes during an interview – but the Brooklyn native says it was all a part of the act.
Angela Yee caught up with Maino on Monday (February 27), just after the video made its rounds. While she’s convinced his reaction was very real and not staged at all, the “Hi Hater” rapper says otherwise.
“So what you see is all a part of the prank,” Maino said. “It was all part of the prank. It was fake. I wanted to make it look real. It was all fun and games. I’m great at [acting]. It was to make it look real. They want to go viral.”
When Angela noted that pulling a stunt isn’t really his deal, Maino replied, “Sometimes we change though, baby!”
In the original video, Buba100x – who has over 564,000 followers on YouTube – was interviewing Maino when things took a turn for the worst with a set of provocative questions that sparked a violent response.
“Can I borrow your chain?” Buba100x asked. “I can’t borrow your chain? Let me borrow it. Let me put on your chain so I can see how it feel. I wanna see how it feel to have on the chain.”
An unimpressed Maino responded: “See, now you just chatting. I gave you a time, now you just chatting.”
Buba100x then asked Maino: “On a scale of 1-10, how badly do you think I can beat your ass?” which prompted the rapper to grab his neck.
While choking him, Maino warned the prankster: “I just told you, it’s not just a stupid video. Don’t play with me.”
People in the background can be heard saying: “Damn, he’s really choking him!”
But, as Maino claims, it was all part of the video.
This isn’t the first time Buba100x has been involved in an incident over a YouTube prank video.
Just earlier this month, Bronx drill rapper Nas EBK was charged with terroristic threats and assault following a prank filmed at a ShopRite in New Jersey.
Authorities claim EBK brandished a “scalpel-style knife” after an employee was disgruntled about him snatching his hat.
By the time Rochelle Park Police arrived, Nas EBK, Buba100x and the filmmaker reportedly had fled the scene.