John Legend is definitely in a sexy mood these days. His latest release “Who Do We Think We Are” can be considered borderline soft porn. The models bare naked breasts and sensually move about the video showing graceful love to party goers. The special added touch comes from Rick Ross, whose flow seems to fit right in since he’s been on that smooth boss sh-t lately. Visually though, this video does a fine job capturing the human body which is considered the purest art form.
As long as you are in a NSFW environment, take a peep at John Legend’s new video below.
Lately there’s been a rash of artists under scrutiny for their lyrics and artistic expression. Although many might argue that artists should have the right to say what they want, corporations have a slightly different point of view. The most recent case involves Lil Wayne, rapper and CEO of YMCMB. The New Orleans born emcee was dropped from PepsiCo as an endorser of their Mountain Dew soda product. The reason was due to an offensive reference made about Emmett Till, a young man brutally murdered in Mississippi during the civil rights era.
Wayne’s offensive lyrics was recorded on Future’s “Karate Chop” song. Due to the widespread negative press and disgust by Emmett Till’s family, PepsiCo decided to end their relationship with Lil Wayne. As such with Miami-rapper Rick Ross who, also, was dropped by a major corporation for his drug and rape reference in “U.E.O.N.O.” Reebok severed their ties with the Maybach Music Group CEO, costing Ross several millions in endorsement money [READ HERE].
The recent string of events proves that there’s no such thing as “freedom of speech” to corporations. The “bottom-line” in revenue dollars is what companies are most concerned with. For Reebok and PepsiCo, the impact of the negative press translated into a decline in sales. But also, the offensive and derogatory lyrics could have potentially tarnished their brands. Words can be deadly. Yet, many artists fail to realize this and continue to degrade our women, glorify drugs and guns, and/or promote domestic violence. At some point, artists should be held accountable for what they say. Lyrics not only affect a company’s ability to sell products and make money, but they also confirm this negative perception of people and communities that are already oppressed.
At the end of the day, freedom of speech hurts us and the corporations. It shows that some artists aren’t versatile enough to talk about other things. Also, it shows companies that taking a risk by hiring an artist to endorse a product may not always be the best thing. You can make millions or easily lose millions. Therefore, it is certain that the way corporations issue endorsement deals in the future will take on a different approach. Don’t be surprised if stricter clauses are incorporated in these agreements.
What do you think? Do you think artists should watch what they say in songs? Let us know we’d like to know how you feel.
They say if it isn’t one thing, it’s another but in the case of Rick Ross it seems to be quite a few things trying to weigh the rapper down.
As if the death threats from gang members and the drive-by shooting that happened weren’t enough, Ross then found himself under fire for his lyrics on Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O”. The mishap with his lyrics on the song which were eventually removed ultimately led to him losing his $5milliom Reebok endorsement.
Well now the Boss is being sued by Total Access Talent, a Miami-based talent agency for an estimated $170,000. Now while the amount appears to be a small thing compared to the giant that is Ross’ net worth, the notion of the MMG head honcho doing bad business can be damaging enough. According to suit, Total Access Talent claims that Ross failed to pay the 10% commission he agreed to pay the company to books shows for him in the Florida.
If what Total Access Talent claims is true, then Mr. Rozay should be ashamed and definitely needs to get some better business about his self. But I’m hoping it’s just a lack of communication, a misunderstanding or at least something totally understandable.
Rick Ross apparently issued his apology a little too late.
TMZ reports that the Miami-rapper will possibly lose millions with his endorsement deal with Reebok. Due to the breach of contract, his loses is estimated to be worth $3.5 to $5 million. In fact, Ross received a payment every time he wore the sneakers. Now, he will no longer receive those checks. This has to be a big blow to Ross’ pockets.
All of this, however, is the result of Ross’s lyrics on Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O.” song. Because the rap suggests date rape, women’s rights group expressed their disgust in the media and to the Reebok corporation. The public pressure must’ve been too much for Reebok. Therefore, the release of Ross was the only next step. Ross waited weeks before he issued an apology to Reebok and the women he may have offended. Some believe not only was his apology lacked sincerity, but also, Ross’ crisis management team dropped the ball by waiting too long to release it.
Should Reebok forgive Rick Ross?
