Gunplay has inked a solo record deal with Def Jam Records.
Rick Ross made that clear with a series of tweets on Tuesday afternoon (July 3).
“Breaking News!!!! @GUNPLAYMMG just Signed Big Solo Lp Deal @MaybachMusicGrp @DefJamRecords Debut Album Coming!!!!! Streets Been Ready!!!” Ross tweeted with enthusiasm, proud of his longtime homie and collaborator.
“We will not stop!!!! #HoldmeBack,” Rozay added. “Proud of my lil bro. Congrats!!!!!! @GUNPLAYMMG @MaybachMusicGrp @DefJamRecords”
The congratulatory tweets—from the likes of Trina, Funkmaster Flex, Cool and Dre—then started pouring in for GP, who seemed to take them all in stride.
A longtime MMG affiliate and crowd favorite, the Miami rhyme slinger has been steadily gaining momentum with his Bogota Rich mixtape, riotous single, “Rollin’” and what many regard is the scene- stealing verse on “Power Circle,” the opening track off MMG’s Self Made, Vol. 2 compilation album. That’s a big sentiment, considering the posse cut features bars from the lyrical likes of Rozay, Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill, Stalley and Wale.
Still, the livewire of MMG was able to stand out with a very distinct opening to his verse.
“It’s all on me now, as you can see now/I’m gon’ get this money and I will not be de-nied,” Gunplay gets on the track spitting with his usual urgency. “Been shittin’ on you fucks a long time, time to pee now!”
“When you finish first they hate you worse, startin to see now/I’m at the round table, where your seat at?/Where your plate, where your lobster, where your sea bass?” he adds.
The latter line was recently quoted by Diddy on Twitter, drawing a re-tweet from Gunplay, one of Ross’ most loyal allies, having been down with the Bawse for years and a member of his Triple’s C’s group (Carol City Cartel) with Torch from the Bronx and Young Breed.
Gunplay couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday, as he was in New Orleans on set of a video with Ross. However, he spoke to XXLMag.com about coming into his own as an artist back in May.
“It makes me feel like all that work—the late nights in the studio, building Maybach Music from the ground up—all my efforts ain’t go in vain,” Gunplay said at the time. “It feels like it [was] supposed to happen. I ain’t being bigheaded but it feel like it [was] suppose to happen.” He’s rollin’!—Mark Lelinwalla