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It’s almost that time. That time where all artists have ran through the mixtape gauntlet, and time to see where their real fans are, aka people who actually buy albums. Read More

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On Wednesday May 2, 2012, Rick Ross filled the conference room at the Eventi Hotel in midtown Manhattan to hold a press conference and make some major announcements on behalf of Maybach Music. Rick and Diddy first announced that French Montana’s album, “Excuse My French,” will drop on July 17th. French’s next single will reportedly feature Rick Ross, Drake & Lil Wayne. It was also announced that Meek Mill’s upcoming mixtape, “Dreamchaser 2″ will drop on May 7th and be followed by his debut album, “Dreams & Nightmares” on August 28th. Rozay also announced that the MMG compilation “Self Made v.2,” will drop June 26th and then announced that his next solo album “God Forgives, I Don’t Will” hit shelves July 31st. After weeks of speculations, Ross also announced the latest signee to MMG – Omarion. This needless to say announcement came as a surprise to most. Click through and check out all the photos from the MMG press conference. All photos by Bernard Smalls.

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XXL’s 2012 Freshmen Live Tour made its final stop at the Best Buy Theater in New York on Monday. Freshmen Future, Kid Ink, Danny Brown, French Montana, Macklemore, Machine Gun Kelly, Hopsin, Iggy Azalea and Roscoe Dash were joined by special guests Cipha Sounds, DJ Khaled, Red Cafe, Schoolboy Q and Tech N9ne. Photos by Bernard Smalls

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