Rick Ross & His Maybach Music Group Cover XXL’s October Issue

For the October issue XXL switches it up with two split covers built off of the same crew. Riding high off the success of their compilation album, Self Made, Vol. 1, Rick Ross and his Maybach Music Group signees—Wale, Meek Mill and Pill—all grace the cover of XXL’s forthcoming issue on two joint covers: a Ross solo and an MMG group cover showing both sides of Ricky Ross, as a solo artist and a boss.

Ross and his new team of young MCs are focused on taking over the rap game in the coming year, and The Bawse—who is hard at work on his fifth solo disc, God Forgives, I Don’t, scheduled to drop via Def Jam Recordings this fall—predicts to XXL contributing writer Ben Detrick that he’ll finally be crowned king with the new LP.

“I’m enjoying my last few moments at No. 2,” Ross says. “It’s like I’m watching the No. 1 man on stage, my legs crossed, I’m smoking big, hollering at the bitches in the crowd. And this album gonna do it. I got the formula.”

What is The Bawse’s full-proof equation exactly? As he describes it, it’s nothing more than inspiration from the R&B greats.

“When I make music, I go back to my late nights of me by myself, listening to Curtis Mayfield or R. Kelly’s 12 Play,” he says. “There’s certain depths that music can take you to. There’s certain feels that you need to have. When you get to the last song on the album, I want you to have that feeling of being whole. I want to give these muthafuckas classic joints. That means more to me than anything else.”

Recruiting some of hip-hop’s most promising, up-and-coming talent doesn’t hurt Ross’s chance at claiming rap’s top spot on the food chain either. Asked why he decided to reach out and associate himself with such a broad range of MCs including Meek, Wale, Pill and Stalley, Rozay said it was important to help give other artists a chance he felt wasn’t offered to him when he started out.

“To me, it don’t matter where you from,” he says. “I come from a time and place when Miami wasn’t the most poppin’. Everybody wasn’t as eager to open they door, give you a hand. For me to be in this position, I want to make sure I do the opposite that a lot of these niggas did.”

XXL’s new executive editor, Jayson Rodriguez, moderated a roundtable discussion between MMG stars Wale, Meek and Pill, to find out about each rappers role in the crew, what MMG represents as a team and what gives them an advantage over their competitors.

“I think it’s a plus that everybody got their own fan base, they got their own thing rocking in their own city, and they got their own representation of what they stand for,” Pill says. “So when everyone comes together, that’s all the fan bases combined. It’s a blessing to be able to rock with a bunch of different guys that are passionate about the craft and that know where they going and actually can foresee the future, when it comes to their music. I think that gives us a stronghold and a bit of longevity. And kind of an advantage also.”

In addition to cover stories on Rick Ross and MMG, XXL’s October issue includes features with controversial West Coast rap star Game on the heels of his latest release, The R.E.D. Album and Jay-Z protégé J. Cole, as he prepares to drop his long awaited debut LP, Cole World: The Sideline Story.

In a special exclusive XXL also followed DMX, newly released from jail on his first day home and in this studio following seventh-month jail bid in Yuma County, Arizona. Also XXL went behind bars for an in-depth discussion with former Terror Squad femcee Remy Ma, who is currently serving an eight-year sentence for shooting a friend. Remy’s husband Papoose also weighed in on the trials and tribulations of holding a woman down while she’s locked up and what their relationship entails.

The phenomenon of the 40-year-old rapper having lively careers these days is also explored in a special investigative piece and XXL breaks down Odd Future in a family tree.

Be sure to pick up XXL’s October issue hitting newsstands nationwide on September 20. Also check out XXLMag.com for special video of the issue, outtakes, everyday hip-hop news and much more. —XXL Staff

  • Mikey F Baby

    Did you mention about how he got all pissy cause Kreayshawn called him fake? The truth hurts fatso.

    • thinker

      truth: not only do u ride Weezy’s dick down to the bone, you’ve somehow been led to believe that you’re engaged in holy matrimony and have rights to adopt his last name.

      kreashawn was caught talkin shit, thats all their is to it Michael.

