By D.L. Chandler
While the news that rapper Rick Ross has entered into the realm of record label CEO surfaced some time ago, many fans wondered aloud which of the major players out there would join forces with Rozay’s Maybach Music Group.
With so many high profile imprints present today, it would make sense for Ross to get with a team that can expand his vision to the maximum. RapFix has compiled a short list of potential suitors and how the pairings would make the most feasible sense.
Jay-Z and the late Shakir Stewart signed Rozay to Def Jam back in 2006 during the big “Hustlin’” days. Hova and Ross have worked on several tracks together, most notably the signature “Maybach Music” opus. Jigga also rocked with Ross on the track “Free Mason” from his critically acclaimed Teflon Don album.
On paper this makes sense as the Bad Boy founder, Diddy, serves as Ricky’s manager. However, with Interscope being the home of G-Unit Records and the nasty feud between Ross and 50 Cent, Jimmy Iovine may not feel warm to the idea although Ross has expressed a desire to work with Interscope’s biggest act Eminem. Perhaps there can be a match made in the name of good business?
Warner Music Group
While the 51-year old Cohen has been a player in the game since the mid-80s, he’s not a known name to many young fans today. Cohen has brokered a lot of deals and helped began a slew of careers such as Run D.M.C., LL Cool J, DMX among others. The tough talking Cohen gets a lot done but could he help Maybach Music to flourish as well?
Cash Money Records/Universal
Birdman’s name still rings bells in the south and after singing DJ Khaled (who is also from Miami like Ross), it wouldn’t be a bad fit. The New Orleans mogul currently resides in the Sunshine State and has collaborated on several tracks with Rozay and calling himself a fan of Ross’ output. Birdman even said that outside of his Cash Money crew, Rick Ross is the only artist he’s excited about.
We can safely assume that Def Jam is not taking part of the bidding for the new label as Ricky clearly stated in the track “Nine Piece” – “No Def Jam, Went Solo,” raps Rozay in his husky baritone.
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