Maybach Music Group leader Rick Ross is not looking back on the recent signing of Chicago rapper Rockie Fresh and said despite the 21 year-old’s youth, he is ready to hang with the big boys.
Ricky Rozay said Fresh’s hard work ethic and grind ultimately told him he can handle the pressure of producing with high expectations.
It didn’t take long after the initial meeting for Ross to figure out that he wanted to add Rockie to his MMG roster, which already includes Wale, Meek Mill, Stalley, Gunplay and former B2K frontman Omarion. “He puts it on a plate and gives it to you just so clean,” Ross said of Fresh. “I like to say he has a system and I’m sitting back and I’m watching all his videos, his virals and I’m like, ‘Yo, this kid is ready for the majors right here.’ Because this is major, what I’m looking at is major and I just wanted it to be organic.” (MTV)
Last week, Ross briefly touched on getting familiar with Fresh’s background before offering him a record deal.
“I had heard some of his music but I never got to put a face with the voice and the name,” Ross said when asked about Fresh. “I stayed up a couple nights and Googled basically all of his videos. … I was just a fan at that point. I was loving how homie was coming across — he just kept everything so simple and straight forward and just had dope lyrics and dope hooks and concepts, so I flew him out, we kicked it and he went back home and you know, of course everything else went to work.” (“The Bootleg Kev Show”)
Fresh recently admitted he had other deals other than Maybach Music Group’s offered to him.
“It was a crazy feeling man….I honestly did have good amount of offers on the table,” Rockie explained. “Even though my situation is kinda under the radar, a lot of people took interest in the music from an industry point of view. I had some good looks, but nothing felt as real as the MMG situation. “Knowing how Ross is, being able to be around him, he’s probably one of the best dudes to be working for,” the Chi-town native added. “He makes it more so feel like you are working with him. It’s one of those situations that felt real good to me. I feel we gonna make a lot of bread together down the line.” (XXL Mag)
They both broke the news of their partnership on Twitter earlier this month.
Maybach Music Group’s power circle just got a bit wider. Rick Ross has officially signed Chicago MC Rockie Fresh to MMG. Rozay made the announcement in the early a.m., via Twitter. “Everyone Welcome @rockiefresh to [email protected] Family!!!!,” tweeted the “So Sophisticated” rapper along with a pic of the signing. Rockie followed up with his own message, tweeting, “Salute to @RickyRozay for seeing my vision. We #RichForever #MMG.” (Hip Hop Wired)
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