After weeks of speculation and rumor, Rick Ross has officially inked Roc Nation’s Wale to his own Maybach Music artist roster.
Issuing a tweet to RapRadar.com owner Elliott Wilson reading “the ink dry. lets go,” Wale’s placement on Maybach Music has now been confirmed.
With the Maybach Music Group still in a middle of a bidding war, the man himself, Wale has confirmed that he officially inked his deal with Rozay’s empire, but is still being managed by Roc Nation. Congrats! (Rap Radar)
Around mid-December, Ross revealed his intent to sign Wale and Philadelphia-bred emcee Meek Millz to his label.
“I look for next year to be an even bigger year,” Ross said in an interview. “We just brought Jah Cure to the team. That’s one of the biggest reggae superstars in the game. We just did a deal with that. Look for that first quarter. I’m talking to an artist out of Philly that I think is the future of Philly. Meek Millz, I’m talking to him right now about Maybach Music. As well as I’m talking to Wale.” (The Source)
Ross also elaborated on his Wale co-sign and what he brings to the table.
“Wale is a hustler,” Ross added. “I feel he’s one record away from being the next n*gga. He’s just a naturally fly n*gga. Slick talking n*gga. That’s right up my alley. I just think that comradery, riding with Rozay, it’ll mean that much more. I feel he’s one record away. As well as Meek Millz.” (The Source)
A week prior, Wale hinted at plans of signing to Ross’ imprint.
“Maybach Music,” Wale tweeted December 10th.
“It had to be done..2011 gonna be serious situation RT @rickyrozay: @Wale it’s a lifestyle.”
“New year, new sounds, new deal, same Olubowale 2011 is gonna be beautiful , glory be to God.” (Wale’s Twitter)
Check out some recent Wale footage below: