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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2012
Judging by this week's nightlife offerings, Thursday has the most talent. If you missed out on Guns N' Roses tickets (sorry Axl enthusiasts, if you lost out on tickets), there's Rick Ross, Islands and White Life to choose from. But there are plenty of options during the other six days, so let's get on to the most notable events: On Monday, frat-friendly Connecticut rapper Chris Webby performs at the Ottobar ( $18 ). Just outside of the city, the young Australian pop heart-throb Cody Simpson plays Fillmore Silver Spring ( $22.50 )
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2012
When the biggest rap tour of the season stops by 1st Mariner Arena on Saturday, opening act Machine Gun Kelly will provide a stark contrast to the flashy, dipped-in-gold Maybach Music Group trio of Wale, Meek Mill and headliner Rick Ross. While the MMG clique presents a cool, almost icy demeanor in its songs, the 22-year-old Cleveland rapper, born Richard Colson Baker, takes the opposite approach, fearlessly spitting double-time flows in the face of the audience. When his rapid-fire delivery fails to spark the crowd, MGK keeps a battering ram of a single in his back pocket.
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By Wesley Case | May 23, 2011
Rick Ross is the most consistent — and arguably the most important — rapper working today. Hip-hop's crown changes heads with swift regularity (ask me tomorrow and I could say Kanye West or Lil Wayne based on whatever new leak was liberated). But on Monday, May 23 — the day Ross and his Maybach Music Group drop the compilation album Self Made, Vol. 1 — the Miami behemoth is king, thanks to an unrelenting onslaught of crisp, expertly edited lifestyle videos and less-engrossing-but-still-entertaining low-budget music videos.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2012
Caddy Da Don "Cut the Check" mixtape ( download it free here ) Monarch Entertainment Group Rating: *** (out of 4) Note: Videos linked in this review contain explicit language and imagery. When Baltimore rapper Caddy Da Don , born David Rice, was released from prison in 2009 after serving a 2 1/2-year sentence for money laundering, he didn't waste time re-establishing himself as one of the city's most promising MCs. Last year, his club-banger "Grindin' on Me" found a regular home on radio station 92Q. Now, a year later, he's releasing his anticipated new mixtape, "Cut the Check," hosted by Maybach Music Group's DJ Scream.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2012
The Ravens have spiced up training camp by blaring music during certain team drills across the outside practice fields at the Under Armour Performance Center. The team has mostly played modern and classic rock, including songs by the White Stripes and AC/DC. And Tuesday, the Ravens played "Renegade" by Styx, which the Pittsburgh Steelers play regularly at Heinz Field. "We love that song. It's one of our favorite songs," Harbaugh said, presumably tongue-in-cheek. Harbaugh, who said the team "got tired of the white noise, I guess," said that everybody is allowed to make suggestions.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2012
The Boss is playing DC this Spring, so is the Bawse. On Tuesday, Rick Ross announced he'll play DAR Constitution Hall February 23. Ross is promoting new album "God Forgives...I Don't," which was described in the show's press release as "his highly predictable upcoming fifth solo album. " Their words...not mine. Ticket information is not yet available. Ross was last in the region last March, when he performed at 1st Mariner Arena onLil Wayne's American tour. Pitting fans of Jon Ehrens against Ross', White Life will be at the Ottobar that same night with DDM and Dope Body.
