R&B singer, Ashanti, has partnered up with Pandora to stream her upcoming studio album in its entirety. Due on March 4, Braveheart LP will include 13-tracks which features the Rick Ross-assisted “I Got It, “Love Games” featuring Jeremih, and “First Real Love” with Beenie Man. The only other feature on the album comes from rapper French Montana.
Ashanti – Braveheart (Tracklisting):
5. “Early in the Morning” (Feat. French Montana)
6. “3 Words”
7. “Love Games” (Feat. Jeremih)
9. “Never Should Have”
10. “She Can’t”
11. “Don’t Tell Me No”
12. “I Got It” (Feat. Rick Ross)
13. “First Real Love/Outro” (Feat. Beenie Man)
Click her for album stream: Ashanti – Braveheart
On Thursday night (Feb. 20), Def Jam, Maybach Music Group, and Tree Sound Studios (in Atlanta) hosted a private listening session for Mastermind. As expected, Rick Ross was in the building to present the album, which is less than 11 days away from its official release date (March 4). The place was packed with industry veterans, DJs, media, and tastemakers all under one roof to listen to Mastermind in its entirety before it goes public.
Celebrities and socialites including Trae the Truth, Lil Wayne, Tracy T, T-Pain, Terri Vaughn, Traci Braxton and her hubby Gabe, Big Tigger, DJ Drama, R.L. from Next, Mr. Ruggs, Blue Davinci and many others were also there in support of Ross’s new project.
Mali Hunter, a very well-respected industry vet and official hostess for the evening, and her Tree Sounds family laid out the red carpet for all of the guests. A delicious southern meal was prepared for everyone, which included fried chicken, green beans, collards, mac-n-cheese, pulled pork/chicken, and much more. Bellaire Rose, Ciroc, and Hennessey flowed through out the evening as well. As always, everyone felt comforted and excited about the new music that was coming.
As for Mastermind, let’s just say…Rick Ross may surprise a few with this new album. The level of continuity, concept, production and lyricism has remained the same, yet it has upgraded possibly due to his maturity in the game and as a man. The album, as a whole, is one that will be well-liked by hip hop heads. It is well-thought out. Tracks aren’t obviously thrown together, as many rap albums we’ve heard in the last 10 years. Mastermind stays true to Ross’s ability to bring imagination and truth together and make us all concisely visualize (and sonically hear) every aspect of his album.
To start, we all were greeted by Rick Ross and given a brief acknowledgement of gratitude for being in attendance to listen to his project. He gave the city of Atlanta and its industry experts major props, which was only right given the fact that he recently purchased Evander Holyfield’s sprawling estate and is now a local resident.
Within seconds, a video montage of photos (vintage to more recent) began to transition alongside each track off the album. The photos chosen were spot-on in that they helped all of us put each song into perspective. There are 12-tracks on Mastermind, including two bonus tracks. The entire album is one for your CD player or iPod. It is definitely “riding” music that you can play non-stop without getting frustrated by wack tracks or corny interludes.
But, based on the tracklist and my listening ear, below are my thoughts on a few stand-outs:
Track 1: Intro
Track 2: Rich Is Gangasta
Track 3: Drug Dealers Dream – takes you back to the 1980s/90′s drug wars; lyrically making us aware of the luxuries (and pitfalls) of being in the game.
Track 4: Shots Fired
Track 5: Nobody – the song pays homage to the late Notorious B.I.G., which many says Ross personifies in his swag and effortlessly rap style. The production goes as far as to sample B.I.G’s original recording and words “You’re nobody until somebody kills you”. This was definitely one that many fans will gravitate to.
Track 6: The Devil Is A Lie feat. Jay Z
Track 7: Mafia Music III feat. Sizzla & Mavado – Ross’s Miami roots, I’m sure, paid a part in his decision to record this joint. Sizzla and Mavado both do their part for that Jamican/Caribbean authenticity. I loved it. But, many people aren’t fans of reggae music. So, this may only be on the tracklist for diversity purposes.
Track 8: War Ready feat. Jeezy – We all know Jeezy murked this track. #Facts
Track 9: What A Shame
Track 10: Supreme
Track 11: Blk & Wht – This will be one of those joints that the D-Boys will gravitate to, for sure.
Track 12: Dope Bitch Skit – My initial thought about the skit was that it would have been funnier – or more impactful – if it wasn’t so long. It took up too much time for no reason at all.
Track 13: In Vein feat. The Weeknd – Decent song for the ladies.
Track 14: Sanctified feat. Kanye West & Big Sean- Kanye West went IN on this track! The production is absolutely crazy. Big Sean added a little extra flavor to it as well.
