Cash Money Records’ Baby a.k.a. Birdman has confirmed speculation suggesting he is actively pursuing an opportunity to sign Rick Ross‘ Maybach Music Group.
Although brief with his remarks, Baby said discussions are taking place.
“We in talks right now,” Baby said in an interview. “If we do or if we don’t that’s still my partner, and one day in life we will, if time means now and if time means later, we will…That’s my friend first of all, that’s my partner [and] that’s my homie. I have a lot of respect for Ross and what he’s trying to do.” (XXL Mag)
Based on the spinning rumor mill earlier this month, Baby’s Cash Money powerhouse is not the only contender for Ross’ imprint.
Apparently, all the powermove business talk Rozay teased me with in Miami rings true. Besides the impending signings of Wale (I heard the deal went through yesterday, but now I can’t get anyone to confirm) and Meek Mill to his imprint, he’s being courted by the music industry’s bosses for MMG. Inside sources have told me the players include: Jay-Z‘s Roc Nation/Sony; Birdman’s CMB; Lyor Cohen and the good folks at Warner; and Diddy and [Jimmy] Iovine at Interscope. (Rap Radar)
After signing Wale last weekend, Ross announced inking Philadelphia-bred emcee Meek Mill a few days ago.
“EVERYONE WELCOME @MEEKMILL TO THE EMPIRE!!! #MMG,” Ross tweeted February 8th.
“put 1 in tha air for the team!!! #MMG we plot’n… @drefilms @meekmill @gunplaydonlogan @wale@maga2dazeen @blackbomaybach @spifftvfilms #MMG”
“It’s Offical.. @meekmill signs w/ @maybachmusicgrp Blog1http://vimeo.com/19726835″ (Rick Ross’ Twitter)
In late 2009, Ross revealed plans to drop a joint album with Birdman.
“We gonna let that [album] go next year,” Ross promised in an interview. “The whole concept behind it was we wanted to do different so and do a movie. Taking the movie process is a whole lot longer than the music, so we’ve just been leaking records here now just to let ‘em know it’s coming. But we actually start filming at the very end of this year.” (Hip Hop Official)
Check out a past Birdman interview below: