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V Exclusive: Warner Bros. Executive Todd Moscowitz Speaks On Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group Deal

Over the weekend, Rick Ross announced via Twitter that he officially joined the Warner Bros. Records family. Signing his company, Maybach Music Group, to a label deal, Ross has secured new distribution for himself and artists Wale, Meek Mill, Torch, Gunplay, Masspike Miles and others.

Home to acts such as Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka, Jason Derulo, and Curren$y, Warner Bros. was rumored to be in an intense bidding war with Bad Boy/Interscope and Cash Money/Universal.

“We were drawn to Ross' hustle. He's an entrepreneur like we are," said Warner Bros executive, Todd Moscowitz in a statement given to VIBE. “We built our company from the ground up and that's exactly what he did. Ross stands for something.”

After being in negotiations with the powerhouse for several months, Ricky Rozay finally found an offer he couldn’t refuse. However, contractually Ross still owes Def Jam at least one more album. The platinum selling artist’s forthcoming set, God Forgives, I Don’t, is due out later this year.

With full creative control over his upcoming projects and those of his artists, Rick Ross now attempts to solidify his brand as a major player. Warner also shares his vision and is confident in his future success.

“Ross is a magnate, a lightning rod. It’s so obvious that he's focused on building an empire. He's a brand builder and we've had more success than anyone at supporting that. It’s so much bigger than an artist thing," Moscowitz continued. “It’s about our partnership in building something enduring and we're backing Ross' vision, all the way and giving him the resources and backing to do it.”

Ross recently performed at various 2011 NBA All-Star events in Los Angeles.—Mikey Fresh

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Bibi Bourelly Shares Striking Video For "White House"

Singer-songwriter Bibi Bourelly continues to use her talented pen to spread a timely message. For her latest, the "Ballin" singer debuted the poignant video for "White House."

Images of the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center to footage of children detained in immigration facilities are depicted within the three-minute reel. The visual also puts into perspective the dire circumstances humans are currently living through and the future issues from the environment to politics that will alter the lives of generations to come. Bourelly also shared a mission statement behind the piece:

I am a girl.

A regular girl. I am not a pop star Or a politician. I am not a Straight A student. I am an artist. I try to tell the truth because My father taught me that lying hurts. Not only those around us , but ourselves. It hurts everyone. It jades our perspective and skews our principles. It confuses us and everyone around us. My father also taught me that when choosing to trust in or believe an individual you have to observe what they do before believing what they say. I look at the grown ups who are the representatives of our country and I don’t believe them. People like that never liked me. They never liked us. I know that because I’ve ran into them in encounters on the subway or the local community stores. They tell us to speak more like them and to stop writing poems. I’m a girl. I have never stolen anything. I am not a straight A student. I am a brown girl, an artist and a poet. I close my eyes sometimes and try to listen to the deepest part of my heart when things get scary or feel wrong to hear what it tells me like my father taught me to do and this is what came out.

In a previous interview with VIBE, Bourelly said one of her worries about being a creative in this industry is losing the ability to make tunes based on real-life issues.

"One of my biggest fears is that when I get to a certain level I will forget how to write about real life. I think that's what makes me an artist, the fact that I talk about the things that I experience. Music for me is an outlet," she said. "I feel things very intensely. Before I had the diction, the articulation to express what I felt I would create my music. The moment I begin to get a real understanding of diction and articulation, I begin to write about the things that were happening around me. It wasn't until people pointed it out to me that I was writing about the things that were happening around me that I realized it."

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Gucci Mane And Waka Flocka Put The Past Behind Them

After a years-long rift that resulted in subliminal statements and a torn friendship, Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka have arrived at a point of neutrality. The pair has been at odds in previous years due to personal and business matters, and at one point fans were convinced the Atlanta natives would remain outside of each other's orbit.

Now, Gucci said he was inspired to reach out to Waka after he was notified of the latter's public video message in November that called for a mediation between the two. "To be honest, with him going on the Internet like that, I reached out because I thought it was urgent," Gucci shared during an interview with Streetz 94.5 radio station. The "I Get The Bag" rapper continued to state that all has been settled between the two, reiterating that "everything's in the past now."

A month ago, Waka publicized his call to have a discussion with Gucci. Taking to Instagram, the "Hard in Da Paint" artist said, "All that playing over with. You know how to get me big dawg...You call me." Prior offenses included Waka's contention with Gucci's memoir and other business-related decisions, which Waka addressed on his song, "Was My Dawg."

 

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#GucciMane (@laflare1017) reveals that he and @wakaflocka have settled their differences and “everything is in the past now” 🚨| What do you guys think the conversation between Streetz Morning Takeover and Gucci Mane? Comment Below! 👇🏾 | #streetz945 #streetzmorningtakeover @moquickatl @joclive @shawtythecomedian

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Trick Daddy inserted his thoughts on the Ebro/ Kodak Black interview controversy.
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Trick Daddy Calls Ebro A "Fake A** Charlamagne" After Kodak Black Interview

Many are throwing their comments and thoughts into the recent news regarding Ebro Darden and Kodak Black. The radio host attempted to facilitate a conversation surrounding the rapper's sexual assault allegations. The "Codeine Dreaming" MC left the interview shortly after being made uncomfortable.

While many are standing by Darden's stab at tackling the elephant in the room, many others are calling out the Hot 97 host for bringing up such a sensitive topic. One of the people upset with Ebro is rapper Trick Daddy.

"Ebro, you disrespected the homie. You tried a young n***a. Kodak my little n***a, n***a," he said in an Instagram video defending Kodak. "If nobody gon' step up, I'm gon' step up, n***a. I want smoke, n***a. You get on the radio, you're supposed to be an older n***a. You're supposed to be a n***a that's supposed to lead these n***as not into temptation. You're supposed to get these n***as and put them under your wing and teach them the right from wrong. But your b**ch a** -- you're trying to be a fake a** Charlamagne."

After the interview gained virality, Ebro took to Twitter to explain that he was trying to have a balanced conversation, and that he wasn't trying to "bait" Kodak for views.

 

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@cthagod @theshaderoom @balleralert @worldstar make sho y’all tell em I said it .. @kodakblack @djepps

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