Maybach Music Group leader Rick Ross recently spoke out on his relationship with rap mogul Jay Z and why Jigga has played a bigger role than just a collaborator over the past seven years.
While Hov has helped enhance Ross’ music, the biggest boss said Jay has gave him life-long advice throughout the years.
“He’s been a part of pretty much every project I’ve put together as a solo artist. He’s always been there any time I’ve made a call. It’s just an array of things I’ve learned from him outside of music, like handling business and money. …I come from down South where I want the music, bass and the beats that shake the walls. Hov talked to me about performing (and) what live music brings to the table.” (Associated Press)
Ricky Rozay also spoke on putting together the new MMG release, Self Made, Volume 3.
“When you see compilations like this, you see longevity. With us, we have people who are on top of their game. But we want to bring more artists into the fold, and give young artists an opportunity to be on the same playing field with us. That in itself speaks volumes to someone at home chasing their dreams.” (Associated Press)
Earlier in the summer, the “Boss” credited Jay for strengthening ties between hip-hop and mega corporations like Samsung with his new Magna Carta Holy Grail album release.
“It’s one of those situations where Hov is creating new rules for the hip-hop game, for the rap game.” Ross said in an interview. “I mean, it’s exciting. I released a photo of Chelsea Clinton when I went to a Samsung event and you see corporations like Samsung reaching back into hip-hop, I think it’s a sign to let us know for the next 20 years we gonna make power moves, we gonna get money.” (Civil TV)
Outside of Jigga talk, Ricky Rozay is packing his bags and setting off on a “Mastermind” tour in November.
The 8-city “Mastermind” tour kicks off on Nov. 12 in Detroit and hits cities including Boston, New York, and Atlanta, wrapping on Nov. 23 in his hometown of Miami. The 37-year-old rapper will perform with the 1500 or Nothin’ Band aka “The Fifteen Hundreds.” He debuted the new stage show at a concert at Club Nokia in Los Angeles last month. “It’s never been done like this,” said Ross. “We’ll be performing everything from ‘Tears of Joy’ to ‘Aston Martin Music,’ all with a live band. It’s time to remind everyone what Maybach Music is all about.” (Rap-Up)