Ross believes his influence in the hip hop community helped spark a new life in the classic brand. This is true. For years, Reebok wasn’t on the top of the list of most sought after sneakers in the young urban community. Nike and its Air Jordans has remained the top seller in this demographic. So, Reebok’s strategy to retain a popular artist(s) to help with their rebranding efforts is why Ross inked a deal with them. You have to wonder if anyone at the company ever listened to Ross’s music. He isn’t a squeaky clean “Will Smith” type of rapper. If acceptance of Ross’s lyrics (based on “freedom of speech”) caused Reebok to grant him the endorsement in the first place, why isn’t that being considered now?
Corporations take a huge risk when issuing endorsement deals to rappers. Heck, it’s a risk with any celebrity nowadays. With rappers, however, they express themselves through story telling and clever rhymes. They talk about their own experiences or imaginary situations. Rick Ross has always been a good storyteller. So, no he probably didn’t meant anything by it. Ross’s lyrics were relevant to the times. Therefore, the reference of the popular drug, Molly, was made.
Date rape is a possible after effect when taking the drug. This is truth. Ross was merely telling the truth, not glorifying it. At what point should society stop taking another persons artistic expression so seriously? Before you know it, a 50 minute album will slim down to 15 minutes. Artists will no longer be able to record full songs for fear of backlash over something they said.
Well, Reebok had the last word in this case. After Ross issued his apology, Reebok released the following statement…
“We are very disappointed he has yet to display an understanding of the seriousness of this issue or an appropriate level of remorse.”
So they aren’t buying it.
Do you think these lyrics warranted his dismissal? Let us know what you think.
DJ Khaled is prepping for the upcoming release of his album Suffering from Success. To warm his fans up Khaled has released a new single called “No New Friends.” The new joint includes features from industry heavyweights Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne. The track was produced by Boi-Ida and Noah “40” Shebib.
Listen to “No New Friends” below and let us know if you’re feeling it or not in the comments.
French Montana has been pumping out hits for a minute now. All the hard work and constant rotation on the radio has prepared him for his official debut album release. Due out on May 21, Excuse My French contains 18-tracks with a boat load of features from some of his closest buddies in music. Will French put the magic touch on this new project? Some speculate that he can’t hold his own without accompanied features. Regardless if he does or not, French may surprise his skeptics and put out some decent work that’s worthy of a listen. We’ll see.
Peep the official tracklist below:
1. Once In a While (Feat. Max B)
2. Trap House (Feat. Birdman & Rick Ross)
3. Ain’t Worried About Nothin
4. Paranoid (Feat. C.A.S.H.)
5. When I Want
6. F**k What Happens Tonight (Feat. DJ Khaled, Mavado, Ace Hood, Snoop Dogg & Scarface)
7. Gifted (Feat. The Weeknd)
8. Ballin Out (Feat. Jeremih & Diddy)
9. I Told Em
10. Pop That (Feat. Rick Ross, Drake & Lil Wayne)
11. Freaks (Feat. Nicki Minaj)
12. We Go Where Ever We Want (Feat. Ne-Yo & Raekwon)
13. Bust It Open
14. Drink Freely (Feat. Rico Love)
15. Throw It In the Bag (Feat. Chinx Drugz)
16. Marble Floors (Feat. Rick Ross, Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)
17. Ocho Cinco (Feat. MGK, Los, Red Cafe & Diddy)
18. If I Die
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Everybody has been raving about Harry Fraud on the production. Producing for the likes of Rick Ross, French Montana, and even underground/independent stalwarts like Action Bronson and Curren$y has helped him build a name for himself. His production runs the gamut from trunk rattlers to heavily sampled joints reminiscent to 1995. Such a diverse catalog has kept him in demand. Unequivocally, Mr. “La Musica de Harry Fraud” has made a name for himself by being dope.
But, Harry Fraud doesn’t come alone. In fact, he has been affiliated with a crew (SRF SCHL) that includes the every lyrical Eddie B. Eddie B, not someone new on the underground scene, had a previous released an EP called The Lucky 7. Chocked filled with features, dope rhymes and production, it would have seemed that Eddie B was going to make bigger waves. Yet, many haven’t caught on. With Horsepower, Eddie B plans on changing all of this.
