Best of the Best 2012: A Five-Part Guide
It began as a South Beach fashion event and eventually became an intercity celebration of black culture, complete with comedy shows and music festivals, including the Best of the Best concert.
Hosted by Funkmaster Flex, this year's Best of the Best at Bicentennial Park on Sunday, May 27, will feature performances by some of the rap game's biggest talent and reggae's brightest stars. The following five MCs, however, are our favorites.
Despite his decision to sign with P. Diddy's Bad Boy Records earlier this year, French Montana has remarkably close ties to Rick Ross's Maybach Music Group. The 27-year-old Moroccan-born MC appeared on two hot tracks -- "Off the Boat" and "Stay Schemin'" -- off Ross's critically acclaimed 2012 mixtape, Rich Forever.
And the Boss later returned the favor by collaborating on "Ballin'," a cut for Montana's Coke Boys 3 mix, and holding down executive producer duties on Montana's forthcoming studio debut, Excuse My French.
Clearly, the duo's bond is thicker than the marijuana smoke clouding Rozay's Maybach. But French Montana is just one of several Best of the Best artists with MMG connects.
Signing with Rick Ross's Maybach Music Group is like taking an oath with a mob family. There's unlimited earning potential and you'll be protected as long as you hustle hard and stay loyal.
Meek Mill became a made guy last year, signing the MMG contract inside one of Rick Ross's sick cribs while a shirtless Rozay promised big things. For Mill, it was a rap dream come true. "Now it's get out and take that shit to the next level," he says. "It's Maybach man."