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Rick Ross’ Maybach Music expansion inspired by Wiz Khalifa

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Following the success of 2010’s Teflon Don, Rick Ross felt as if he could do anything. The Miami rapper had risen from being another rapper from the South to being the biggest artist signed to Def Jam. In signing to Def Jam, Ross started his own label, Maybach Music Group.

From the start, Rick Ross had hoped the label would grow into the next big thing in hip hop. In order to make this happen, Ross reached out to Pittsburgh rapper, Wiz Khalifa. On the street level, Khalifa had released two albums and was working on a third.

Rick Ross tried to convince him to sign with his Maybach Music. However, this did not happen as Wiz Khalfia signed with the well-established Atlantic Records. Instead of letting this get him down, Rick Ross greatly increased the size of his label.

Within one month’s time, Rick Ross signed Wale, Meek Mill, Pill, Teedra Moses, and a host of other artists to Maybach Music. Currently, their music is dominating the radio waves and they just released their Self Made, Vol. 1 compilation album.

Looking back on his success, Rick Ross said it was motivated by Wiz Khalifa opting to sign with Atlantic Records.

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