Masterfully, Eddie B knows how to ride the wave of any rhythm that he lyrically surfs on top of. With “Courage” (on the original and remix), he gives a mixture of slow flow and rapid fire wordplay. In contrast, “Peer Pressure” allows him to flex harder than the slow flow that “Courage” mainly exhibited. “Dope Spoons” allows him to go on cruise control with a straight-to-the-jugular flow. Eddie B easily switches styles depending on the production that Harry Fraud brings to the table.
Meanwhile, Harry Fraud brings his A game to the table. If a listener wants something slow to ride to, they always have “Courage”. Meanwhile, if the desire is for something more ethereal and soothing, then listeners can always press play on “Beach Patrol” and “Palm Trees”. For some old school R&B flavor, “Marvelous” exists. In summary, Harry Fraud doesn’t bring any throwaway tracks; instead, he comes with memorable palettes for the ear canal to devour.
Horsepower demonstrates a highly above average rapper over great production. After this, however, needs to be a higher plane of existence. Eddie B needs to find a way to raise his level of presentation and overall buzz. He is much too agile of an emcee to remain a secondary footnote in a great producer’s career. This time around, people need to be singing his praises. Only then will Harry Fraud’s crew truly shine.
Well it looks like rapper Rick Ross has done more than just pissed people off with his lyrics on Rocko’s song “U.O.E.N.O.” The plot has definitely thickened considering that Reebok has a problem with the lyrics and as a result has decided to end their business relationship with the MMG boss.
The lyrics Ross spit during his feature that instantly came under extreme fire go as follows:
“Put Molly all in the champagne, she ain’t even know it/ I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it,”
While Ross says it isn’t so, many have related the lyrics to date rape.
About their decision to end their relationship with Ross concerning the lyrics, Reebok released a statement saying, “Reebok holds our partners to a high standard, and we expect them to live up to the values of our brand. Unfortunately, Rick Ross has failed to do so. While we do not believe that Rick Ross condones sexual assault, we are very disappointed he has yet to display an understanding of the seriousness of this issue or an appropriate level of remorse.”
Due to all the controversy, Rocko has decided to replace Ross’ verse.
Looking back on it all now, I’m sure Ricky Rozay is regretting the backlash and loss of stacks just a few words has cost him.
So…after releasing his fourth mixtape Gift Of Gab 2, Atlanta rapper Rocko is making it known that he has some heat when it comes to music. One of his breakout tracks from the mixtape, which is gaining much air play nowadays, is his song with Future and Rick Ross called “U.O.E.N.O”. But, as with most things, what comes with greatness comes criticism.
The song featured a line, spit by Ross, that many believe condoned using a form of drug to promote date rape. With so many people glorifying popping Molly’s and young girls being constantly exploited, the critics zoomed in on the song and its lyrics. This may have helped with the buzz-factor of “U.O.E.N.O” and has given Rocko the radio spins he needs. But, due to the criticism, Rocko definitely hear the streets talking and has decided to offer up one or two remixes that won’t include Ross or any more troublesome lyrics.
He recently sat down with K-Foxx and Ebro of Hot 97, in New York, and expressed his thoughts on the situation.
“Because of the type of traction that the record has as far as radio, it puts me in a position where I have to change it.
At the present moment, I have like six different verses from all types of different, talented artists, some multi-platinum. Some might have even have bigger accomplishments like Grammys and things of that nature.”
Although I am a big fan of Rocko’s, I wonder if him or his team caught wind of the lyrics prior to adding the song to the mixtape. Hmmm…maybe it was just a slight overlook on their part. Whatever the case, I’m glad to hear that there will be remixes possibly featuring some of my other favortie artists (i.e. Kendrick Lamar and Young Jeezy).
Check out the full Hot 97 interview below:
Cassie is doing just the opposite and is gearing up to toss her hand back in the ring with the release of her upcoming mixtape, RockaByeBaby.
With RockaByeBaby’s release just a few days away, Cassie had revealed not only the tracklist but the video for the mixtape’s first single, “Numb” featuring Rick Ross. Other features for the mixtape include Wiz Khalifa, Meek Mill, Pusha T, Ester Dean, and French Montana.
Peep the tracklist and check out the visuals for “Numb” below.
