Out of the blue, Maybach Music CEO Rick Ross has surprised us all with his latest signing, veteran R&B Singer, Omarion. O has been pretty quiet the past couple of years, but after a chance encounter at the CIAA in March, the two aligned. O was hoping to get a guest appearance from Ross, but the biggest Bawse upped the ante, with a recording contract. In this XXL exclusive, “Maybach O” talks with Shaheem Reid about joining MMG. —Shaheem Reid (@ShaheemReid)
XXLMag.com: So this next phase of your career, man, you know, people are saying this, they may have seen a certain trailer directed by the homie Dre Films starring Omarion, Ricky Rozay and various members of the MMG family in the background…
Maybach O? That’s your new movement? That’s how you feel right now?
Yeah, Maybach O. That’s the new movement, man. I’m so excited. I can’t even express, you know, how excited I am, you know what I mean? And just how this whole thing came along, man, it’s just…It’s been a blessing. There’s a difference between your time and when you want to do things and God’s time, you know what I mean? And this right here man, it’s been God’s time, man. I saw Ross in North Carolina, you know, and I was telling him like “Yo I’m bout to do…”
At the CIAA?
Yup. I saw him out there and I was like “Yo, I’m ‘bout to…you know, I need you on these records, man, you know what I’m sayin’? I’m ‘bout to do this ill so and so with so and so.” And he was like “Man, we need to have a conversation before that.” And we sat down and he said some real important things to me that not even executives have said to me, you know what I mean? He showed that love and he showed that respect and he was like “I believe in you,” you know what I mean? I can’t even count to you how many times on my hand in my whole career that I’ve actually had people tell me that.
That they believe in you? Wow.
You know what I mean? Something that simple, something that small. You know? And for him to just say, “Yo, I believe in you man.” I think that… You know, he played me some music and really, it’s kind of where I always wanted to go. And that’s kind of been a challenge for me too, being a young entertainer is it’s like I’ve been a part of so much, you know what I mean? Like, I’ve been a part of so much. You know, “You Got Served,” you know, movies, films, you know what I mean? Like, certain types of records and then switching off into my solo career and singing about “O” and “21” and “Entourage” a whole, you know, just a social feel and then “Touch.” You know, the type of records that I’ve…
Right. Those type of songs, you know, I always had to ask myself like, “Why did I have those type of songs,” you know. Those type of songs where, you know, it was a self-expression of what I was going through, but who I was too, at the time, you know. And this home, this, you know, Maybach Empire, this movement, everything that’s, you know, being put together right now it’s gon’ be something to see, man. And Rozay, he’s selective, you know, and you got to respect that about any businessman. They don’t just align themselves with anybody, you know. And…y’all definitely…y’all gon’ see some things, man.
So songs are already in the stash? Recorded?
In the stash. Recorded. Probably over the next like couple months, we probably be dropping some stuff, you know. I want to do an EP just for the fans, you know. By the way, I did recently just do a DJ Drama mixtape that I dropped just for the fans, you know. Let them know I’m still, you know, doing music and everything. But, I have to say this. I have to say that this is probably the most interesting time in my life and or career because of the perception of what people think and what they do not know.
Okay. What’s some of the things? ‘Cause, you know, 10 years ago it wasn’t no Twitter. Now, you can really talk directly to the people and, you know, they’ll @ you. They have no type of shyness or intimidation when it comes to expressing their feelings. What’s some of the things that you’ve been hearing or some of the things that people have been saying to you? What’s their perception?
They ask me if I still dance, you know what I mean? Which is crazy. They ask me if I still sings, which is crazy, you know what I mean? Of course, I hear about the babies and the ladies and, you know what I mean, a whole slew of other things that people who sit behind a computer do, you know what I mean? But, I think that we’re in a great time in music right now, you know. I think twitter is also, you know – and Instagram and Facebook – is giving the fans more insight, you know, into who the real person is. That’s why I said it’s the most interesting time in my career because it’s like, who has seen, you know, young men start so young. Like, there’s literally only two awards that I don’t’ have and that’s a VMA and a Grammy, you know what I mean? And it’s like, I have to get to that place, you know what I mean? Like I’ve done so much, you know what I mean? So, now it’s time to get the VMA.