Track 15: Walkin On Air feat. Meek Mill
Track 16: Thug Cry feat. Lil Wayne
Bonus Tracks: The room did not get to hear the bonus tracks. Bummer… :-(
Track 17: Blessing In Disguise feat. Scarface & Z-Ro
Track 18: Paradise Lost
Track 19: You Know I Got It (Reprise)
My concern with the album is its ability to produce radio singles. I didn’t hear any except “Devil Is A Lie”, which has hit radio already. The only other joint that has any “single” potential is the Kanye West joint, “Sanctified”. But that’s only because of Kanye’s crossover status and Big Sean’s commercial-friendly voice. However, who knows. We’ve seen wilder things happen in music.
The other issue with Mastermind is Ross’s lyrical content. Of course, it’s a great business move to shout out your Wing Stop favorites (lemon-pepper wings) and alcohol brand. But, we heard it way too many times in the same context. Maybe if Ross figured out another catchy way to plug his brands, then it won’t seem over-done.
Lastly, he’s built this persona around himself as a BOSS – acknowledging the drug game, the “rich ni**a lifestyle, etc. However, it’s his sixth album and the perfect time to start talking about other things – more meaningful topics. Ross is a veteran at this point. It’s time to mature up – not only through his ability to produce a solid album – but mature through discussion topics as well. Although, he does deserve credit for telling the kids to “get an education” at the end of track 11, “Blk & Wht”. I appreciate Ross for that.
Mastermind drops March 4.
Elijah Black is a R&B cat signed to Roc Nation. With the release of this new joint “Sing For Me”, which features Rick Ross and Game, we assume he’s prepping to release a project sometime this year. Until then, check him out and let us know what you think.
Diddy to Co-Executive Produce ‘Mastermind’ + BTS In-Studio w/ JD, Rick Ross, Bieber, Wale & Stalley [PHOTOS]
Although the ATL nightlife took over headlines Thursday, it wasn’t all play for Diddy, Rick Ross, Justin Bieber, Jermaine Dupri, and a host of others. Apparently, Diddy wasn’t in the city to simply make an appearance at club Vanquish. He was also here to lend his expertise to the Miami-rapper, Rick Ross.
Ross, whom recently purchased Evander Holyfield’s sprawling estate on the southside of Atlanta, is in the final stages of his next release, Mastermind. Word is, Diddy is co-executive producer of the project. During a recent press conference, HipHopDX reports the reason behind Ross’s decision to sequester his talents.
“Diddy is one of the greatest producers of all time and someone I respect,” Ross says in a press release. “He has a proven track record of not only creating hit records but also classic albums. It just made sense for me to have him be a part of this process.”
Diddy said the process was one that required assistance from several people.
“It’s a team effort,” Diddy says in a press release. “Ross, [DJ] Khaled, Gucci Pucci and I are like a family. The goal for Mastermind was to create a classic album. Once we put all our superpowers together we knew there was nothing stopping us from accomplishing our goal.”
Considering Diddy’s resume, it’s going to be interesting to see if he can create the same magic with Ross.
While the world waits…here are a few in-studio photos of the fellas shared by JD @JWarhol on Instagram:
Mastermind is due March 4.
What we can expect from Mastermind, is probably a plethora of expected (and unexpected) collaborations. Rick Ross is methodically planning the tracklist and release of his upcoming album. His collaboration with Jay-Z is proof of it.
“Devil Is A Lie” sonically, continues Ross’s path of sampling soulful classics. This sound gives his music a nostalgic feel, which rap fans don’t mind. It helps separate MMG from other labels at this point. Production choices are top priority over at MMG. You can tell by listening to Meek Mill, Wale, and Stalley projects. They all have a certain feel to it.
Will Rick Ross’ Mastermind be a classic? There’s a lot riding on this one. So, we’ll see…
Take a listen to “Devil Is A Lie” below:
Pusha T releases new video for “Hold On” off of his album debut, My Name Is My Name. For this song, he enlists MMG boss Rick Ross for a little inspiration. The story line shows the real consequences of living the street life. It is good, though, that Pusha and Ross tells a group of men that there’s a better way.
Check out “Hold On” below:
Tracy T & Fat Trel Announced As Newest Members of MMG + Tracy T’s ‘Same B*tch’ Video & A3C Festival Photos
Rick Ross is building a strong team over at Maybach Music Group. The best way to stay relevant and keep the streets flooded is to have some of raps hottest artists part of the camp. We’ll we guess that’s exactly what Ross believes too.
Wednesday, Rick Ross took to Twitter to announce two new additions that will accompany Wale, Meek Mill, Stalley, Rockie Fresh, Omarion, and Gunplay. First off, the bawse shouted out Fat Trel from D.C. Secondly, Atlanta rapper Tracy T received his acknowledgement. From the looks of it, Ross is strategically pulling artists from different regions of the country. Again, what better way to cover the market.
