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Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group shifts to Atlantic Records

December 13, 2012|By Gerrick D. Kennedy
  • Rick Ross performs in Indianapolis on Nov. 20, 2012.
Rick Ross performs in Indianapolis on Nov. 20, 2012. (Steve C. Mitchell / EPA )

Rick Ross is taking his imprint, Maybach Music Group, from Warner Bros. to Atlantic Records.

The rapper confirmed what he called "the biggest move of the year" on a Miami radio show earlier this week. 

"I'm excited for this year we got coming up, man," he said. "This is really huge. MMG, we just merged with Atlantic Records. . . . We gonna leave it right there. I'm signed as a solo artist to Def Jam. And Meek Mill, Wale, we all MMG at the end of the day."

The move prompted rumors that Warner’s urban music division would be shuttered. A rep for Warner Music Group told Pop & Hiss that, contrary to reports that surfaced online, the department wasn’t folding.

"Warner Bros.' Burbank-based urban department will remain where it is and continue to sign and develop its roster of world-class urban talent. The label's outstanding New York-based urban music team will continue its incredible work, only now as part of Atlantic Records."

Maybach Music Group’s roster includes Ross, Wale, Meek Mill, French Montana, Stalley and Gunplay and Omarion.

One unanswered question? What Ross’ longtime rival, Young Jeezy, thinks of the move. This summer,  Jeezy was named senior vice president of A&R at Atlantic Records. Company functions could get a little awkward.

Gerrick Kennedy

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