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Nas & Rick Ross Team Up To Deliver Another Chin Check (Audio)

Throughout the last dozen years, Nas and Rick Ross have collaborated many times, usually on Rozay's albums. The South Florida rapper is clearly inspired by Nas—an artist whose many gifts include detailed imagery, and a knack for blending street exploits with quote-worthy wisdom. Fresh off of last year's stellar "Powers... Read more

Drake & Meek Mill End Their Beef & Embrace On Stage (Video)

Three years ago, the biggest beef in Rap music was between Drake and Meek Mill. In July of 2015, Meek Mill launched a campaign that may have forever shaped Drake's perception in the Hip-Hop community. The Maybach Music Group star accused Drizzy using ghostwriters and references for songs, including one... Read more

Meek Mill Uses His Freedom To Deliver The Year’s Most Powerful Performance (Video)

Moments ago, Meek Mill took the stage at the 2018 BET Awards. Just several weeks since being released from prison, the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania MC was introduced by Black Thought, Questlove, Kevin Hart, and Lil Uzi Vert (who calls the MC by his early hometown mixtape name "Meek Millz"), with statistics... Read more

J. Cole’s Passionate Performance Calls For Meditation Instead Of Medication (Video)

Tonight (June 24), J. Cole performed at the 2018 BET Awards. Cole used the televised stage to lead with the introduction to April's K.O.D album. Wale was the first person that viewers saw, sitting on a stage chair, staring at a television. The moment comes a year and a half... Read more

9th Wonder Brings Smif-n-Wessun & Rick Ross Together For A Song That’s Super Fly (Audio)

9th Wonder is a master mixer—not just behind the turntables or in the swivel chair in front of the tracking boards, the North Carolina native is gifted at fusing worlds together. At the height of "mixtape Lil Wayne," he brought Weezy F. Baby to Little Brother for a meaningful collaboration... Read more

Meek Mill Is Released From Prison On Bail

Meek Mill appears to be a free man today (April 24). The Philadelphia rapper has been incarcerated since last November and is now out on bail. Today, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered his immediate release from a Chester prison. Moments later, the Maybach Music Group/Atlantic Records artist returned to social... Read more

Stalley Rates The Bars Of His Former Maybach Music Group Family (Video)

Stalley recently returned to independence, and he seems to love it. The Massillon, Ohio MC has been on a tear ever since, releases a plethora of projects. Promoting last month's Tell The Truth Shame The Devil, Vol. 2, the Blue Collar Gang leader is the latest guest judge on "Rate... Read more

Rick Ross Is Home From The Hospital & Continuing Treatment

On Thursday (March 1) Rap star Rick Ross was rushed to a Miami, Florida hospital after a suspected heart attack. Today (March 5), after a quietly concerning weekend, the Maybach Music Group founder is reported to have returned home. TMZ reports that the 42-year-old rapper returned to his residence early... Read more

Stalley Has Left MMG & His Sway Freestyle Shows He’s Self-Made (Video)

Ohio MC Stalley has spent much of his career attached to movements. Most notably, in his days with Rick Ross' MMG squad, he was part of three Top 5 Maybach Music Group Self-Made compilations in the early 2010s. The MC followed with his own Top 40 debut Ohio in 2014.... Read more

Meek Mill Is Back In Jail Even Though The D.A. & Police Don’t Want Him There (Video)

Today (November 8), Meek Mill turned himself into processing with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. He begins a sentence ordered Monday (November 6) of two-to-four years for probation violation. Meanwhile, Meek Mill’s lawyer is upping the ante in his battle of words against the judge overseeing the case. Joe Tacopina,... Read more

Meek Mill Takes A Major Loss. He Is Sentenced To 2-4 Years In Prison (Video)

Earlier in 2017, Meek Mill released his third album, Wins & Losses. On the Maybach Music Group/Atlantic Records LP, the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native confronted real-life issues, including a pill addiction, a high-profile romantic breakup with Nicki Minaj, and a 2015 feud with Drake that did not appear to go as... Read more

God May Forgive, But Apparently Rick Ross Does Not. Ask Meek Mill… (Video)

It will soon be nine years since Rick Ross and 50 Cent entered a beef. According to some theories, that conflict reportedly began over 50 Cent complimenting Ross on an album milestone while warning him to not associate with Fat Joe in 2008. Later that year, a reported glance at... Read more

Action Bronson & Rick Ross Are 2 Rap Heavyweights With Blue Chip Skills (Audio)

At the top of the decade, imagining Action Bronson and Rick Ross together on a song may have been a reach. Bronson was a symbol of New York City DIY Hip-Hop, upholding the '90s sound that influences him. Meanwhile, Ross was ushering in the sound of the clubs, making pounding... Read more