STACKS Magazine recently got the chance to see Tracy T, in particular, perform during the annual A3C Hip Hop Music Festival in Atlanta. He has the looks and swag to definitely get the ladies talking. His song with Que “Same B-tch” had the streets talking this past summer. Although, he may not be as lyrical as MMG’s other artist, we’re assuming Ross knows he can fill a certain void for the fans that enjoy that type of music.
Congrats to both fellas!
Here a couple pictures from Tracy T’s performance at A3C and the official video for “Same B-tch”:
What do you think? Are Tracy T and Fat Trel good additions to MMG?
New Music: DJ Khaled – “I Feel Like Pac/I Feel Like Biggie” feat. Diddy, Meek Mill, Swizz Beatz, T.I., & Rick Ross
DJ Khaled always seem to know the key to capturing ones attention. Like the stunt he pulled on MTV when he asked Nicki Minaj to marry him, Khaled is causing a stir again on social media sites. This time, however, involve the use of two of hip hop’s greatest emcees.
The new track “I Feel Like Pac / I Feel Like Biggie” pays homage to the two deceased rappers. Diddy, T.I., Meek Mill, Rick Ross, and Swizz Beatz lend bars to the Beat Bully-produced track. Although, Meek and T.I. carried the song, many can’t get over the fact that DJ Khaled even had the audacity to use Tupac and Notorious BIG’s name in its main hook. Many people feel as though this was somewhat a slap in the face. For instance, Ma$e took to his Twitter and Instagram to air out his frustration.
“Ni–as sold u out BIG. I hate the way your legacy has been watered down. I don’t have to be from Bk. Let him rest. #respect”
Does Ma$e and other critics have a point? Or is everyone blowing this whole situation out of proportion?
Whichever the case, DJ Khaled is getting a great buzz out of it, which is especially beneficial considering he’s dropping Suffering From Success soon.
Regardless of how things may go, John Legend is always liable to have some good music. It all started with Get Lifted, his introduction into R&B solo music. After that, he came with the soothingly melodic Once Again. Taking a different direction with Evolver, some considered it his least favorable album. With Love In The Future, many listeners are wondering where he will go with his music.
After listening to this album for over 2 weeks, it seems as if John Legend wanted to make great music on his own terms.
Regardless of the originality of the track, John Legend still unleashes his soul into the music. The Bobby Caldwell classic “Open Your Eyes” gets a reboot to ensure both R&B and hip hop lovers can nod their heads in unison. The track “Who Do You Think You Are” comes through with lush soul samples and an equitably nice Rick Ross verse to make it complete. Yet, it is the short but sweet “Angel”, featuring the angelic toned Stacy Barthe, which should have become a full length song. Even still, John Legend lets his inner sanctum shine over samples of familiarity.
The best thing about this album, however, is the simple-yet-effective song writing that becomes personal by the minute. “So Gone” plays like an anthem for those that want to live life for themselves while John reflects on how he had to “make it on his own”. “You And I” is the dedication to the love of his life. But, it is the observance of her beauty in his eyes in combination with his surroundings that make the song so endearing. It is these moments of self-expression that will win any John Legend fan over.
On Love In The Future, John Legend reaches in the past and the present to express where he wants to head. Many may miss out on the true meaning of this album. Others will make their own meaning of it. Either or, we all have to realize that John Legend is expressing himself through the language of love. That language will exist in the present, reach back to the past, or touch on future desires. With that said, it is easy to see that John Legend made an album full of great music for whatever time period is on anyone’s mind.
Rick Ross is making his way into the acting world. His first on-screen debut came by the way of STARZ hit original series, “Magic City.”
In the new season, Ross plays a numbers runner name Butterball. Many of his close industry friends and associates attended the private screening at the Eventi Hotel, in Miami. In the video, you will see appearances by Rocko, Estelle, DJ Khaled, Meek Mill, Elliott Wilson, Shaheem Reid, and Craig Kallman.
Check out the private screening event below:
In efforts to push his upcoming album Suffering From Success, DJ Khaled drops the visuals to his smash hit “No New Friends.” The track features his musical comrades Rick Ross, Drake, and Lil Wayne as each of the rap Gods showcase living in luxury. The twist to the video is the back-in-the-day scenes in which the fellas let us see what life would’ve been like in 1996…with the same friends that’s been there since day one.
Check out the video below…
Maybach Music’s ‘Self-Made Vol. 3′ Release Date & Cover Art + “Oil Money Gang” feat. Jadakiss [Video]
Rick Ross and the MMG label will drop a new compilation album on August 6. Self Made 3 will feature MMG artists like Meek Mill, Stalley, Wale, newcomer Rockie Fresh, Gunplay and some of Ross’ additional friends. Peep the official cover art …
As the first single from the project, “Oil Money Gang” features New York rapper Jadakiss. Check out the video below:
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.