2. Paradise feat. Wiz Khalifa
3. Take Care of Me Baby feat. Pusha T
4. Addiction feat. French Montana
5. Numb feat. Rick Ross
6. Sound of Love feat. Jeremih
7. I Love It feat. Fabolous
9. I Know Whatcha Want
10. Turn Up feat. Meek Mill
11. Do My Dance feat. Too Short
12. Bad Bitches feat. Ester Dean
13. All My Love
The RockaByeBaby mixtape will make its way on the scene on April 11th.
MTV has released the eighth edition of their annual list of the “Hottest MCs in the Game”. The list which consists of 10 artists is determined by a panel of Hip-Hop journalists referred to as “The Brain Trust”.
In order to be a candidate, an artist has to have released music within that year. Artists are chosen based on criteria that include lyrical execution, commercial success and social networking metrics.
This year’s list was topped by Kendrick Lamar and rounded out by MMG’s Meek Mill. Check out MTV’s full list of the “Hottest MCs in the Game VIII” and what they had to say about the chosen few.
1. Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar brings the crown to Compton as the #1 “Hottest MC in The Game.”
2. 2 Chainz
2 Chainz reinvents himself, slaying G.O.O.D. Music features and a solo LP that helps land him the #2 spot in the “Hottest MCs in the Game”.
3. Rick Ross
Rick Ross rounds out the top as the #3 “Hottest MC in the Game” with a new album and the MMG legacy.
Nas makes it to MTV’s “Hottest MC in the Game” list at #4, after a long, revered career.
Drake is the #5 “Hottest MC in the Game,” as MTV News’ hip-hop power ranking reaches the halfway mark.
6. Big Sean
Big Sean leapfrogs over his G.O.O.D. Music mentor, Kanye West, and Harlem’s A$AP Rocky to take the #6 spot on MTV News’ “Hottest MCs in the Game VIII.”
7. Kanye West
Kanye West and his G.O.O.D. Music protégé Big Sean battle for the #6 “Hottest MC in the Game” titles, with the mentor eventually landing at the #7 spot after heated debate.
8. A$AP Rocky
A$AP Rocky and Big Sean battle for the #7 “Hottest MC in the Game” spot, with the fashionable Harlem spitter landing at 8 in a final vote by MTV’s Hip-Hop Brain Trust.
Future takes the #9 spot on MTV News’ “Hottest MCs in the Game VIII,” with a collection of club staples and a knack for infectious hooks.
10. Meek Mill
Meek Mill bests French Montana for the #10 spot in the eighth edition of MTV News’ “Hottest MCs in the Game.”
Well do you agree with the list? Let us know what you think especially if you think otherwise when it comes to the “Hottest MCs in the Game.”
Since the unfortunate happenings surrounding the drive-by attempt made on Rick Ross, the Miami rapper has pretty much been maintaining a low profile. But while the sightings of Rozay have been few and far between, he might be out of sight but staying in the minds of his fans with a new video.
The visuals are for his song “Ashamed” which comes from his last album God Forgives, I Don’t. Check out the video for the Cool N Dre produced track below.
In addition to releasing new videos, Rick Ross is also currently working on his upcoming album Mastermind. Are you ready????
French Montana is turning things up for his debut release of Excuse My French. Although it isn’t due until May 21, he’s made huge strides with a few mixtape tracks and now he’s giving us the visuals. From his Mac & Cheese 3 mixtape, the first joint is the memorable “Ocho Cinco”. The track features the Bad Boy bossman Diddy and several label signees (i.e. Red Cafe, Machine Gun Kelly, and Los). Check out the video below…
Also from the Mac & Cheese project, French Montana hit us off with a new joint, “Diamonds”. The track features Rick Ross and J. Cole. Get into it below…
According to police and news reports Maybach Music Group boss Rick Ross has been dodging bullets.
It’s being reported that shortly after leaving a restaurant, Ross crashed his Rolls Royce into an apartment building while trying to escape what intended to be a drive-by shooting. The incident took place around 5 a.m. Monday morning in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Witnesses reported that Ross’ girlfriend Shateria was in the car with him at the time of the incident, but both were able to escape injury
All of this happened on the heels of Ross’ celebrating his 37th birthday the Sunday night at Liv nightclub. What a way to spoil a good time.
