News: Rick Ross' Protégé Inks Huge Def Jam Deal, "Breaking News!!!! Just Signed Big Solo LP Deal"
Tuesday, Jul 3, 2012 4:01PM
Maybach Music Group's Gunplay is taking his talent to the house music mogul Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin built by inking a solo album deal to Def Jam Records.
Maybach Music Group head Rick Ross broke the news Tuesday (July 3) afternoon.
":Breaking News!!!! @GUNPLAYMMG just Signed Big Solo Lp Deal @MaybachMusicGrp @DefJamRecords Debut Album Coming!!!!Streets Been Ready!!!," he tweeted July 3rd.
"We will not stop!!!! #HoldmeBack"
"Proud of my lil bro.Congrats!!!!! @GUNPLAYMMG @MaybachMusicGrp @DefJamRecords" (Rick Ross' Twitter)
Last summer, Gunplay talked about watching Ricky Rozay's Maybach crew grow.
"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)
Just last year, Gunplay's mentor brought his MMG empire 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)
The rapper's relationship alongside Ricky Rozay reportedly dates back 15 years.
Maybach Music Group Triple C's member Gunplay has been rooted in the rap game dating back to when the Carol City natives Ross and Gunplay met in 1997 their passion for music lead to the formation of Carol City Cartel better known as Triple C's;. The trio worked hard to build a buzz, later releasing their debut album Custom Cars & Cycles in 2009; after being featured on Rick Ross' first two platinum albums Port of Miami, and Trilla. Gunplay, Torch, & Young Breed have showed their prowess as a group and individually as solo emcees. Gunplay made his solo debut on Rick Ross' third number one album Deeper Than Rap featured on the track "Gunplay." (Reverb Nation)
Check out a past Gunplay interview below: