As soon as an invite to a Maybach Music Group -- Rick Ross' Warner Bros. imprint -- press conference hit many inboxes, theories of what would be discussed sprung up across many timelines.
Is Rick Ross signing Omarion? Is Rick Ross signing Ma$e? Will an album, or two, or three, be announced?
At today's Maybach Music Group press conference, moderated by Rap Radar's Elliott Wilson, Rick Ross and co. made numerous reveals, including the announcement of Omarion as the newest member of Maybach Music. Before Omarion (aka "Maybach O") shared his gratitude and debuted a teaser to his upcoming video for "Let's Talk," all members of Maybach Music Group -- except for Stalley, who is currently on tour -- announced the release dates for their upcoming projects: Maybach Music's second compliation album, Self Made Vol. 2 (June 26), Meek Mill's debut album, Dreams and Nightmares (August 28), and Rick Ross' highly-anticipated God Forgives, I Don't, out July 31.
Close to 2:30 EST on Wednesday (May 2), the conference room at Kimpton Hotel, Eventi, quickly filled with writers ( HipHopDX, Rolling Stone, Grantland, Complex, ItstheReal), photographers, Def Jam and Warner Bros publicists and executives -- Lyor Cohen, Steve Bartels, Todd Moscowitz, Joie Manda, Gabe Tesoriero, Alexandra Bianchi, J.D. Anderson, Phylicia Fant, and hip-hop moguls Swizz Beatz and Diddy.
Lyor Cohen shared a few words on Def Jam's legacy and his respect for Ross before introducing the rapper. "When I got a chance to meet him, I saw someone that was going to be undeterred in achieving the success that he has," Cohen said, via HipHopDX. "He's not satisfied. There's no stopping him. I'm so grateful that I'm associated with him and that the Warner Bros. label is associated with him. The possibilities that Rick and Maybach Music are going to bring is going to be, in my mind, unprecedented."
Swizz Beatz and Diddy followed suit, speaking on their ventures with Rick Ross. Swizz announced that through their Reebok partnership, both will be releasing a big and tall clothing line.
Diddy took the podium next to pay his respects to Ross for supporting him and helping him promote Ciroc. "He, to me, is one of the hardest working men in this business. To have a relationship with him, this is not by accident," Diddy said. "I know he will go down in history as one of the great record men."
Wale, Meek Mill, French Montana -- who is signed to Diddy's Bad Boy Records but has a close relationship with Rick Ross -- also took to the stage to discuss their upcoming projects before Ross announced Omarion's MMG signing.
"A lot of people have been wondering what's up with Omarion? Is his career over?" Omarion said. "I've never been a fan of popular opinion, but from now on, when you see me, understand that it's Maybach Music."
No doubt that Maybach Music Group is claiming the summer of 2012 as theirs.