Maybach Music Make Announcement/ 2 Chainz Wants You To “Respect My Vote!”/ Nicki Minaj North American Tour/ New Music

Posted: May 3, 2012 in Hip Hop News

Maybach Music Group Announces Album Release Dates, Partnerships at NYC Press Conference

by Steven J. Horowitz

Last week, Maybach Music Group and Warner Bros. Records sent a save the date for a special press conference to take place at the Eventi Hotel in New York City. Rumors circulated that the event, hosted by Rap Radar’s Elliott Wilson, would be for the signing of Omarion and Mase, as well as release dates for Self Made Vol. 2 and God Forgives, I Don’t.

This afternoon, Ross appeared to announce several new ventures including a big and tall line with Swizz Beatz and Reebok; a June 26th release date for Self Made Vol. 2; an August 28th release date for Meek Mill’s debut Dreams & Nightmares; a July 31st release date for Rick Ross’ God Forgives, I Don’t; and Omarion’s signing to Maybach Music Group.

With Def Jam and WBR executives including Lyor Cohen, Steve Bartels and Todd Moscowitz, as well as Sean “Diddy” Combs and Swizz Beatz, in attendance, the event began with a short film that showcased the MMG squad, which includes Rick Ross, Wale, Meek Mill and Stalley. CEO of Recorded Music for Warner Bros. Lyor Cohen took the podium to introduce Ross, marking the first time that he’s publicly introduced an artist or label since Roc-A-Fella Records 18 years ago.

“When I got a chance to meet him, I saw someone that was going to be undeterred in achieving the success that he has,” said Cohen. “He’s not satisfied. There’s no stopping him. I’m so grateful that I’m associated with him and that the Warner Bros. label is associated with him. The possibilities that Rick and Maybach Music are going to bring is going to be, in my mind, unprecedented.”

After a short Q&A with Ross about his in-studio work ethic and social media savvy, Swizz Beatz took the podium to announce a partnership with Rick Ross for Reebok to release a big and tall clothing line.

“He’s going to lead the big and tall movement,” said Swizz. “There’s a limit with clothes that stops at a certain point. With Ross, everything has to be custom made. […] I felt that instead of just doing a regular sneaker, we give Ross his own big and tall line.”

Diddy was next to take the stage, praising Ross’ abilities and thanking him for promoting Ciroc. “I’m here to celebrate the hard work and success of my brother Rick Ross,” he said. “He, to me, is one of the hardest working men in this business. To have a relationship with him, this is not by accident. […] I know he will go down in history as one of the great record men.”

Wale took over to announce that Self Made Vol. 2 will release on June 26th, while Meek Mill revealed that his debut album Dreams & Nightmares will drop on August 28th. Rick Ross also said that his upcoming album God Forgives, I Don’t will hit retail on July 31st and that a single will drop “extremely soon.”

Rick Ross then brought out Omarion and announced him as the latest signing to Maybach Music Group. “A lot of people have been wondering what’s up with Omarion? Is his career over?” said Omarion. “I’ve never been a fan of popular opinion, but from now on, when you see me, understand that it’s Maybach Music.” After French Montana announced the release date for his debut Excuse My French (July 17th), and that the first single will feature Rick Ross, Drake and Lil Wayne, Omarion played his new single “Let’s Talk” that samples The Notorious B.I.G.

Rick Ross said that he just “lets the rumors circulate” regarding signings, but wouldn’t confirm any partnerships with Mase, Dom Kennedy or Nipsey Hussle. (

2 Chainz Named Spokesman For 2012 “Respect My Vote!” Campaign

by Roman Wolfe

Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz is teaming with the Hip Hop Caucus for the 2012 2012 “Respect My Vote!” campaign.

The Hip Hop Caucus’ non-partisan effort is aimed at mobilizing young voters between the ages of 18 and 40, registering new voter, and teaching felons about their voting rights.

“It meant so much to me when I learned that I had the right to vote, because I’m an ex-felon, who has been blessed with the opportunity to completely turn my life around and become a positive influence to my family and community. It’s very important that once disenfranchised men and women know they can be a part of American democracy again, they have second chance,“ said 2 Chainz. “I’m honored to be a spokesperson for the 2012 ‘Respect My Vote!’ campaign, and to be a part of a movement where celebrities and the community can work together to promote empowerment through political participation.”

According to Reverend Lennox Yearwood of the Hip Hop Caucus, 2 Chainz was specifically selected for his ability to speak to the “Respect My Vote!” target audience, in an authentic manner.

A broad, national coalition of civic engagement organizations are backing the campaign, which will work to counter misinformation disseminated about felons’ and their rights.

The issue disproportionately impacts over 1.4 African-American males.

“Lives will be changed and lives will be saved because 2 Chainz is using his voice to speak authentically to those who have been disenfranchised,” said Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus. “2 Chainz is serious about empowering ex-felons to exercise their right to vote, and I’m so sincerely and deeply proud to be able to show the world that this is what democracy looks like.” (

Nicki Minaj Announces Pink Friday North American Tour

In addition to these dates, Nicki will also be playing a few radio shows including Hot 97′s Summer Jam in New York (June 3), according to Fans can expect to catch her at Wild 94.9′s Wild Jam in San Francisco (May 10), 102.7 KIIS FM’s Wango Tango in L.A. (May 12), Wired 96.5 Fest in Philadelphia (June 1), Jam’n 94.5 Summer Jam in Boston on (June 2), Hot 97 Summer Jam in New York (June 3) and Hot Jam in Hartford (July 20).

Nicki will be bringing back her famous meet and greets where fans will have the chance to purchase a VIP laminate and lithograph and be the first to enter the venue on the night of the show.  During these meets, the “Starships” rapper will be signing autographs and taking photos with each of her Barbz. Fans interested in purchasing these VIP packages can get them here.

This all comes as Nicki will be prepping for her European tour which starts June 8 in Stockholm, Sweden and closes at the V Festival 2012 in Hylands Park, Chelmsford, UK on August 18. See below for the rest of her North American Pink Friday tour dates:

July 16 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre

 July 17 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre Detroit

July 19 – Cleveland, OH – State Theatre at Playhouse Square

 July 22 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre Atlanta

July 24 – Miami, FL – James L. Knight Center

July 26 – Birmingham, AL – Boutwell Auditorium

July 28 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center

 July 29 – Dallas, TX – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie

July 31 – St. Louis, MO – Peabody Opera House

 August 2 – Denver, CO – Wells Fargo Theatre

 August 4 – Las Vegas, NV – Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

August 7 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre

August 11 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre

August 12 – Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre (


2 Chainz – No Lie feat. Drake

Chief Keef – I Don’t Like (remix) ft. Pusha T, Jadakiss, Kanye West, & Big Sean

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