Rick Ross and his MMG crew sure do know how to throw a party like bosses! Last night Wednesday (June 13), the bottles were popped, the smoke filled the air and the strippers worked the pole for their dollars at Sin City Cabaret in the Bronx, New York for the ‘Self Made Vol. 2 listening event’.
Maybach Music Group (Rick Ross, Wale, Meek Mill, Stalley, Omarion and affiliates Gunplay and French Montana) were joined by celebrities including Drake, DJ Khaled, Busta Rhymes, DJ Self, DJ SNS and Fred Da Godson. Music executives Joie Manda and Sean “Pecas” Costner, Warner Bros. Records Senior Director of Marketing Shari Bryant (she is the one who spearheaded this whole amazing event), Warner Bros. Records Urban Marketing Coordinator Brianna Harrison, Hip-Hop journalist/blogger Elliott Wilson and MTV’s writer Rob Markman also attended this industry event.
Upon my arrival around 8pm Meek Mill and Stalley arrived shortly after. The Bawse (Rick Ross) arrived with Gunplay and a large entourage around 9:30, followed by Drake and Busta Rhymes. The strip club was packed wall-to-wall with industry bloggers, journalists, DJ’s, reporters, and photographers as we sat and waited to hear some cuts from the album. Usually album listening sessions take place at hotels, studios or even the press room at a label but last night has officially made strip clubs the new thing to have an album listening session.
Around 11pm, Rick Ross took the mic to welcome the crowd, followed by him introducing “Power Circle” Ft. Rick Ross, Kendrick Lamar, Gunplay, Stalley, Wale and Meek Mill off Self Made Vol. 2. From there, DJ Khaled took over hosting duties and introduced the rest of the tracks from the album including “All Birds” Ft. French Montana, “Actin “Up” Ft. Wale, Meek Mill and French, “Fountain Of Youth Ft. Nipsey Hu$$le, “ Bury Me A G” Ft. T.I. and “This Thing Of Ours” Ft. Nas.
The strippers continued to dance for their dollars as cuts from the album were played in the background. This time around, the album features a lot more collaborations with artists outside of MMG. Self Made Vol. 2 arrives June 26.
Story by Donovan “Don Bleek” Moore
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