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By Wesley Case | June 6, 2011
The best part of a Song of the Summer candidate is just how low the stakes can be. French Montana, a B or C-list New York rapper whose best work can be found on free mixtapes, is an MC with a mush-mouth delivery and an unremarkable persona. Yet here he is, quietly releasing one of the best songs of the year — “Choppa Choppa Down (Remix)” — and watching it finally pick up the momentum it deserves. French can thank his more famous friends for the boost, as Rick Ross (whose Maybach Music Group could be French’s next home)
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2011
Superstar rapper Lil Wayne and his protégé Nicki Minaj headline a star-studded lineup for the "I Am Music II" tour, which will come to Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena March 20, according to concert promoter Live Nation. The pair will be joined by Miami-based rapper Rick Ross and Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. The tour, which will be Wayne's first tour since his prison release nearly three months ago, kicks off March 18 in Buffalo, N.Y., and ends May 1 in East Rutherford, N.J. The "I Am Music II" tour is also scheduled to stop at the Verizon Center in Washington on April 3. Wayne, a New Orleans native, has become a fan- and critic-favorite with his unique voice, witty lyrics and catchy beats.
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By Wesley Case | May 17, 2011
In January, Drake facetiously told Tim Westwood that he heard “some other guys” — Kanye West and Jay-Z — were doing a joint album. He even inferred the titans jacked the idea from him and Lil Wayne. It’s a funny shot (collaboration albums are nothing new to any genre) but it spoke volumes to Drake’s view-point: the young guns run the game and it’s time for the old (Jay) and slightly less old (Kanye) to fall back a bit. In case Jay and Kanye missed the message, Drake spells it out on “I’m On One.” The DJ Khaled-single also features Rick Ross and Wayne, but it's entirely Drake’s moment.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2012
When the biggest rap tour of the season stops by 1st Mariner Arena on Saturday, opening act Machine Gun Kelly will provide a stark contrast to the flashy, dipped-in-gold Maybach Music Group trio of Wale, Meek Mill and headliner Rick Ross. While the MMG clique presents a cool, almost icy demeanor in its songs, the 22-year-old Cleveland rapper, born Richard Colson Baker, takes the opposite approach, fearlessly spitting double-time flows in the face of the audience. When his rapid-fire delivery fails to spark the crowd, MGK keeps a battering ram of a single in his back pocket.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2012
The Ravens have spiced up training camp by blaring music during certain team drills across the outside practice fields at the Under Armour Performance Center. The team has mostly played modern and classic rock, including songs by the White Stripes and AC/DC. And Tuesday, the Ravens played "Renegade" by Styx, which the Pittsburgh Steelers play regularly at Heinz Field. "We love that song. It's one of our favorite songs," Harbaugh said, presumably tongue-in-cheek. Harbaugh, who said the team "got tired of the white noise, I guess," said that everybody is allowed to make suggestions.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2012
Judging by this week's nightlife offerings, Thursday has the most talent. If you missed out on Guns N' Roses tickets (sorry Axl enthusiasts, if you lost out on tickets), there's Rick Ross, Islands and White Life to choose from. But there are plenty of options during the other six days, so let's get on to the most notable events: On Monday, frat-friendly Connecticut rapper Chris Webby performs at the Ottobar ( $18 ). Just outside of the city, the young Australian pop heart-throb Cody Simpson plays Fillmore Silver Spring ( $22.50 )
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2012
The Boss is playing DC this Spring, so is the Bawse. On Tuesday, Rick Ross announced he'll play DAR Constitution Hall February 23. Ross is promoting new album "God Forgives...I Don't," which was described in the show's press release as "his highly predictable upcoming fifth solo album. " Their words...not mine. Ticket information is not yet available. Ross was last in the region last March, when he performed at 1st Mariner Arena onLil Wayne's American tour. Pitting fans of Jon Ehrens against Ross', White Life will be at the Ottobar that same night with DDM and Dope Body.
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By Wesley Case | November 29, 2011
Mac Miller isn't the only person in hip-hop making money on his own. Here are five other acts that created their buzz without a major label's help. 1 The Weeknd Abel Tresfaye, aka the Weeknd, is Toronto's enigmatic R&B crooner-on-a-bender whose two free albums from this year, "House of Balloons" and "Thursday," will end up on many best-of-the-year lists. Labels are desperate to sign him, but he's doing just fine thanks to haunting songs and a public friendship with Drake.
