Rick Ross has reportedly returned home after being hospitalized last week, according to TMZ. The rapper was taken to a Miami area hospital after someone called 911 and reported that he was unresponsive and “slobbing at the mouth” at 3 a.m. on Thursday morning. Four days after being hospitalized, Ross returned home in the early hours on Monday morning. He is reportedly receiving further treatment from the comfort of his home.
TMZ sources previously said the rapper was dealing with respiratory issues, but later reported that the issue turned out to be heart-related. The rapper was reportedly put into the ICU and attached to an ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation), a device used for assisting with respiratory and heart functions. This news feled speculation that the rapper was on life support, a claim that a couple members of Maybach Music Group disputed. MMG associate Fat Trel shared an Instagram post Saturday saying Ross was “good.” Rockie Fresh also indicated that the TMZ report was inaccurate in a tweet.
The rapper has a history of health problems and appeared on Dr. Oz to talk about the back-to-back seizures he suffered while flying in 2011. “I went hard, you know,” he said. “It didn't seem as bad to me because the majority of the time I would be putting in work. The other time I would be partying, and the rest of the time it kind of blended. And that went on for years and years and years. I just developed those certain patterns.”
UPDATED 7:00 p.m. ET:TMZ is reporting that Rick Ross has been hooked up to a machine called ECMO (Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) that's keeping him alive in a Miami area hospital's cardio unit after he was initially found unresponsive. Early indications point towards a heart attack, although at this time that's unconfirmed. His heart and lungs have been taken over by the machine he's hooked up to, meaning he's currently on life support.
The report has since been disputed by Maybach Music Group associate Fat Trel, who took to Instagram to say he spoke with Rick Ross. According to Trel, Ross is “good” and “not on 'life support.'”
Rick Ross is reportedly in the hospital for respiratory treatment related to possible pneumonia.
A 911 call was placed by someone at Ross' Miami-area residence around 3:30 a.m. Thursday, according toTMZ. Police sources claim that the “person in distress,” reportedly Ross, became “combative” following a period of heavy breathing. A Ross source added that the issue is “heart-related,” but an unnamed family member has denied the hospitalization entirely. Reps for Ross did not immediately respond to Complex's request for comment.
Last year, Ross appeared on Dr. Oz amid his Rather You Than Me promo tour and discussed the back-to-back seizures he suffered while flying in 2011. “I went hard, you know,” he said. “It didn't seem as bad to me because the majority of the time I would be putting in work. The other time I would be partying, and the rest of the time it kind of blended. And that went on for years and years and years. I just developed those certain patterns.”
Ross dropped off the video for his T-Pain and Kodak Black collab “Florida Boy” last month.
Port of Miami 2: Born to Kill, according to comments Ross gave to Tim Westwood in November, is set to be released this year. “I'm digging deep into these joints, these records, these collaborations,” Ross said at the time. “I'm just going all out. It's the 10th one.” DJ Khaled has been involved with the sessions in some capacity. “Port of Miami 2 in the works,” he told fans last August.
In an interview with the Breakfast Club posted on Monday, Miami rapper Rick Ross was asked why he hadn’t signed any female artists to his Maybach Music Group imprint. “You know, I never did it because I always thought, like, I would end up fucking a female rapper and fucking the business up,” Ross 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.”
As you might expect, many people were taken aback by the comments, calling them sexist. Criticism has clearly gotten back to Ross, who took to Facebook on Thursday to issue a statement and apology.
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 2 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.
My comment is not reflection of my beliefs on the issue. A mistake I regret. I hope to use my mistake, my platform and the community to create positive discussion to implement change on a very important issue. respect for the ones who stand up to say hey that isn't right. Now it's time to accept responsibility and all do better.
I look forward to continue working with & supporting female artists. my discovery process was documented by vh1 on #signed which premiered last night. Many of the most talented artists you'll see in the running to be the next #MMG superstars are female artists. I look forward to clarifying my comments through my support.
Thank you to everyone who's going through the journey with me, we coming out everyday stronger.
Ross also used his Facebook page to pay tribute to Lundy, a late female emcee who was affiliated with MMG before her death this past spring. “For those who listened to the interview in its entirety, I mentioned a beloved friend and female artist,” he wrote. “Lundy my lil sis who I mentored, may you rest in power. A female artist who's amazing artistry will live on.”
His statement glows with female appreciation and his note about Lundy is touching, but it doesn't take away from the fact that Ross is on thin ice with women, right alongside R. Kelly and Tyga, who both exhibit predatory behavior on a regular basis. Between this and his “U.O.E.N.O” slip-up, Ross should tread lightly from here on out.
