Exotic dancers with bags of money circled the floor, while others worked the pole in a humid and crowded Sin City Cabaret in the Bronx. That set the ambiance for Rick Ross and the rest of his Maybach Music Group, as they hosted a special listening event last night (June 13), for their highly-anticipated album, Self Made 2. Apart from the MMG camp, Drake, Busta Rhymes, French Montana, Def Jam President Joie Manda and DJ Khaled were also in attendance.
With everyone packed into the strip club, Rozay took to mic in the only time he addressed the large turnout all night.
“June 26th is the official release date for Self Made 2,” Rozay exclaimed. “That’s for all my niggas that’s in the street gettin’ it. All we know how to be is self made, nigga, and we already have one so this how we gon’ do it every time we come through.”
“Square root of a kilo is me, nigga/ Do the math, I’m a motherfuckin’ G, nigga,” Ross spit on the compilation’s opening track, “Power Circle,” which also features bars from TDE’s Kendrick Lamar and MMG’s Gunplay, Stalley, Wale and Meek Mill, whom all were in attendance along with new signee Omarion.
From there, Khaled handled introducing the rest of the album’s tracks, while the other guests just enjoyed the festivities.
“Shouts to everybody supporting the movement from day one, supporting my brother Ross, myself and just the whole motherfucking team,” Khaled expressed soon after he got a hold of the mic. “Shout to Gunplay. Y’all watch Gunplay closely. Remember I told you. Gunplay, I see you.”
As Khaled noted, Gunplay, one of Rozay’s longtime affiliates, has been gaining momentum recently off of solo mixtapes and will appear on more songs than he did on Self Made Vol. 1, including one of Khaled’s favorite records, “Black On Black” that also features Ace Hood and Bun B.
In comparison to volume one, Self Made 2 includes more guest spots from artists outside the crew, such as Nas on “This Thing of Ours,” “Fountain of Youth” with Nipsey Hu$$le and T.I. on “Bury Me a G.”
To boot, the new compilation has two tracks with nothing but a mixture of former and current XXL Freshmen. “Actin Up” groups Wale, Meek and French together, in addition to “I Be Puttin’ On,” which includes verses from Wale, Wiz Khalifa, French and Roscoe Dash.—Christopher Minaya