On an even more serious note…does the violence ever end? Wasn’t Pac and Biggie enough? I can’t help but wonder if Rozay’s shooting saga has anything to do with the death threats he’s received recently. For all parties involved, let’s just hope none of it is really what it seems and that this will be the end of it all. No more bloodshed please!
Rick Ross brought in the new year with a big announcement that Mastermind is the title of his next project. Now, he’s hit us with the first single, “Box Chevy”. Produced by D-Rich, the track remains in the realm of his “signature” sound that we’ve become customed to over the past two years. But although “Box Chevy” may not excite some, it’s definitely capable of rattling the trunks of a few old schools.
Check out the track below and let us know what you think…
Rick Ross continues to make major moves with his Maybach Music Group empire. After securing a gold-certified album with “God Forgives, I Don’t”, he’s been the studio lately working on his next album. He’s been hinting for the past month that he would be releasing the official name of the album. Well, he did. “Mastermind” will be his next studio album set to be released sometime this year.
As he’s known to do, Rick Ross released an official trailer for “Mastermind”. In case you are expecting something different from the Boss visually, sorry to dissappoint you. The video maintains the beautiful beach house scenery, a sexy companion, fashion and jewels type forte that only a boss of his stature can pull off. Peep the trailer below:
In other Rick Ross news, the Miami-bred rapper will do an on-screen appearance in season 2 of Starz original series “Magic City”. Rick Ross will play a character name The Bolita Boss. Season 1 was pretty dope. So, the second season will surely be just as exciting. In case you’re wondering what “Magic City” is all about, here’s the official synopsis from the Starz website:
Miami Beach, 1959.
As Ike Evans rings in the New Year at his luxurious Miramar Playa Hotel, Havana falls to Castro’s rebels. It’s a turbulent time in Miami, but it’s THE place to be. The Kennedys, the mob and the CIA all hold court here. And Ike, he’s the star of his hotel.
But everything comes at a price.
To finance his dream, he sold his soul to mob boss Ben “The Butcher” Diamond. Ike’s wife Vera, a former showgirl, and his three kids think he’s an honorable man, but he can’t break his pact with the devil. His life is a façade.
In fact, nothing at the Miramar Playa is what it seems. By day, it’s diving clowns and cha-cha lessons. By night, escorts have secret liaisons with husbands in the family cabanas, while Miami’s seedier residents and the law drift together to hear legendary singers, musicians and comics.
As Ike’s world threatens to implode, he fights for his family, and the Miramar Playa, in Magic City.
Magic City Season 2 trailer:
Lately there’s been a lot of talk and rumors flying around about MMG boss Rick Ross being threatened by supposed gang members having something if not everything to do with a few of his tour shows being cancelled.
Prior to the scheduled dates of those particular performances, a video went viral of several individuals claiming to be members of the Gangster Disciples sending a message to Ross about giving up some stacks adding that he owed Larry Hoover. Shortly after the release of the video, the shows were cancelled and many assumed that Ross was running scared. We mentioned the incident here, when it was reported that Ross had also upped the ante on his security with the use of some ex-military members due to the threats.
Well to clear the air and to make some things very clear, the man himself, Ricky Rozay, has spoken on the matter. In an interview with Felisha Monet on 99Jamz, Ross explains why his shows were cancelled, how he views the threats and what being gangsta is really all about. Check out the video below to get Ross’ “I’m a boss” has to say about it all…
Sh*t just got real…
Miami rapper Rick Ross, despite portraying a glamorous life we all yearn for via his music videos, is apparently living with a bit of paranoia these days. According to the HHE and SandraRose, after a several videos appeared on a popular viral video website of members of the Gangster Disciples expressing their disgust with the rapper, Rick Ross isn’t taking the threats lightly. In fact, Ross has upgraded his security personnel. It is believed that he currently drops $50K a week for protection provided by ex-military members. The former military members were hired to protect the livelihoods of Ross, the Maybach Music Group artists and staff.
Apparently, the beef began when Rick Ross released the Black Bar Mitzvah mixtape. The cover of the mixtape adorns a image of Ross’ face in the center of a 6 point star, which also is an affiliated symbol of the GD organization. The GD crew’s dislike of Rick Ross has grown throughout the U.S. – starting with the Tennessee and Colorado crews. No word yet on what the “beef” entails. But, with more disgruntle videos popping up, yes it is best the rap star have his back fully covered.
