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Rick Ross and 1500 Or Nothin Band Announce AXS Concert

Maybach Music Group founder Rick Ross is taking his concert experience up a notch. At a one-off Aug. 14 show at Club Nokia at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, Ross will be backed by 1500 or Nothin, an 8-piece L.A.-based band known for producing and touring with The Game, Lupe Fiasco, T.I., Faith Evans, Snoop Dogg and Nas. The concert will be broadcast live at 12 a.m. EST on Mark […]


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Why Authenticity Doesn’t Matter (Or, At Least Doesn’t Matter That Much) [2012 In Review]

We’ve been scouring the MIMO vaults this month for some of 2012’s more intriguing posts. Today we came across this gem from Shane Danaher, first posted in August, discussing the issue of authenticity in the hip-hop scene. His poignant insights are always fun to read, and give food for thought. -Ed   The buzz for Rick Ross’s God Forgives, I Don’t has outgrown the scale of conventional pre-release marketing to take on […]


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Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks (Edition 8.23.12)

Welcome to your Weekly Mixtape August 23, 2012.   DJ Khaled ft. Kanye West & Rick Ross, “I Wish You Could / Cold” Oh Hype Williams, where would we be without you? If not for Hype, modern pop music would never have known the visage of Will Smith decked out in full Pharaoh garb, or the artistic possibilities inherent in combining shaky cameras with dimly lit sewer tunnels. This mega-cut […]


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The Week in Hip-Hop Footwear

If you had doubts as to the state of hip-hop’s love affair with athletic footwear, this past week should have put them to rest. Three of the biggest names in the genre—Rick Ross, Meek Mill and Lil Wayne—rolled out new sneaker deals that should add considerably to their collective fortunes.   Artist: Rick Ross; Shoe Brand: Reebok; Who’s getting the better deal?: Reebok Presenting the corpulent Rick Ross with a […]


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Rick Ross, “God Forgives, I Don’t”—Album Review

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While God Forgives, I Don’t, the fifth studio album from Miami-based rapper Rick Ross, remains faithful to many of the Teflon Don’s established themes, the LP distinguishes itself from his past work by taking the unlikely pillars of anger and decadence (musical, rather than lyrical) as its architectural basis. Teflon Don, Ross’s critically lauded fourth album, met with widespread success by perfecting a formula championed by the MC throughout his […]


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Why Authenticity Doesn’t Matter (Or, At Least Doesn’t Matter That Much)

The buzz for Rick Ross’s God Forgives, I Don’t, released today, has outgrown the scale of conventional pre-release marketing to take on the colossal character of an “Event.” With extensive coverage by MTV, a timely collaborative release from his personal label, and a tenured presence on the cover of XXL, Ross has cast perhaps the largest of 2012’s sizable pop music shadows. While impressive in its own right, this achievement […]


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Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks (Edition 7.27.12)

Welcome to your Weekly Mixtape July 27, 2012.   Rick Ross ft. Andre 3000, “Sixteen” While far from living up to its sizable potential, this track still presents a fine opportunity for hearing two hip-hop godheads in one concise package. Andre 3000 turns in the better verse on this one, seeing as slow and sensitive are two modes with which he has a practiced facility. The same cannot be said […]


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Rick Ross Gives a Sneak Peak of “God Forgives, I Don’t”

Once more reiterating his resemblance to a cannonball in both form and nature, Rick Ross has executed a relentless and wide-reaching marketing campaign in anticipation of his fifth studio album: God Forgives, I Don’t. In addition to contributing guest verses to tracks from Nas, Usher, French Montana, Juvenile and Birdman, Ross has stretched his calendar in the past few months to include the marketing of a compilation album from Maybach […]


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Maybach Music Group, “Self Made Vol. 2” – Album Review

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With label trouble once more relegating a DMX album to pre-release purgatory, the sights of this week’s review are shifting to another barking, corpulent MC and the much anticipated release that, unlike the Dogman’s, dropped earlier this week as planned. I wrote briefly last week about Self Made Vol. 2—the compilation album from Rick Ross’s Maybach Music Group—from which I singled out “Black Magic” as a highlight. The strength of […]


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Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks (Edition 6.23.12)

Welcome to this week’s Weekly Mixtape. Here are some of the week’s best tracks. You’re welcome.   Nas ft. Rick Ross, “Accident Murderers” (prod. No ID) Much as he insists on toeing the line of oversaturation, Rick Ross, with his increasing ubiquity, has yet to become all that grating. You can still press “play” on a track by Nas and register pleasant surprise when, halfway through, Nola’s prince regent cedes […]


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Battle of the Vanity Labels: Maybach v. G.O.O.D.

Once more proving his unimpeachable instincts for the game, Jay-Z never even bothered to sign with somebody else’s label. From his debut onwards, Jigga’s albums bore the Rock-a-Fella imprint, adding countless sundries to both his rep and bank account. Kanye West and Rick Ross have trod slower paths to corporate self-sufficiency, though both one-time prodigies of Jay-Z are now cultivating their own stables of acolytes, prepping their own compilation albums […]


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Hip-Hop Summer Album Preview: Part 2

If you missed Part 1 of my Summer Album Preview, you can catch up by clicking here. Today we’ll take a look at what’s coming out in July, with one more installation for August coming soon.   July 2: 50 Cent, Untitled Chalk it up to his multiple extra-curricular ventures (acting, feuding, making video games), but one of America’s most popular rappers has spent the past three years doing almost […]