Rap-Up TV: Omarion Talks Maybach O, New Album, and Frank Ocean

Omarion is holding it down for R&B as the first singer signed to Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group. Rap-Up TV caught up with the former B2K frontman while he was in the studio working on his MMG debut. He shared what it’s like to be part of the family, what he admires about the Bawse, and how he came up with his alter ego Maybach O.

“It’s a name that I adopted coming in thinking about the concepts of the records, listening to Meek Mill and Wale and Rozay,” said O, whose Ross-assisted single “Let’s Talk” is featured on the Self Made, Vol. 2 compilation. “A Maybach is not a cheap car. It’s expensive and you’ve got to have taste.”

Omarion is 20-30 songs deep into recording his new album, due this winter. “I’m so excited to give people what I feel has been missing from music, the feeling, the emotion,” he explained. “I really put my all into this album.”

Plus, he shared his support for fellow crooner Frank Ocean following the revelation of his sexuality. “It feels good when you can be honest, you can walk around with things that you don’t have to carry around anymore,” said Omarion. “And I feel like it might have been a burden for him. I feel like he can walk around and feel happy about who he is now. Anyone that has something they need to get off their chest, I respect.”

Maybach Music Group Takes Over ’106 & Park’

Omarion, Rick Ross, Stalley, Wale, and Meek Mill

To celebrate the release of Self Made, Vol. 2, Rick Ross and his Maybach Music crew took over “106 & Park.” First the Bawse brought our MMG’s newest member Omarion, who premiered the video for “Let’s Talk.” Wale was up next, speaking about competiting with his fellow MMG MCs and his BET Awards nominations. Stalley also joined his mentor on stage, but it was Meek Mill who got the biggest reaction. The Philly rapper spoke about his upcoming debut Dreams & Nightmares, due August 28.

“It’s my first album. A lot of people expecting a lot from me, so I’m finna get in there and give it everything I got and make some noise,” said Meek, who was recently co-signed by Nas. “It just motivates me and gives me more confidence to do what I do best.”

The Untouchable Empire will hit the stage at the BET Awards on July 1.

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Video: Omarion f/ Rick Ross – ‘Let’s Talk’

Rick Ross and Omarion

Maybach Music introduces its newest member Omarion in the video for “Let’s Talk” featuring Rick Ross. Maybach O cavorts with scantily-clad women, shows off his slick moves, and rolls with the Bawse in the clip. He even teaches French Montana a move or two.

The former B2K member is working on an EP and is featured on MMG’s Self Made, Vol. 2 compilation, due June 26.

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Album Cover: Maybach Music Group – ‘Self Made, Vol. 2’

Self Made, Vol. 2

The summer belongs to Maybach Music Group. Rick Ross and his Untouchable Empire unveil the epic cover art for Self Made, Vol. 2. Due June 26, the follow-up to last year’s Self Made, Vol. 1 features Stalley, Meek Mill, Wale, and MMG’s newest member Omarion. The first single, “Bag of Money,” is currently No. 42 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

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Rap-Up TV: Meek Mill Talks ‘Dreams & Nightmares,’ Omarion, and Rihanna

“The Meek shall inherit the Earth,” raps Meek Mill on “Ready or Not” off his new mixtape Dreamchasers 2. And he plans to do just that. As a member of Rick Ross’ Untouchable Maybach Music Empire, the 25-year-old phenom has the streets and the Internet on lock (his mixtape has reportedly been downloaded 2.5 million times).

Fresh off the first two dates of the “Club Paradise” tour with Drake, the Philly rapper sat down with Rap-Up TV to discuss his upcoming MMG debut Dreams & Nightmares. Due August 28, the album is set to feature production from Jahlil Beats, Cardiak, and Boi-1da, among others.

“I’ma give you the nightmare side, coming up in the streets and actually being in jail…to the dream side of being on tour with Drake and 2 Chainz and Waka Flocka and traveling the world,” said Meek, who views Rozay as a father figure.

“I look at Ross like my old head. My dad died when I was young. I never really had an older person in my life that really looked out for me. [Ross] helped change my life—took my music to another level, so it took my money and my family to another level.”

Just last week, Maybach Music welcomed Omarion into the family. “That’s the decision Ross made and we gon’ rock with it 100 percent,” said Meek, who has recorded a song with the former B2K member.

And with the fame comes the rumors. He and Rihanna were recently spotted at the same strip club, prompting speculation that they are dating. But Meek, who has a girl back home, set the record straight.

“I ain’t really be tryna go there with my girlfriend over blogs. That shit fu**ing up my life a little bit,” he said. “[Rihanna] might have been at the same place as me, but that don’t mean we was together. She a cool person, I met her before, she like my music, and that’s that.”

Behind the Video: Omarion f/ Rick Ross – ‘Let’s Talk’

Omarion and Rick Ross

As the ink dries on his new deal with Maybach Music Group, Omarion aka Maybach O takes us behind the scenes of the video for “Let’s Talk,” his debut MMG single, which samples the Notorious B.I.G. and Salt-N-Pepa. The former B2K frontman connects with the Bawse and some scantily-clad women in the clip. “The vibe on the record is just natural,” said O, who is readying an EP.

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Omarion Joins Maybach Music Family on ‘106 & Park’

French Montana, Wale, Meek Mill, Rick Ross, and Omarion

Fresh off announcing his signing to Maybach Music Group, Omarion appeared on BET’s “106 & Park” alongside his new boss Rick Ross and MMG labelmates Wale and Meek Mill.

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