Miami’s rapper Rick Ross and his Maybach Music Group (MMG) are covering the October issue of XXL magazine. This issue actually has two split covers; one with Rick Ross himself and the other cover features Rick Ross, Wale, Meek Mill and Pill. Back in the Spring, MMG released their compilation album, Self Made, Vol. 1. Below are some excerpts:
Ross speaks on being the #2 best artist out at the moment and crowning Lil Wayne #1.
“I’m enjoying my last few moments at No. 2,” Ross says. “It’s like I’m watching the No. 1 man on stage, my legs crossed, I’m smoking big, hollering at the bitches in the crowd. And this album gonna do it. I got the formula.”
Ross speaks on making music and getting his inspiration for R&B legends.
“When I make music, I go back to my late nights of me by myself, listening to Curtis Mayfield or R. Kelly’s 12 Play,” he says. “There’s certain depths that music can take you to. There’s certain feels that you need to have. When you get to the last song on the album, I want you to have that feeling of being whole. I want to give these muthafuckas classic joints. That means more to me than anything else.”
Ross on giving his artists a chance.
“To me, it don’t matter where you from,” he says. “I come from a time and place when Miami wasn’t the most poppin’. Everybody wasn’t as eager to open they door, give you a hand. For me to be in this position, I want to make sure I do the opposite that a lot of these niggas did.”
XXL’s October issue hits newsstands on September 20.
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