At the end of the day, though, an army of a 1000 men can’t protect you from the inevitable. God only knows the day and the hour.
Rick…keep yourself in prayer.
The promoters at SM Global Union are aiming and have fired off a lawsuit on rappers Rick Ross, Meek Mill, and Waka Flocka Flame. The lawsuit claims breach of contract concerning a show at the Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, N.C. earlier this year.
According to the company, they paid Ross $90,000 for a one-hour performance, but he only performed for 15 minutes. As for Waka Flocka and Meek Mill’s part in it all, the lawsuit alleges that the fellas failed to comply to the part of their contracts that required them to advertise and promote the concert via their social networking sites.
In all, SM Global Union says the three were paid a total of $225,000 to perform and they want all of their money back and then some for loss of profits.
If indeed what the promoters say is true, I do believe they deserve some restitution. As for Ross, Waka and Meek, this sounds like a small thing to a giant.
The BAWSE Rick Ross dropped his next visual jewel from his God Forgives, But I Don’t album. On location in Anguilla, Ross was accompanied by his label mate Wale and one of YMCMB’s premier artist Drake. The three let loose a bit of their sensitive side by comparing pineapples to their lady loves. Surrounded by impecable ocean scenery, Dice Pineapples directed by X gives viewers a 4-minute escape from reality. This is definitely a smooth video. Check it out below:
Never to be seen as a slacker, Rick Ross also dropped the visual to his collaboration with ATL’s T.I.. The track, Bury Me A G, was filmed in Atlanta and features cameos by Wale and surprisingly well-known morturary owner Willie Watkins. Check out the funeral-driven video below:
One way or the other Rick Ross and his Maybach Music family stay on the music scene. In addition to recent release of a new album, Rick Ross is also putting in work for the Maybach Music Group compilation album Self Made, Vol. 2 with the release of a new video for his song “Bury Me a G”. The song features another industry G, rapper T.I. Check out the video below…
Maybach Music Group’s Meek Mill is continuing to pave his way musically and is prepping to take things a step further with his debut album Dreams & Nightmares. The album contains 14 songs plus two bonus tracks. Features include the likes of Mary J. Blige, Nas, Drake, John Legend, Kirko Bangz and of course the MMG boss Rick Ross.
With Meek Mill’s lyrical skills, host of guest features and the mighty hands of producers he used, Dreams & Nightmares should be short of nothing but an all-around banger. So get ready, the album hits stores October 30th. Check out the tracklist below…
1. “Dreams and Nightmares” (produced by Tone the Best Bully for Nightrydas Productions)
2. “In God We Trust” (produced by Black Metaphor for Nightrydas Productions)
3. “Young & Gettin’ It” feat. Kirko Bangz (produced by Jahlil Beats)
4. “Traumatized” (produced by Boi-1da)
5. “Believe It” feat. Rick Ross (produced by Young Shun for Maybach Music Productions)
6. “Maybach Curtains” feat. Nas, John Legend & Rick Ross (produced by Infamous & The Agency)
7. “Amen” feat. Drake (produced by Key Wane and Jahlil Beats)
8. “Young Kings” (produced by Lee Major)
9. “Lay Up” feat. Wale, Rick Ross & Trey Songz (produced by Kane Beatz and Co-Produced by Ashanti “The Mad Violinist” Floyd for The Building Productions, Inc.)
10. “Tony Story Pt. 2″ (produced by Boi-1da)
11. “Who Your Around” feat. Mary J. Blige (produced by Tommy “TBHITS” Brown and Travis Sayles for Darkchild.com)
12. “Polo & Shell Tops” (produced by Cardiak)
13. “Rich & Famous” feat. Louie V (produced by Jahlil Beats)
14. “Real N***** Come First” (produced by Kenoe and Got Koke for Nightrydas Productions)
15. “Burn” featuring Big Sean [Bonus Track]
16. “Freak Show” feat. Sam Sneak and 2 Chainz [Bonus Track]
BLACK FOLKS DO NOT KNOW HOW TO ACT!!!!
