Meek Mill Speaks on Signing With Rick Ross, New Mixtapes [Video]
“I’m feelin’ good—feelin’ great, man,” Meek told XXLMag.com shortly after letting the ink dry on the papers. “That’s why Twitter’s a good thing. You let people know what’s going on live and direct.”
After announcing the signing of Wale to the label earlier this week, Ross took to Twitter to announce his newest signee. “EVERYONE WELCOME @MEEKMILL TO THE EMPIRE!!! #MMG,” Rozay wrote on the microblogging site late Tuesday afternoon. Meek then expressed his excitement on his own Twitter account, posting, “had 2 take my talents 2 south beach!!! mamamamammaybach!!,” playing off of LeBron James’ decision over the summer, when the basketball star announced he’d be leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers and “taking my talents to South Beach,” to play for the Miami Heat.
There had been rumors for the last couple months that both Meek and Wale would sign on with the Teflon Don before it finally became official this week. Meek, however, knew that it was about to go down. “Personally, I knew probably about a month ago,” he explained. “But I got a team [and] we had to all come to an agreement and find out how we was gonna do this and how we was gonna make this happen. We sat down, everybody got behind my decision, and we ready to roll.”
The three traded verses on “Play Your Part,” off of Ross’ December mixtape Ashes to Ashes, as well as “Pandemonium,” a leak from January. In addition, Meek featured Ross on the remix to his single, “I’m A Boss.” The young spitter, who was a Show & Prove profile in the July/August 2010 issue of XXL, said that videos for all three of the songs have already been shot.
Now officially with a new team, the 23-year-old Philly native is ready to drop plenty of new music, saying he’s prepping two mixtapes for March—one over original production, and one over beats other rappers have already used. “I think the original one is gonna be called Dream Chasing,” he said, “and the mixtape on everyone else’s instrumentals is gonna be Flamerz 4. I’m supposed to be doing that with DJ Ill Will and DJ Drama, so we gonna try to make a movie out of that, too.”
“It’s a bidding war out here,” Meek said regarding the widespread interest that major labels have taken in Maybach Music Group. “This about to be the newest team. I’m Blake Griffin. I’m just slammin’ on people. Just think of Blake Griffin on a fast break.” —Adam Fleischer