Wale was very excited for people to hear his new album, Shine—so much so that he released it a week early, to the surprise of almost everyone (including, rumor has it, folks at his record label, who were left without updated promo materials).
But Folarin’s excitement did not translate commercially, as the record moved just north of 25,000 units in its first week. During Wale's appearance on Everyday Struggle Monday, he addressed his career-long commercial ups and down, acknowledging that he's been “bitter” in the past, citing his angry phone call with Complex in December 2013. He also shouldered responsibility for Shine's first week sales, saying, “I didn't create enough awareness like I should have…. I put it on me, I don't put it on Atlantic.”
Shine's less-than-stellar showing is just the latest bump in a long road for the D.C. rapper. He’s known the heights of success: gold albums, hit singles, critical love, and affiliation with the rap game’s biggest names. He’s also seen the other side: poor sales, label issues, feuds, and bad press. The one constant is Wale, who, as he'd admit, can be his own enemy.
But he started out strong. Wale’s very first song, “Rhyme of the Century,” came out sometime around 2004 (reports differ, with some placing it a year earlier, and some a year later). The tune quickly got a ton of attention and airplay around the D.C. area.
The success of that first effort led to Wale being featured in The Source’s “Unsigned Hype” column, which upped his buzz and led to more music (including a popular tribute to a local go-go hero). He eventually signed to a local label, Studio 43, for his 2006 mixtape Hate Is the New Love. That August, Wale got some serious love from the Washington Post (“A rapper by the name of Wale has figured out how to fuse a mainstream-friendly hip-hop sound with go-go in a way that could detonate a hip-hop trend branded with the three stars and two bars of Washington's flag,” they enthused).
In December, Fader came through to do a story on the rising talent. By the time it was published in March 2007, Wale was ringing out everywhere, and it was time for the big names to start swooping in.
The first of these was producer Mark Ronson (fresh off his Grammy-winning work on Amy Winehouse's Back to Black), who signed Wale to his Allido label, put him on tour, got him on a Lily Allen remix and the VMAs, and more. By early 2008, it was time to call in the really big guns. So, after a bidding war, Wale signed to Interscope that March for a reported $1.3 million. The stars seemed to be aligning for Wale.
But it was that very label move that sowed the seeds of the first major disappointment about Wale’s career. The first single from Wale’s debut major-label release, Attention Deficit, was a misfire: The Lady Gaga-assisted “Chillin’” was a commercial and critical flop, barely squeaking into Billboard’s Hot 100 chart at No. 99, where it hung out for a single week.
In a 2011 interview, Wale told Maryland radio station WPGC what happened, explaining that the label had been fiddling with the song until the very last minute:
“There was only one song funded, and [‘Chillin’] was the song that they picked. ‘Chillin’ didn’t sound nothing like that at first. They did the record industry stuff, saying, ‘Oh we really love the record. This should be your first single. Just change this, this and this.’ It actually got changed the day it was mastered.”
The single’s poor performance worried the label, and they shipped out far fewer copies of Attention Deficit than normal to stores. In large part because the record was difficult to find, Wale sold only 28,000 copies his first week. To this day, the album still hasn't gone gold.
By 2010, Wale had been dropped from Interscope and was no longer working with Ronson. He needed a way back into the mainstream, and it came via a rather surprising route: Waka Flocka Flame. Waka’s “No Hands,” featuring Wale and Roscoe Dash, came out that August and was a huge hit. It made it all the way to the top of the Hot Rap Songs chart, and its success gave Wale’s career a much-needed boost.
He rode that momentum all the way to a new deal, signing with Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group the following February. His first solo album with MMG, Ambition, was far more successful than the prior record, eventually going gold in 2016. But the album’s lead single, “Lotus Flower Bomb,” did even better. The song peaked at No. 38 on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed on the charts for 20 weeks. It even garnered a Grammy nomination. Another single from the album, “That Way,” charted as well.
All of a sudden, Wale was back in the game. His 2013 follow-up album, The Gifted, debuted at No. 1 and went gold only a few months after Ambition. It also contained his biggest single ever, “Bad.” The song, featuring Tiara Thomas on the original version and Rihanna on the remix, peaked at No. 21 and lingered on the charts for a whopping 26 weeks. In 2016, it would join “Lotus Flower Bomb” by going platinum.
But this would represent a commercial peak for the MMG star. “The Matrimony,” the highest-charting single from 2015’s The Album About Nothing, would only reach No. 70 on the Hot 100. “The Body” did even worse, making it to No. 87 and spending only six weeks on the singles chart. The album itself debuted at No. 1 like its predecessor, but came nowhere near The Gifted’s overall sales.