Over the weekend, BET hosted the 7th Annual BET Hip Hop Awards at the Civic Center in Atlanta, Georgia. As many of our favorite artists walked the red carpet and headed inside for a few unforgettable performances, the mostly peaceful evening quickly turned sour when rival artists (Rick Ross and Young Jeezy) ran into one another backstage.
According to several reports, the two came into close contact while backstage of the awards show. Surrounded by their security, Ross and Jeezy shared a few harsh words and things went left. Although, no one was touched and quicly deaded by BET staff, APD, and their security, the beef drifted onto their entourages later on in the parking lot.
Apparently, Gunplay, Rick Ross closes comrade and MMG/Def Jam rapper, got into a dreadful argument with an unknown out of 50 Cent’s camp. It has not yet been confirmed exactly who from 50′s camp go into squabble with Gunplay. But, according to the video footage below (from WorldStar HipHop), some dudes apparently jumped on Gunplay. But, Gunplay being the known goon that he is, turned the tables on one of the fools and jumped back. Police were in the vicinity and quickly sprayed mace on the rapper and apprehended him.
No word yet on if Gunplay was taken to jail and/or released. Until the full story comes out, take a look at the blurry footage of the fight.
WHEN WILL THE UNNECCESARY BULLSH*T IN HIP HOP STOP???
Photo Credit: Vibe.com
First his girl was “bad, looking like a bag of money” and now Rick Ross says she “Presidential”. In his new video for his song “Presidential” featuring Elijah Blake, the Miami rapper and head of the Maybach Music Group shows you just what that looks like to him. The song is on Rozay’s “God Forgives” album which is in stores now. Check out the video…
Can DJ Khaled pull it off the sixth time around? With not so impressive previous albums, rap fans wonder if he’s creatively on top of his game with Kiss The Ring. If the radio-friendly smash “Take It To The Head” is any indication of what’s to come, then Khaled may be on one. For this next bout, he’s continuing the same formula with epic features from artists like Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Kanye West, Nas, Plies, Wale, French Montana, and Kendrick Lamar. Khaled’s music is guaranteed to be a MOVIE (just by shouting it out enough until you believe you’re starring in one). LoL. But seriously, will this album take the DJ-turned-artists to the next level?
1. Shout Out To The Real (feat. Meek Mill, Ace Hood, & Plies)
2. Bitches & Bottles (Let’s Get It Started) ( feat. Lil Wayne, T.I., & Future)
3. I Wish You Would (feat. Rick Ross & Kanye West)
4. Take It To The Head (feat. Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne)
5. They Ready (feat. J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T & Kendrick Lamar)
6. I’m So Blessed (feat. Big Sean Wiz Khalifa, Ace Hood & T-Pain)
7. Hip Hop (feat. Scarface, Nas & DJ Premiere)
8. I Did It For My Dawgs (feat. Rick Ross, Meek Mill, French Montana & Jadakiss)
9. I Don’t See’ Em (feat. Birdman, Ace Hood, & 2 Chainz)
10. Don’t Pay 4 It (feat. Wale, Tyga, Mack Maine & Kirko Bangz)
11. Suicidal Thoughts (feat. Mavado)
12. Outro (They Don’t Want War) (feat. Ace Hood)
Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks
13. Don’t Get Me Started (feat. Ace Hood)
14. Aktion Pak (feat. Mavado)
15. B-Boyz (feat. Birdman, Mack Maine, Kendrick Lamar & Ace Hood)
16. Piss ‘Em Off (feat. Ace Hood)
Kiss The Ring in stores August 21. Until then, check out the official video to his second single “I Wish You Would” featuring Rick Ross and Kanye West.
This song go hella hard!
After recently making her first career power move since giving birth to her twins by becoming American Idol highest paid judge, Mariah Carey couldn’t picked a better time to release her new single “Triumphant (Get’Em)”. Bringing in an upbeat tune with a hot beat Mariah ups the ante by adding in two of the Maybach Music Group’s finest, Rick Ross and Meek Mill.
About the collaboration she says,
“Obviously Ross is a star and everybody loves him. I’m a fan of his music. I really, really wanted to work with him. I love the tone of his voice. I think the contrast of his voice and mine would be something special. I always like to do collaborations that people might think are different. Meek adds an excitement, a newness to the record that is pretty rare right now.”
