News: Gunplay On Rick Ross' MMG Empire, "I've Been Famous For A Long Time, So I'm Not Big On Being Jealous"
Tuesday, Jun 7, 2011 5:11PM
Triple C's Gunplay has provided his take on Rick Ross raising their brand up a notch by expanding Maybach Music Group with the addition of rappers like Wale and Meek Mill.
Asked for his reaction to the new empire, Gunplay said jealously does not even cross his mind.
"I've been famous a long time, so I'm not really big on being jealous," Gun explained in an interview. "If they shinin', they shinin'. They're excellent artists. They got a fanbase, so for Ross to put them out in the forefront, I like that. I hope he wouldn't put nobody wack in the forefront. So shoutout to Meek Mill, Wale, Pill. They getting' it in. Talented artists...I don't question Ross' business moves. I just go with the flow, 'cause at the end of the day, he is for the team. So whatever is benefiting the team, I'm with. So if that means doing things to Make Maybach Music better, then I'm cool." (VIBE)
A couple weeks ago, Ross defended his decision to bring Maybach Music Group to Warner Bros.
"You know, as a boss you gotta make certain things happen and that's what I was able to do," Ross explained in an interview. "Me, as a solo artist, we're still at Def Jam Records, I have another album or two [to release due to contractual obligation]. But me being an executive, me being a boss, Maybach Music, I had an opportunity to sow my royal oats. We needed a situation that understood that we could make music at a much quicker rate than a lot of people do. And I wanted to put out music at that same rate. I think it's obviously, since we closed the deal, maybe a little more than two months later, here we are today, Self Made in stores. It's constant meetings and discussions and attorney hours. I got great relationships over at Def Jam, so I was pretty much getting my words across. It basically just came down to what was best for Maybach Music and Warner." (RapFix)
Maybach Music's Warner Bros. debut landed on the sales chart last week.
Maybach Music Group's Self Made compilation also debuted on the chart at No. 5. With a week under their belts, the new disc has sold 58,900 copies in its first week on store shelves (SOHH Sales Wrap)
In May, MMG's Wale described the different approach he now takes to music since joining Ross' team.
"I never knew how to get lost in music. I never knew how to just wake up, smoke a J, and play music all day," Wale explained when asked what he has learned from Ross. "I do that now. When I recorded [my 2009 debut] Attention Deficit, I treated the studio like it was a 9-5. I walked in there with my briefcase--which was my book bag--with my music, some energy drinks, and some weed. I come in at 11 and I clocked out at five no matter what I got done. Now, there's times where I left the studio at nine in the morning after I went in at six the night before." (Complex)
Check out a recent Gunplay interview below: