Rick Ross Says Wiz Khalifa’s Maybach Music Deal Denial Hasn’t Hurt Their Friendship

By Ronnie Gamble  |  09/17/2010

Rick Ross and Wiz KhalifaWiz Khalifa revealed last month that Rick Ross had offered him a deal with his Maybach Music imprint, but unfortunately, he has already signed with Atlantic Records ... and said he probably wouldn't have joined Ross' label either way.

But, despite declining Ross' invitation, the Miami rapper said -- via an interview with TheBoomBox.com -- that they are still friends.

"That's my homie," Ross told the website. "I just talked to him the other day. Wiz to me, his flow, he's like that new Snoop Dogg to me. Dude's just so humble and when you meet him he's just a down to earth cool dude. He just gets in the studio and does his business, so I wanted to really intensify his situation. I just put it out there that I would love for him to be a great edition at Maybach Music."

Ross loves Wiz's music so much, he enlisted the Pittburgh rapper's services for a verse on a remix to his track "Super High" this summer.

Ross isn't the only big name Wiz Khalifa has turned down in recent months. He also rejected an offer from Drake to join him on his upcoming "Light Dreams and Nightmares" tour, so that he can focus on his own Waken Baken tour instead.

Wiz told Vibe last month that he wants to focus on building his own brand himself, instead of getting a co-sign, which it turn will make his career that much stronger.

"I'm all about standing behind my own brand instead of putting myself up under somebody else's," he explained. "[Success] might take a little bit longer and take more work, but in the end it pays off because I can stand right up there with my peers and have respect."

Wiz's mixtape, Kush & Orange Juice, is one of the most popular mixtapes of 2010. However, it took some time to gain attention, says Simon, owner of popular mixtape website MixtapePass.com.

(Download the tape over at MixtapePass.com )

According to Simon, Wiz's core fanbase helped drive it to the success its gotten today.

"I think it got overlooked on [MixtapePass.com]. His die hard fans were after it, but a lot of people sleep on some good tapes, like they did with Gucci Mane in the beginning, until they sign to a major and their name is in news," he told BallerStatus.com. "Then, they start looking for their older tapes, but can't find them cause the label get website to take down all their mixtapes, which ends up hurting their take off because they are creating fanbases from the Internet and these mixtapes. He had a huge cult-like following, even before Kush & Orange Juice dropped, which is why he declined Ross."