Before he got to signing Wale, Meek Mill and Pill, Rick Ross was eyeing 2010 MTV News Breakthrough MC Wiz Khalifa to join his Maybach Music Group. Actually, it was on the first episode of “RapFix Live” last year where Ross first revealed his intentions to sign Khalifa .
Instead of MMG, Wiz, who was already signed to Pittsburgh indie Rostrum, took his talents to Atlantic Records, where he released his debut album, Rolling Papers, this past March. On Wednesday’s (May 25) “RapFix Live,” Rozay revealed to Sway that his attempts to sign the “Black and Yellow” MC were real, and when Wiz didn’t sign with the rotund rapper, Ross took that as motivation.
“I actually flew Wiz down, I flew Curren$y down to my studio in Atlanta. We recorded some records, we Ustreamed, we put some fruit loops in the air, and we just kinda talked music,” Ross said. “And I put the proposition out there. But at the time, Maybach Music wasn’t really where we were supposed to be, which was a lot of motivation.”
Rather than hold a grudge, Ricky Rozay actually applauds Wiz’s decision. “The homey made a great decision, going to Atlantic Records. He’s released a classic album, and I wish him much success,” he told Sway. “But it also inspired me and it also reassured me that I had a certain eye. I remember when I put Wiz on the ‘Super High’ remix, a lot of people was like, ‘Why would you put a rookie on your record?’ ”
In the end, seeing Khalifa’s success helped Ross trust his vision and, in turn, build his MMG roster, who released their first compilation, Self Made, on Monday.
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