- When Rozay met Cobizzy: The VA rapper hangs with the Miami superstar in '4 AM' vid.
For anyone who has said that rapper Wale's deal with Maybach Music Group threatens to take him far away from his D.C. roots, the video for the track 4 AM seems to suggest the opposite.
Not only does Wale lend a verse about the city to Virginia rapper Black Cobain's track, but he obviously is behind the Rick Ross and DJ Khaled cameos in the video--and in the clip's last frame, when Ross points to Cobain like he's the Next Big Thing, it's not only an major endorsement for the Alexandria-bred MC, but for the area hip-hop scene as a whole.
Plus, the vid, shot on the streets of New York and inside of the legendary Quad Recording Studios, was done by local production company 1st Impressions. How's that for D.C. love? A few other interesting things about the 4 AM video:
1) Like Bono, Cee-Lo Green, and a host of other well-known musicians, Rick Ross is very rarely seen without a pair of dark shades. In this clip, Ross gives a rare appearance sans eyewear.
3) Some of the video is shot at Manhattan's Quad Recording Studios, where Tupac was robbed and shot--in the building's lobby--in November 1994, while Biggie Smalls and Puff Daddy were recording upstairs. He believed the Bad Boy camp set him up, and the incident famously set off the East Coast/West Coast rap war of the '90s.
4) In a completely bizarro role-reversal, Ricky Rozay is rocking a small, tasteful shark's tooth chain, while Wale sports a gigantic, diamond-encrusted Maybach Music neck piece.
5) Fenty or Fifty? The last line of the track caused controversy: A rant about D.C. ends with, "This where they love you then they hate you/Go and ask Fenty." People outside of D.C., who have no idea who former mayor Adrian A. Fenty is, assumed Wale was saying "Fifty" and was taking a shot at 50 Cent. But now that there is video and we can see Wale's lips moving, there is absolutely no doubt that he's talking about Fenty.
Black Cobain's Young, Gifted and Black mixtape drops June 7, and Maybach Music's Self Made Vol. 1 is out May 24.