Wale arrives at ‘Ditch Fridays’ at The Palms Casino Hotel in Las Vegas (July 12, 2013)
*Wale has made a power moves by signing with huge talent agency William Morris Endeavor (WME) in all areas, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The DC-based rapper received a best rap song Grammy nomination this year for “Lotus Flower Bomb.” In late June, he released his third studio album, “The Gifted,” which sold 158,000 copies in its first week and debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart.
The album, released by Maybach Music Group and Atlantic Records, featured Rick Ross, Cee Lo Green, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and 2 Chainz.
Wale continues to be managed by Dan Weisman and Roc Nation.
Early this morning (Wed., Oct. 10), 50 tweeted some verbal shots at French for an interview he did with Complex in which he talked about, of all things, beefs. French referenced 50 when he told Complex that he doesn’t get involved in feuds because they ultimately compromise one’s career.
“You should avoid beef if you trying to make money. People get scared when you try to beef with people,” French told Complex. “In general, [even in street sh*t] nobody want to stand next to you if somebody about to shoot you, unless you have a big lick [hustle]. They [used to] do that with 50 because 50 was the bank. They knew he was going to win. People ain’t doing that [anymore].”
“I feel like beef hurt him. I feel like it helped [Rick] Ross unite people. That’s why Maybach Music is one of the biggest labels. It just makes sense,” he continued.
In response, 50 tweeted: “Read your little interview.”
“French Montana you ain’t Sh!t boy,” he continued. “You out your league talking about me you hoe. i read your little interview what the fucx is you high,” he tweeted. “French your Sh!t so weak you never had a song by your self fool. Ain’t nobody’s waiting to hear your verse. Girl. Do you realize this fool @FrenchMontana hasn’t sold one record and talking about sales. I’m not tweeting about this little fool No more. I’m see him and he gonna explain that’s it.”
French came back at 50 by tweeting, “@50cent damn homie last year u was da mannnnn homieeeeeee wat da f****ckkk happen to uuuuuu.”
An arrest warrant was issued for the 30-year-old in May listing “robbery” as the offense. No other details about the alleged offense are listed.
His attorney, Mike Grieco, stated: “Gunplay voluntarily surrendered today without incident. There’s been an open arrest warrant for armed robbery with a firearm.”
The rapper, real name Richard Morales, Jr., was with Ross’ Maybach Music Group when they were reportedly embroiled in a fight with 50 Cent’s G-Unit crew at the BET Hip Hop Awards, which took place in Atlanta on Sept. 29.
No arrests were made in that incident, but police were forced to use pepper spray to break up an altercation between the rival groups.
Jill Scott and Drake were announced earlier today as additions to the weekend’s final lineup, which already includes Odd Future, D’Angelo, Rita Ora, and Maybach Music Group (Rick Ross, Wale, & Meek Mill).
Nicky Romero also joins the lineup. Run DMC will perform during a headlining slot on the event’s second night, while Jay-Z himself will headline the first night.
Made in America will be held in Philadelphia on September 1 and 2. Single day tickets are set to go on sale on Friday, August 3.
*Rick Ross and his Maybach Music Group family promoted the June 26 release of their second compilation album, “Self Made Vol. 2,” with a pop-up shop, album signing, and concert for their fans and members of the media.
Ross, Wale, Meek Mill, Stalley, and Omarion were among the Maybach artists attending the event, hosted by ALIFE Art Gallery.
Mill performed “Ima Boss” and selected tracks from “Dreamchasers II,” while Wale followed suit with “Slight Work,” according to Billboard. MMG surrounded each other as in a chyper and acted as the backbone to each performer. Also, Omarion performed “Touch,” from his 2005 album, “O.” Segueing back into tracks from “Self Made Vol. 2,” Maybach O followed with “Let’s Talk” and closed his set with “MIA,” alongside Wale.
After giving his teammates their time to shine, Rick Ross wrapped up the set with “Rich Forever.”
Below, Maybach Music hit up BET’s “106 & Park” after performing at the ALIFE shop in Soho.
*As previously reported, Omarion Grandberry, the R&B singer/actor/dancer and former member of the teen group B2K, was announced as the latest signee to Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group imprint on Warner Bros.
And finally, after his solo career had stalled, the 27-year-old is back with new music – and a new nickname: “Maybach O.”
“The changes that I needed to make?” Omarion told Billboard.com. “I made them.”
As Omarion preps his first batch of material for Maybach Music Group, his debut single, “Let’s Talk,” received a video on Wednesday (scroll down to watch), a new mixtape is on the way, and he says that he probably has at least two tracks on the forthcoming posse album “Self Made Vol. 2.”
And more changes are to come.
“I’m writing more. I’m dancing different. And I really want to entertain the people,” says Omarion. “I think that people didn’t foresee this move for me — that people were like, ‘Oh, what’s up with Omarion?’ Omarion fell off this, Omarion did that. What’s gonna be his next move? This is my next move.”
When it hit stores on June 26, “Self Made Vol. 2″ will give hip-hop fans the first taste of a Maybach Music Group with a veteran vocal presence handling the hooks. And while a new solo LP could take a while for Omarion to finalize, the singer says that his next project will be an emotional one. “I’m singing from my gut, I’m singing from my heart, and it’s just gonna be passionate music,” he promises. “I feel like I’m bringing back what I’ve done, but in a bigger and better way.”