Meek Mill Says He’s Not Rapping For Money Anymore. He Wants To Be The Greatest (Video)

Meek Mill's Wins & Losses album did not get the coveted #1 spot in its first full week available. However, the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania MC appears to be in a place in his career where that may not be the biggest point. The Maybach Music Group/Warner Bros. Records artist used this... Read more

The Comeback Kid: Meek Mill Has Lost Many Battles, But He Just Might Win The War (Video)

Hip-Hop Heads will soon see whether or not Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. will hold the #1 spot on the 200, or if that distinction goes to Tyler, The Creator's Flower Boy, or Meek Mill's Wins & Losses. Projections favor the latter two, which would be a first for the Odd Future front-man... Read more

Stalley Has Cosigns From A Who’s Who Of Rap. He Still Rides His Own Wave (Video)

Massillon, Ohio rapper Stalley has a mixed bag of influences to pull inspiration from. He had admitted influence from home state heroes like The O’Jays, Bootsy Collins, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and Kid Kudi, as well as out-of-towners like Nas, Outkast and Bruce Springsteen, to name a few. According to the  Maybach... Read more

Meek Mill’s Blueprint For A Comeback Is Music With A Powerful Message (Video)

Since initiating a high-profile battle-beef with Drake in 2015, Meek Mill's career has been distinctly different than before. The Philly MC suffered a well-publicized breakup with Nicki Minaj, landed up in another high-profile beef with The Game (plus Beanie Sigel), and also entered his thirties. Once a gold-certified, #1 artist,... Read more

Papoose Blacks Out On A Remix With Rick Ross That’s No Bull (Audio)

Last year, Papoose dropped one of the strongest singles of his career. Not yet attached to any album, video single "Back On My B.S." was 100% welcomed. The track featuring extended family Fat Joe and Jaquae put the Brooklyn, New York spitter's fast-rap talents on a tremendous beat, and let... Read more

Nas Powers Up With His First Verse Of The Year (Audio)

Last month, during a DJ battle between Just Blaze and Swizz Beatz, the Ruff Ryders producer brought out the big guns. Swizzy played a never-before heard song by Nas, Jay Z, Jadakiss, and DMX. On one hand, the record called back to the late '90s and early 2000s, when Ruff... Read more

Drake Opens Up For The First Time About Ghostwriting & Forcefully Defends His Pen (Audio)

In 2016, Drake does not often do interviews. The Canadian MC/singer was guarded upon his 2008-2009 entrance into the music industry. With the best-selling Hip-Hop album of 2016 in VIEWS, that wall has apparently only heightened. Drake typically addresses his life through lyrics, occasionally social media, and a few limited... Read more

Wale Uses Groundhog Day To Show J. Cole He Walks In No One’s Shadow (Video)

In the closing days of 2016, J. Cole shocked the Hip-Hop stratosphere with his song "False Prophets (Be Like This)." While not included in the final cut of 4 Your Eyez Only, the music video did first appear in the album's corresponding documentary. Within, the Roc Nation star, approaching his... Read more

Pusha T & Rick Ross Join Forces For a Street Anthem About Hard Choices (Audio)

Now that he's an official Maybach Music Group artist, rapper Tracy T has enlisted two major heavyweights to deliver his biggest look yet. "Choices" features Pusha T and Rick Ross and is featured on Tracy's forthcoming LP, Millionaire Nightmares. As the title suggests, the record centers around life's many options... Read more

Lupe Fiasco & Big K.R.I.T. Reconnect For A High Powered Message (Audio)

Lupe Fiasco is less than a month away from his sixth album, Drogas Light (February 10). That 1st & 15th/Atlantic Records LP has an interesting collaboration in the form of "Tranquillo." The song features Big K.R.I.T. as well as Rick Ross. In 2016, Lu' and Krizzle teamed up for Dee-1's... Read more

Rick Ross & Smoke DZA Roll Like Superheroes On A Pete Rock Track (Video)

One of the most exciting collaborations of Smoke DZA & Pete Rock's 2016 release Don't Smoke Rock is "Black Superhero Car." This song pairs Rick Ross over "Chocolate Boy Wonder" production for the first time in his career. Ross, who has long been an advocate of Smoke DZA's, sounds great... Read more

For Wale, Either You’re With Him Or You Get The Heisman (Audio)

From Phife Dawg's Bo Jackson and Joe Namath name-checking verse on "Scenario" to Kanye West's "Barry Bonds," Hip-Hop loves sports (and vice versa). While artists like Master P chased sports dreams, Jay Z has become a sports agent, and former standout athletes like Nelly, GQ, and Ice Cube have found... Read more