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By Wesley Case | November 7, 2011
If Drake's brand of hyper-detailed rap-meets-loverboy-R&B turns you cold, it's time to step away from the Internet for the rest of the month. Late last night - hours after Drake hosted a two-hour radio stint on his hometown's Flow 93.5 and premiered his collaboration with the Weeknd, "Crew Love" - "Take Care" leaked, almost in its entirety. (We still don't have the closer "The Ride" or all of the bonus tracks.) But it's safe to start dissecting the record as a whole, or at least as a substantial preview to the retail version.
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By Wesley Case | September 14, 2011
Lately, Baltimore has been booking more hip-hop shows (The Throne will be watched Oct. Nov. 1, while J. Cole, Yelawolf and Young Money's Tyga will all be here in the fall, too), a welcome trend for a city so close to bigger markets Philadelphia and Washington. This weekend is particularly stacked: Lupe Fiasco's "Generation Laser" Tour (with D.C.'s Wale) hits Merriweather Post Pavilion Friday and the legendary Mobb Deep plays the new Baltimore Soundstage Sunday. All three acts are stopping by at interesting points in their careers.
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By [Nielsen Media Research, Pollstar, Exhibitor Relations Co. and Billboard magazine] | March 27, 2008
TELEVISION 1.American Idol (Tuesday), Fox 2.American Idol (Wednesday), Fox 3.Dancing with the Stars (Monday), ABC 4.Dancing with the Stars (Tuesday), ABC 5.Two and a Half Men, CBS FILMS 1. Horton Hears a Who!, Fox 2.Meet the Browns, Lionsgate 3.Shutter, Fox 4.Drillbit Taylor, Paramount 5.10,000 B.C., Warner Bros. SINGLES 1.Love in This Club, Usher featuring Young Jeezy 2.With You, Chris Brown 3.Low, Flo Rida featuring T-Pain 4.Love Song, Sara Bareilles 5.Don't Stop the Music, Rihanna ALBUMS 1.Trilla, Rick Ross 2.NOW 27, Various artists 3.Ego Trippin', Snoop Dogg 4.Sleep Through the Static, Jack Johnson 5.Good Time, Alan Jackson DVDS (SALES)
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February 12, 2007
Lt. Col. Marvin T. Ross, a retired Air Force pilot and a project manager for almost 20 years at Westinghouse Aerospace division in Baltimore, died of a heart attack Feb. 3 at a medical center in Florida. He was 86. Colonel Ross was born in Spring Hill, Kan. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1943 and became a B-24 bomber pilot assigned to the 15th Air Force in Italy. He flew more than 50 bombing missions during World War II, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and four Air Medals. He remained in the Air Force after the war, serving as a pilot in the Korean conflict, followed by other foreign assignments and duty at the Pentagon.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2011
This week the Smashing Pumpkins, Wale, Natalie Cole, Bryan Adams, Anthrax, and even Pauly Shore announced upcoming regional concerts. Wale, who's touring with new album "Ambition," has two area shows coming up: first, he'll open for Lupe Fiasco at Merriweather Post Pavilion on September 16. Tickets for that show, starting at $36, are already on sale. Then, he'll perform at Morgan State University on October 6 during the school's homecoming week. Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, Meek Mill, Big Sean, Savoy, Miami Horror, Kendrick Lamar, Dom Kennedy will appear with Wale on some dates of the tour, though the press release did not say which ones.
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By Jordan Bartel, b | August 30, 2011
The summer-song season is winding down, so we asked staff: What has been your favorite song of the summer? •••• Priscilla Ahn's version of “Vibe So Hot.” Remember that first spark of summer love? It felt like this, didn't it?  Luke Broadwater, managing editor, b •••• “Last Friday Night” is the catchiest, but I have to pass over Katy Perry's ode to binge drinking and pick “Rolling in the Deep” (Adele) and “Pumped Up Kicks” (Foster the People)
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