Maybach Music founder Rick Ross has linked up with longtime friend and collaborator Future on a new track, “Green Gucci Suit.” The two internationally revered rappers have appeared on a multitude of singles together, whether featured on tracks like those on DJ Khaled‘s albums Grateful and Major Key, on tracks like Ace Hood’s “Bugatti,” or supporting one another on albums, like Future’s appearances on Rick Ross’ 2017 Rather You Than Me.
“Green Gucci Suit” opens with an ’80s, Miami Vice feel, a potential nod at its upcoming feature on Ross’ Port of Miami II. The album, announced in March, will be the follow up to Ross’ debut 2006 album Port of Miami, with a release date to be announced.
HARD Summer is pulling out all the stops for the upcoming edition of the festival, led by one of the event’s most memorable lineups to date. Slated for August 4 – 5, and returning to a familiar venue at Fontana’s Auto Club Speedway, HARD’s flagship event is sticking to their tried and true playbook of marquee dance and hip-hop match ups, laced together by the underground’s finest newcomer talents, dropping off a lineup of over 70 acts. Best of all, 2018 now is officially the year of the back-to-back.
Additional firepower from Mija, k?d, Tokimonsta, Madam X, Joyryde and many more round out one of HARD’s best bookings to date. And with the festival boasting added amenities, updated safety and comfort features, plus a hilarious trailer that pins Diplo as the “Dawson’s Creek looking motherf****r” he is, we’re looking at what could be the most over-the-top edition of HARD Summer yet.
Erotic-funk singer/songwriter, Miguel‘s fourth studio album, War & Leisure, is likely his most conscious, inventive body of work to date. Miguel is most widely known for his massive R&B ballad “Adorn,” which won him a Grammy in 2013. The track was released on his 2012 Kaleidoscope Dream, the LP that signified Miguel’s leap towards a more overtly psychedelic variation of his Pop/R&B production style.
In addition to his emblematic crooning of celestial bedroom sagas, we hear Miguel fighting to remain positive amid the tempestuous political climate in War & Leisure — title befitting. The album sees these two tones merge most discernibly in “Banana Clip,” wherein underneath the overtly phallic overtures, Miguel references the looming prospect of nuclear war with North Korea: “M16 on my lap / We hear missiles in the sky.”
Miguel also takes moments, specifically in the funkadelic, “Told You So,” to channel one his most salient influences, Prince, with lush, throbbing vocals and enrapturing eroticism. The production itself affords War & Leisure an air of wavy psychedelia, brought on by abundant reverb within both vocals and instrumentals, breathy dissonance, and distortion pedals galore — most evident in “Criminal,” featuring Rick Ross.
Rick Ross has apologized for the controversial statements he made about female rappers during a recent interview with Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club show. In a Facebook post, he described his “insensitive comment” as a “mistake [he regrets]” and praised the many women in his life.
During the original radio interview, the rapper revealed why he has never signed a female rapper to his record label, Maybach Music Group. “You know, I never did it because I always thought, like, I would end up fucking a female rapper and fucking the business up,” he said, “I’m so focused on my business. I just, I gotta be honest with you. You know, she looking good. I’m spending so much money on her photo shoots. I gotta fuck a couple times.”
In his apology post, Rick Ross states,
“I want to address an insensitive comment I made on a very sensitive issue, especially in a minority-dominated industry like hip-hop, my entire empire’s backbone is led by two of the strongest people I know, and they happen to be women, my mother and sister. The operations wouldn’t run without them, and I have the highest regard and respect for women in this industry. I have a daughter myself, my most cherished gift in the world.”
Ross further stated that he hopes to “create positive discussion to implement change” on the issue of sexism in the industry. Read his full apology below:
Rick Ross is notorious for making extremely offensive statements, not only in his music, but also on and off the record. The misogynist hip hop artist caught backlash a few years ago when Reebok ended a relationship with him because of graphic lyrics which promoted rape culture on Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O.” remix. The deeply disturbing verses, “Put molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it / I took her home and I enjoyed that / She ain’t even know it” are just one of the many disgusting examples that shed light to Rick Ross’s objectification of women.
In an interview with the Breakfast Club yesterday, interviewer Angela Yee asked if Rick Ross would ever sign a female rapper to his Maybach Music Group label, and he responded,
“You know, I never did it because I always thought I would end up fucking the female rapper, fucking the business up. I’m so focused on the business. I gotta be honest with you! She looking good, I’m spending so much money on the photo shoots, I gotta fuck a couple of times.”
The shocking footage of the interview shows all the men in the room laughing at Ross’s comment. However, reducing women to sexual objects, the way Ross did, is never something to joke about, and perpetuates discrimination. The crude and inappropriate “joke” made by one of hip hop’s most famous artists is just another testament to the oppression women in the music industry face.
Skrillex and Rick Ross delivered one of the biggest tracks of the year in 2016 with their highly-anticipated Suicide Squad soundtrack contribution “Purple Lamborghini.” Beyond the track’s Grammy-nomination as the most palatable component of the film, “Purple Lamborghini” has become a fiery setlist igniter in Skrillex sets, and the live mash-up capabilities with RL Grime’s infamous “Mercy” remix are, in one word, sublime. Now, OWSLA affiliate and undisputed Jersey club champion, DJ Sliink has his own club-ready spin on Sonny and Rozay’s platinum certified trap weapon via a NEST HQpremiere.
Clipping up large pieces of the original mix while keeping Ross’ versework largely intact, Sliink delivers a breakneck dance floor demolisher, taking the tempo down just a touch to his signature jersey bounce sweet spot. Cutting up pounding four-on-the-floor kicks and tightly wound hi-hat rolls with the original’s unmistakable metallic bark and gun samples, DJ Sliink comes through with a surprise edit of “Purple Lamborghini” that’s bound to inject high-octane fuel into festival and club sets all summer long.
When two heavyweights cross genres for a collaboration, there is no doubt it will turn some heads, especially when the song is in a major motion picture. After dropping their broadly appealing collaboration hit summer, Skrillex and Rick Ross‘ “Purple Lamborghini” has now received platinum certification from the RIAA.
The collaboration was a standout track on the Suicide Squad soundtrack, which included songs by Twenty One Pilots, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Action Bronson, and more. Featuring a cameo from Jared Leto as the Joker, the video has garnered nearly 260 million views to date. The track also made news after earning a Grammy nomination for “Best Song Written for Visual Media.”