Wale Celebrates Black Women As The Beautiful Gold They Are (Video)

Wale chose the last month of 2016 to find his best stride in some time. Earlier this month, J. Cole released "False Prophets (Be Like This)." Without naming names, the song challenged some of Cole's peers and greatest inspirations. Less than 48 hours after it released, Wale responded with "Groundhog... Read more

Wale Fires Back At J. Cole And He Names Names (Audio)

In the last 48 hours, J. Cole not only announced an album, he released a documentary leading up to 4 Your Eyez Only. Then, music heard in the doc' released on its own, in the form of two critical video singles, "False Prophets (Be Like This)" and "Everybody Gotta Die." Both... Read more

Rick Ross Raps On His First Pete Rock Track & Smokes It (Audio)

On Rick Ross's most recent album, 2015's Black Market, he notably recruited DJ Premier for some scratches. In '16, Rozay works with another legendary DJ/producer, blessing a Pete Rock track, from P.R. and Smoke DZA's Don't Smoke Rock collaborative LP (December 2). "Black Superhero Car" is reminiscent of Wale, Jadakiss,... Read more

Meek Mill Breaks His Silence On Drake, Game & Beans. He Has A LOT To Say. (Audio)

Last week, Meek Mill released mixtape DC4. The fourth installment of the Dreamchasers series, which began in 2011, finds the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania MC in a completely different spot than when he began. In the years since, Meek has two gold solo albums, two platinum singles, and his own roster of... Read more

Cormega & Gunplay Flow Together Like Guns & Butter (Audio)

Cormega is known for his laid back delivery. While he can spit his words quickly, the Queensbridge veteran never needs to raise his voice to drive a point home. Maybach Music Group's Gunplay is a bit different. The Miami, Florida MC is one who amplifies tracks with his raw emotion,... Read more

Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly Is Now Platinum As RIAA Adds Streams To Criteria

Two of 2015's most talked about Hip-Hop albums can now claim platinum status. Just weeks before the Grammy Awards, Kendrick Lamar's sophomore major label album To Pimp A Butterfly now has the same celebrated benchmark of its 2012 predecessor, good kid, m.A.A.d city. Additionally, Big Sean achieves his first platinum... Read more

Stalley’s “Saving Yusuf” Mixtape Is A Return To His Soulful Slap (Mixtape)

For several years, Stalley has excelled in creating what he has dubbed "Intelligent Trunk Music." As the name suggests, the sound is characterized by Stalley's own brand of thoughtful lyrics, enveloped in car-rattling soulful beats. When Stalley signed to Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group, the contrast in the two MCs'... Read more

Rick Ross Leaves Def Jam, Signs With Epic Records

For the last decade, Rick Ross has been a star at Def Jam Records. Since releasing breakthrough single "Hustlin'" in 2006, Ross released eight albums with the New York City based label. Five of those albums reached #1 on the charts, while half of those works have been certified gold.... Read more

50 Cent’s Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ vs. Rick Ross’ Teflon Don. Which Is Better?

One year ago, Ambrosia For Heads launched a debate among its readers seeking to answer one of Hip-Hop’s most hotly-contested questions: who is the greatest MC of all time? “Finding The GOAT MC” lasted between September 2014 and May 2015, engaging millions of readers and ultimately producing its winner, as... Read more

The Power Circle Opens: Wale & Jay Rock Have Words Over Kendrick Lamar

It was all good three years ago... 2012 was a breakthrough year for the alliance forged between TDE and Maybach Music Group. While several records would follow, Kendrick Lamar notably appeared on MMG video single "Power Circle" from the Self Made, Vol. 2 compilation release. In the months after, K-Dot... Read more

Rick Ross Gets Livid About Billboard’s Disrespect of Tupac (Video)

Rick Ross joined The Breakfast Club for one of his rawest and most spirited interviews in years. Ross was so forthright that, by the end of the conversation, Charlemagne The God referred to him as "fearless." The MMG boss discussed a number of topics and did not mince words. Not... Read more

Rick Ross & Nas Refuse To Lose In A “Black Market” Showdown (Audio)

Next month (December 4), Rick Ross will release his eighth studio solo album, Black Market. Just over one year removed from Hood Billionaire, Ricky Rozay's latest LP aims to restore the MC's status as a consistent #1 seller (five of his seven efforts have achieved this feat). Today (November 16),... Read more

Wale Closes Out Summer Season Celebrating Blooming Love (Video)

With back-to-back #1 albums and a Grammy nomination, Wale is one of Rap music's certified stars. Arguably, part of what got the MC there is his ability to make songs many can relate to. Major themes like "ambition," pride, and the ("Seinfeld"-inspired) mundane can be ruling subjects on Wale albums.... Read more

Meek Mill Says Drake Does Not Write His Own Rhymes. Pillow Talk?

