Who’s a boss.
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Charlie Sheen who.
"Got these J’s chasing rocks, Like they chasing power pellets" Pill and co-star Ross take it Pink City in the video for the dopeboy self-empowerment song, "Pacman," shot by Young Shun.
Nothing like some NSFW action to round out a productive day.
The PR for the new "600 Benz" video started with the words "Maybach Music has been delivering new visuals just about every other day this year" and all I could think is we have a strong entry for understatement of the year.
Rick Ross must have been one helluva chess player in a former life. His ascension to power and status as the hottest act in the rap game is a result of strategic planning from everything to calculating who to beef with to devising a formula that works into his increased star power. After his in-house cabal, the Triple C's, failed to make a blip on the radar after following his lead, the gravelly-voiced executive fell back and regrouped. Deeming outsourcing to be the best move in strengthening his empire, Ross went out and snagged proven yet unrealized talent to keep the Maybach Music Group afloat. The new breed consists of three consecutive generations of XXL freshmen in Wale, the scribe from D.C. majoring in ambidexterity; Atlanta, GA's very own Pill, a slumdog mentality built inside a kingpin rhymer; and Meek Mill, whose scrappy delivery embodies the same Philly streets responsible for his comeup. Under Ross' tutelage, they release Self Made, Vol. 1. Their first venture as an unit as well as the label's flagship project hopeful. Self Made, Vol. 1 is largely a standard operation, subscribing to the lowest common denominator in terms of song topics and beat selection--which include ace cards such as Just Blaze, Lex Luger and The Inkredibles all contributing noisy arrangements to the equation. The clique fires on all cylinders at random, particularly on "By Any Means," as they paraphrase Malcolm X over relentless bass and charged deliveries from each respective member.
Say whatever needs to be said about Rick Ross, but be sure call the guy a noble facilitator. Where and how long Meek Mill, Wale and Pill's careers eventually peak remains to be seen, but thanks to their association with The Fat Man, their buzzes have grown exponentially since the ink dried. And Rozay appears to be more than willing to share the spotlight. I'm still lightweight baffled "Perfectionist" did not make the final cut for Self Made seeing it could have easily taken the spot of a handful of tracks built with the same format. Regardless, such an omission didn't stop the Maybach crew from throwing on their Sunday's best and shooting a video. The aforementioned quartet gather around a table like mob bosses as Meek and Ricky exhibit the Jadakiss-Styles P give and go two man fast break type flow. That's about all the description really needed here. As for a Meek/Ross duet which did make Self Made, the two filmed the video for the under-the-radar banger "I'ma Boss." Shallow, unoriginal and predicatable it may very well be. It still rides out something nice in the whip though. Previously: First Listen: Maybach Music Group's Self Made, Vol. 1 | TSS Presents The Maybach Music Group "Self Made" Giveaway.
Flex does the honors on a new MMG track, "Big Bank.
"By Any Means" comes in strong with a marauding, Lex Luger-esque beat. Wale, Meek Mill and Pill deliver the verses, with the man from Atlanta delivering the best effort. Even though Wale's name comes first, Rick Ross' shadow looms over this song, an insurmountable obstacle for any other emcee to match on any bass heavy beats of this pedigree. He confidently strides over the epic instrumental here, delivering the hook with his trademark grandeur. The verses, while solid, can't stand up to Ross' force, dissolving like afterthoughts when "pork on the fork, white in the pot" comes in. It all knocks though. The track will rattle stereos and blast through any set of headphones like nobody's business. Self Made Vol. 1 is set to drop May 23rd. Wale Feat. Rick Ross, Meek Mill & Pill - "By Any Means" Previously: Wale Feat. Rick Ross And Jadakiss – “600 Benz” (Prod. by Lil Lody).
After glossing it over about three times and finally coming back to listen out of curiosity, three things just happened upon listening to Officer Ross' and Meek Mill's latest offering from Self-Made Vol.