    • mmg

      stop hatin “loser” ross is tha boss if u dont like it , u might as well cross “biyach” fucken spectator

      • NAPTOWNNUISANCE

        Quit blowin the C.O. to get your time reduced.

        • Antonio Prohias

          Cosign

          I hope that fat CO motherfucker gets shot

  • MR. UNDI$PUTED THE MOGUL

    LET THE RICK RO$$ HATE BEGIN IN 3, 2, 1……

    PEACE & GET MONEY!!!
    MOGUL $$$ GAME ’11!!!

  • one900romello

    What happen to the lovely teandra moses. I’m fan so what she the R&B chick but I want to see the whole maybach Music!

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  • po

    hate those fake polo shirts u get at tj max for like 15$ but mayb polo was outa his size? or mayb he likes knockoffs ? like last cover he had fake gucci on

    • $yk

      it was the YSL glasses, not Gucci…and that’s the big pony collection from Ralph Lauren, which also comes in big & tall sizes

      And you can’t tell the difference between Polo and US Polo Assn? Your comment wreaks of failure, especially when you have a search bar on your browser…

  • po

    ha they are wearin makeup for the photo.. homos

  • Mutada Mullah Atari

    No dick face they are photoshopped like 99.9% of all magazine covers, stupid ass. Ross just keeps winning

    • NAPTOWNNUISANCE

      Winning? Really is that what you call taking money from retards? Damn I need to shake my conscience, and grab a mic and spew garbage lyrics then recycle them so you retards will eat it up. I dont know whats worse now days the rappers or the fans.

      • mutada mullah atari

        Are you a backpacker, little brother, late 90′s, crack era hold over? Ross is far from garbage, and none of the dudes in that picture are garbage. I know it hurts, but follow along sir. Music changes, the late 90′s, crack dealer music is over now. It’s hard to come to grips with I know, but I’m from Cali and let go of the death row era…. Time to do the same buddy

        • shut the f up

          So the b.s coke raps he kicks is what. Do u read what u write. Or hear what u say. All that fake boss raps about is imaginary coke deals he seen in movies and his dreams. So I guess its the fake era. Fake ganbangers ,fake TV actors turnt rappers, fake drug dealers. So I guess u fake too huh. The fake era u live in u can keep. id rather live in the pass then support fake ass rappers. Bring back the old school theykicked knowledge and facts from the heart not bullshit fairy tales from TV.

        • shut the f up

          So the b.s coke raps he kicks is what. Do u read what u write. Or hear what u say. All that fake boss raps about is imaginary coke deals he seen in movies and his dreams. So I guess its the fake era. Fake ganbangers ,fake TV actors turnt rappers, fake drug dealers. So I guess u fake too huh. The fake era u live in u can keep. id rather live in the pass then support fake ass rappers. Bring back the old school they kicked knowledge and facts from the heart not bullshit fairy tales from TV.

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  • 305 Kid

    @ Po Why would a millionare wear a fake polo shirt that cost less than $80 at any local mall. You’re an idiot for making that comment…..Niggas hate on anything these days

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  • bylaw99

    What I want to know is now that the flood gates are open how many more law enforcement workers will decide to become a hiphop artist…if William L. Roberts the third can do it anybody can…on that note..I’m done with Hiphop..first zebra jeggings now ex-co’s run hiphop.

  • Salvatore

    @ $yk & po : FYI he wore fake Louis Vuitton glasses!

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  • TREMAIN

    Man fuck dis fuckin officer. He a lil bitch. Got some nerve comin at 50 for sayin he looked at him funny as some BET awards. nigga gtfo, now he trynna come at Jeezy for gettin his album pushed bak. Dis fat ass nigga is just a gimmick. I hope that lil white bitch Kreyshawn fuck his bitch ass up. Keep on hidin behind ur body guards officer ricky. U AINT NO BOSS…..U A BITCH.

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