The same week that watched former collaborators Ghostface Killah and Action Bronson enter at least a one-sided beef, the trend continues. Meek Mill was at Drake's side in the famed 2012 club incident that resulted in lawsuits, and an all-out attack between Drake and Chris Brown. On July 22, via... Read more

Meek Mill Pops A Wheelie & Rides Through His 5 Fingers Of Death Freestyle (Video)

Meek Mill may be an acquired taste to some. However, the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania veteran brings an impassioned delivery without failure, no matter what the track's vibe is. That's what makes the Maybach Music Group MC's appearance on Sway In The Morning so interesting. Meek Millie takes 5 Fingers Of Death... Read more

Wale Goes Back To His Nike Boots Roots (Video)

It's hard to believe it was seven years ago that Wale burst on the scene with "Nike Boots." Released in 2007 and distributed in '08, the powerful moment that mixed substance and style was the ultimate vehicle that made the MC from the DMV catch the ear of Mark Ronson,... Read more

Wale & Jerry Seinfeld Chat About Nothing…Or The Significance Of White Sneakers (Video)

After acclaimed mixtapes, Wale's first "Seinfeld"-inspired LP, Album About Nothing is less than one week away (March 31). The comedian behind the hit 1990s NBC sitcom, Jerry Seinfeld, has been in Wale's corner the last year, after the two met way back. In concept, "album about nothing" pulls from the... Read more

Rick Ross Needs No Assistance Movin’ Bass In His Latest Visual (Video)

Rick Ross' "Movin' Bass" was the latest in a 10-year run of major collaborations between he and Jay Z. The Hood Billionaire and the near real-life billionaire blitz with bars about former D-boys making hits. For the video, Jay Z sat it out (something he's made a habit of in... Read more

Wale & Usher Make A Song About Making Plans For Mature Relationships (Audio)

Although it was never part of his early rise, Wale has found great success in making songs about love, romance, and the complexities of relationships. Teaming with an R&B master of love ballads, Wale and Usher look at the transition from the fun-loving no strings attached life into the plans... Read more

Wale’s Lyrics Come To The Forefront In The Followers (Video)

Although Wale is not tied to Mass Appeal Records, he has a fan in Nas. Reports state that Nasir specifically wanted "The Followers" on his upcoming label compilation. Thereby, the Maybach Music Group/Atlantic Records star spilled the video to the track, featuring a number of people besides the MC driving... Read more

Rick Ross & Styles P Bum-Rushed The Mainstream With BMF. Reflect On The Hit (Video)

One of the heaviest-hitting records of the 2010s was undoubtedly Rick Ross' "Blowin' Money Fast." Often simply called "B.M.F.," the Styles P-assisted single was believed to be a wink and a nod towards the legendary criminal street organization. However, to many people in 2010 and 2011, it was simply an... Read more

Rick Ross, Jay Z & Timbaland’s Movin Bass Began As A Tink Song. Hear It (Audio)

Released one week ago, Rick Ross and Jay Z's latest tandem, "Movin' Bass" premiered. This latest collision happened on a jolting Timbaland beat. However, this week suggests that the high-profile union actually began as a beat and song intended for a much lesser-known artist: Tink. Tink is Timbo's latest protege,... Read more

Jerry Seinfeld Tells Wale To Spazz Out On Complex…In This Hilarious Spoof (Video)

Eleven months ago, Heads might recall Wale flipping out on Complex magazine's Music Department for the exclusion of The Gifted from the Top 50 Albums Of 2013. In the recorded call, the Maybach Music Group artist threatened to visit the Midtown Manhattan offices the next day, and urged them to... Read more

Jay Z & Rick Ross Are Out To Move Mountains Over A Bass-Heavy Timbaland Beat (Audio)

In two weeks, Rick Ross will release his second album of the year. November 24's Hood Billionaire promises to finish where Mastermind left off. As has become rather customary on Rawss albums, Jay Z is a guest (though only on the hook). Def Jam's breakout artist of 2006 and (then)... Read more

Finding The GOAT: Rick Ross vs. Fabolous…Who You Got?

As we continue the ultimate battle for the title of the GOAT (Greatest of All-Time), we are asking you to help us rank who is the greatest MC to pick up a mic. We will take over 35 years of Hip-Hop into consideration, pairing special match-ups in a sequence not... Read more