Right when all of that was happening, it appeared to fans that MMG was breaking apart. Wale and Meek Mill had a very public falling out, which culminated in Meek saying that Wale was “not MMG.”
This bad blood may have played a role in Wale’s poor chart performance since. “My PYT,” which came out almost a full year before Shine hit the streets, spent a mere two weeks in the lower regions of the singles chart. “Running Back,” which followed, squeaked onto the chart at No. 100 for a single week before falling off.
So where does that leave us? Wale is a prodigiously talented rapper, and has come back from sales slumps before. Despite the drama, he still has the support of MMG, and as he explained on Everyday Struggle, he doesn't consider the album to be a flop since its helping him sell out shows; “My L.A. show sold out in six hours, so I know I'm doing something right,” he said. If the music business has taught us anything, it’s that there's always room for a second chance—especially when you're willing to push forward and acknowledge past missteps.
The “James Dean of hip-hop” joins forces with Maybach Music Group. G-Eazy is enlisting Rockie Fresh as part of his upcoming “These Things Happen Tour,” RapFix has exclusively learned. The MMG newcomer has been named as the tour’s opening act along with Toronto rapper Tory Lanez and California native Kyle.
The 40-date “These Things Happen Tour” kicks off February 21 in Dallas and continues with stops in New York City, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Toronto.
G-Eazy is prepping to release a new album, the follow-up to 2012’s Must Be Nice, called These Things Happen, this spring. The effort comes on the heels of a string of big wins for the Oakland rapper including opening up for Drake’s “Light Dreams and Nightmares” tour in 2010 and jumping on Lil Wayne’s “America’s Most Wanted Tour” in 2013.
Eazy spoke to Respectlast year about his artistic goal of always bettering himself. “That’s the motto that I want to take after: never getting too comfortable in one spot. You want to keep pushing things forward and wanting to keep trying new things and keep getting better.”
For more information on the These Things Happen Tour visit G-Eazy.com. See the current tour dates below:
2/21/14 Dallas, TX Tree’s
2/22/14 Houston, TX Warehouse Live Studio
2/23/14 Austin, TX The Parish
2/25/14 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine
2/26/14 Phoenix, AZ Marquee
2/27/14 Los Angeles, CA Fonda
2/28/14 Pomona, CA Glasshouse
3/1/14 San Diego, CA Soma
3/2/14 Ventura, CA Venture Theater
3/4/14 Santa Cruz, CA Catalyst
3/5/14 San Francisco, CA Fillmore
3/7/14 Seattle, WA Showbox
3/8/14 Vancouver, BC Fortune
3/9/14 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
3/11/14 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
3/12/14 Denver, CO Ogden
3/13/13 Austin, TX SXSW
3/14/13 Austin, TX SXSW
3/15/14 Oxford, OH Brick Street
3/16/14 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
3/17/14 Grand Rapids, MI Intersection
3/18/14 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
3/19/14 Detroit, MI Crofoot
3/20/14 Toronto, ON Mod Club
3/21/14 Montreal, QC Underworld
3/22/14 Boston, MA Paradise
3/23/14 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
3/26/14 Philadelphia, PA TLA
3/27/14 New York, NY Irving Plaza
3/28/14 Springfield, VA Empire
3/29/14 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
3/30/14 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
3/31/14 Carrborro, NC Cats Cradle
4/2/14 Orlando, FL The Plaza
4/4/14 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
4/6/14 St. Louis, MO Pops
4/8/14 Iowa City, IA Blue Moose Tap House
4/9/14 Lawrence, KS Granada
4/10/14 Little Rock, AR Juanita’s
4/12/14 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks
Good things come in threes, especially if you’re a fan of Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group. Rozay dropped three visual jewels from his collective’s upcoming compilation LP, Self Made, Vol. 3, throughout the course of the day Tuesday (June 4), leading off with Wale’s “Poor Decisions,” and following with his own “Oil Money Gang” before serving up Rockie Fresh’s “God is Great” for an encore.
“It’s something it’s really super dope, but it’s only a way you can present it — in a form like this,” Rozay told MTV News on Monday (June 3) about SMV3, due August 6. “It’s all about the collaboration and the presentation.”
The DRE Films-directed clip for Wale’s “Poor Decisions” starts off with a contemplative Rozay spitting the line “rich ni—as making poor decisions” in an nondescript urban area, followed by Lupe Fiasco dropping verses in similarly desolate and dismal environs. The Gifted MC, however, gets to tour a sneaker spot while admonishing people’s materialism before flashing to a dysfunctional family in the park and Lupe’s lyrical flip of Ross chorus, “poor ni—as making rich decisions.”