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.”