Listen to “Triumphant” and tell us what you think…
Rick Ross is a polarizing hip hop figure: hate him or love him. People that don’t care for him go back to his checkered past in the streets (or lack thereof). People that love him talk of his catchy lyrics and ear for production. Either or, both have reasons to feel what they feel. Rick Ross isn’t for everybody. Yet, even with his previous album Teflon Don being so immaculately done, one wonders if he can strike gold again with God Forgives I Don’t. In short, can Rick Ross make magic happen again?
Albeit a tad bit too long, God Forgives, I Don’t is a pretty good album.
Rick Ross will rap about what he raps about: the extravagance of MMG, love, hood lore and whatever else that comes to mind. “Diced Pineapples”, featuring Wale and Drake, makes a comparison between a female and a healthy treat. “Triple Beam Dreams” has Ross and Nas reflects on the struggle of street life and managing to leave it all behind. Even the self-explanatory “Hold Me Back” gives a cool chin check to all detractors. So, don’t expect any type of “growth” subject matter wise.
Yet, the production on the album still manages to be as immaculate as ever. “Maybach Music IV” is a worthy addiction into the “Maybach song series” due to its lush instrumentation that takes one into the eye of opulence. That opulence perfectly segues into “Sixteen”, which almost sounds like an elegant night on Miami beach. In fact, the vast majority of the album is produced with a sense of excellence. With that said, Rick Ross has proven to have a great ear for musical construction.
There is still a drawback for those that are truly fans of Rick Ross: the album is a tad bit too long. “Teflon Don” was a great album because it was concentrated. At 17 tracks, it loses its potency. Maybe removing the more R&B laden tracks with Omarion and Usher may help. Then again, this is my opinion. People will agree or disagree.
If you think Rick Ross will lose steam, then you may have to wait until next album. God Forgives, I Don’t is another worthy album to add to his catalog. Ross has found his lane in the rhyme books. His ear for production is hard to even tough. People will still mention his past and his misdealing so they can hold it over his head. In the end, Ross knows one thing: how to flawlessly make his type of music.
If you haven’t purchased God Forgives, I Don’t, you’re missing out a good album. Rick Ross didn’t slack up on the lyrical content this time around. And as for production, this Lex Luger beat on “911″ goes hard. With Ross street-wise wordplay, the record is brought to life as we kinda expected. Rolling in his Porsche 911, through the streets of Hollywood, CA solo, Rozay is getting his major floss on without the MMG crew or a pretty young lady. Its rather refreshing to see him by hisself for a change. The few cameos from Gunplay, DJ Khaled, and DJ Drama don’t really count.
Peep the hot new video below:
I feel like Lebron the night of the NBA finals when I hear this song! “These ni**as wont hold me back!”
For what is deemed as being his best album to date, Rick Ross has set fire to the game with his latest track “Hold Me Back”. As the second lead single to the new cd ‘God Forgives, I Don’t’, “Hold Me Back” leaves no holds barred on why Rozay don’t plan on stopping no time soon. Shot in one of New Orleans grimmiest neighborhoods, Rozay and the locals rocked out giving the video that sense of pain and struggle that it needed. With cameo appearances by Mia X, Stalley, Swizz Beatz, and Gunplay, the ruined Calliope Projects was briefly given new life while the Bawse was in town.
Check out the video:
‘God Forgives, I Don’t’ drops July 31. Below is the official tracklist:
1. Pray For Us
3. 3 Kings
5. Maybach Music IV
8. Hold Me Back
10. So Sophisticated
12. Ice Cold
13. Touch’N You
14. Diced Pineapples
15. Ten Jesus Pieces
Do you think Rick Ross got another great album on his hands??
Ricky Rozay is definitely about to re-up on record sales. His upcoming album, God Forgives, I Don’t, is said to be his best work to date. Well, that may be true considering his next official single, “3 Kings”. The track features Dr. Dre and Jay-Z which is suitable for the song title. These three kings of hip hop teamed up with producer Jake One on this one.
Rozay recently sat down with MTV to express his appreciation for the song and loyalty to the Jigga man. “Jay-Z, that’s my big homey man and from day one anything I’ve ever asked O.G. for he always came through for me, so it’s vice-versa. He got a gangsta right here for life.”, says Rick Ross.
Listen to “3 Kings” below:
God Forgives, I Don’t is due out July 31.