The Maybach Music Group family left an unforgettable mark on two hundred NYC hopefuls, yesterday (Tuesday, June 26).
Supporting the release of their second compilation album, "Self Made Vol. 2," Rick Ross and his family participated in a pop-up shop, album signing, and concert for their fans and members of the media.
Hosted by ALIFE Art Gallery, the day's events shared a similar theme of love. Loyal fans crowded the streets around the venue hoping to grab a glimpse of Rick Ross, Wale, Meek Mill, Stalley, and Omarion, all of whom were in attendance. Though hectic, good vibrations were present throughout the album signing and were heightened by the pleasant attitude of the guys. Philadelphia native, Meek Mill, had a plethora of ladies in tears.
The night's festivities began as soon as the sun set over lower Manhattan. After escaping to an appearance on Hot 97 with Funkmaster Flex, MMG returned to ALIFE to perform a private concert in the back porch area of the venue.Though large to the eye, the event was intimate.
Although standing room was minimal as the stage was barely non-existent, MMG worked with what they had and kept the crowd hyped. Stalley kicked off the show by performing "Everything New" from his "Savage Journey to the American Dream" mixtape.
Donning a black t-shirt and olive colored cargo pants, the Bawse turned things up with "Self Made Vol. 2's""Black Magic," then proceed to usher each member, one by one, to the front of the stage to perform excerpts from their past and latest projects.
It was all play on the platform as Meek Mill made the crowd jump with "Ima Boss" and selected tracks from "Dreamchasers II." Wale followed suit with "Slight Work."
MMG surrounded each other as in a chyper and acted as the backbone to each performer. Omarion broke off a little 'sexiness' for the ladies when he 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.
Rick Ross seized command once again and saluted the ladies in the audience as well, before breaking into "Bag of Money." "We love the ladies so much that when we see them we tell them they look like a 'Bag of Money,'" proclaimed Ross.
He also made sure to recognize collaborator and friend, French Montana, who was at a nearby event in Queens. "Shoutout to French Montana. I know he'd be here if he could," he said before transitioning into his own, "Stay Schemin,'" from his "Rich Forever" mixtape and "All Birds" from "Self Made Vol. 2."
After giving his teammates their time to shine, Rick Ross wrapped up the set with "Rich Forever." While the song is powerful in itself, Ross' dictation and rhetoric made this particular performance feel like more of a manifesto. It was Ross' way of saying "thank you" to those who made him.
The crew exited center stage to the Maybach Music Group tagline, becoming the epicenter of the circle of power they created earlier in the night.