Known initially for his role as Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi: The Next Generation, Toronto, Ontario, native Drake (born Aubrey Drake Graham) stepped out as a rapper and singer with pop appeal in 2006, when he initiated a series of mixtapes. A year later, despite being unsigned, he scored major exposure when his cocky and laid-back track “Replacement Girl,” featuring Trey Songz, was featured on BET’s 106 & Park program as its “Joint of the Day.” He raised his profile throughout the next several months by popping up on countless mixtapes and remixes, and as rumors swirled about contract offers from labels, he gradually became one of the most talked-about artists in the industry.
It did not hurt that he had support from the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Lil Wayne. By the end of June 2009, “Best I Ever Had,” a promotional single, had climbed to number two on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. After a fierce bidding war, Drake signed with Universal Motown in late summer and released an EP (So Far Gone) made up of songs from his popular So Far Gone mixtape. It peaked at number six on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and won a 2010 Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year. Thank Me Later, a full-length featuring collaborations with the Kings of Leon, the-Dream, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Lil Wayne, was issued through Young Money the following year. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi
Maybach Music Group (MMG) is a record label imprint founded by American rapper Rick Ross. Maybach Music Group albums were formerly distributed by Warner Bros. Records, which took over distribution following the expiration of a deal with Def Jam Recordings.
As of December 11, 2012 the labels releases are now distributed by Atlantic Records. Six solo and two compilation albums have been released by Maybach Music Group, including three certified Gold albums. The label is home to artists such as Ross himself, Wale, Meek Mill, French Montana, Omarion and Gunplay among others.
Maybach Music Group released its first album in the summer of 2009, which was Rick Ross' third studio album Deeper Than Rap. After the release, Ross focused more on signing artists to his label, in the process discovering musicians such as Masspike Miles & hip hop group Triple C's who consists of members Gunplay, Torch, & Young Breed. On October 27, 2009 Ross released Triple C's debut studio album Custom Cars & Cycles through Def Jam.
In 2010, MMG issued Teflon Don, with another album titled Color, Cut & Clarity by Triple C's also scheduled for distribution, but was delayed and has yet to be released. That same year, Ross made an offer to rapper Wiz Khalifa to sign to Maybach Music Group. Khalifa at the time was already signed with Atlantic Records.
In 2011, Ross confirmed that he intended to launch Maybach Music Jamaica along with Maybach Music Latino.He also signed Maybach Music Group's first reggae artist, Magazeen. On March 25, 2011, it was announced that R&B & Soul singer Teedra Moses had signed to Maybach Music Group via Warner Bros. Records as its first female artist.Her second studio album entitled The Lioness is scheduled to be released there sometime in 2013.
With a reputation for one-upping the competition by arriving via helicopter at rooftop listening parties for his own T.R.U. (The Real University) imprint, and the kind of grandiose ambition that a rapper from southside Atlanta needs to chase down the American Dream, 2Chainz officially launches his solo career as the newest signing to Def Jam Recordings. 2Chainz was brought to the label through Sha Money XL, Senior Vice President of A&R, Island Def Jam Music Group.
"We are proud to welcome 2 Chainz to the Def Jam tradition and family of artists," said Island Def Jam President & COO Steve Bartels. "We have a tremendous amount of respect for the incredible buzz 2 Chainz has built, and it's our job to nurture and protect that. 2 Chainz has a credibility and flavor that is uniquely suited to the Def Jam lifestyle and brand. We look forward to great success together."
The signing was celebrated with a performance at downtown New York hotspot S.O.B.’s, billed as 2Chainz’ first N.Y. concert. “2Chainz is a veteran who chooses being catchy over being cool,” raved the New York Times the next morning. “He’s an inadvertent humorist, and awe and wonderment often sneak into his verses, as if he’s still surprised by every blessing his new success affords him. You hear it on his recent work with Rick Ross (‘Party Heart’) and Young Jeezy (‘SupaFreak’), among others.”
Currently mining digital downloads in the millions for T.R.U. REALigion, his latest indie mixtape sensation (released November 2011), 2Chainz is winning new fans every hour. His ‘hit’ tracks – signatures that include “Riot,” “Boo” featuring Yo Gotti, and the Drumma Boy-produced smash single “Spend It,” have helped establish a new sphere of influence for the lanky, outspoken rapper.
Goodie Mob is CeeLo Green, Big Gipp, Khujo Goodie, and T-mo Goodie.
Goodie Mob was a Hip Hop act based in Atlanta, Georgia that formed in 1991 and currently consists of members Cee-Lo Green, Khujo, T-Mo and Big Gipp. As explained on their track “Fighting,” Goodie Mob means “the GOOD DIE Mostly Over Bullshit.”
Goodie Mob’s debut was the 1995 gold-certified album “Soul Food,” which was produced by Organized Noize and critically acclaimed. It reached #45 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and #8 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums. The album featured three Billboard Hot 100 singles in “Soul Food,” “Dirty South” and the Top 40 hit, “Cell Therapy.” It was on this album that the phrase Dirty South was actually coined, featured as a song title.
The Mob’s second album was “Still Standing” in 1998, on which they continued their tendency towards social commentary, and Cee-Lo’s penchant for singing began to show through more. The album was also produced by Organized Noize. It reached #6 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. “Still Standing” was the group’s second consecutive gold-selling effort.
During this period the group made a cameo appearance in the film “Mystery Men” as the “Not So Goodie Mob,” with Cee-Lo crediting himself by his birth name, Thomas Callaway.
Goodie Mob was signed to LaFace Records’s parent label Arista Records for their third album, “World Party,” which was released in 1998. It reached #48 on the Billboard 200 and #8 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. The record veered away from their gritty style that permeated their successful previous releases, instead incorporating lighter beats and party related subject matter. During production, unhappy with the project’s direction, Cee-Lo abruptly left to pursue a solo career. Arista dropped the group following poor sales of the album.
The fourth album from Goodie Mob, and first without Cee-Lo, “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show” was something of a return to their earlier style. Released in 2004, it peaked at #15 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart but only reached #85 on the Billboard 200. This was their first album to not be certified gold.