Rick Ross Announces “Artists First” partnership with Dina Marto & talent search in Atlanta

by Raheem Karim
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Maybach Music Group boss Rick Ross traveled to Atlanta to announce a new partnership with Twelve Music Group founder Dina Marto. The “Movin’ Bass” rapper and the former Island Def Jam executive have joined forces to launch the new platform Artists First.

Ross and Marto will work together to discover and develop aspiring writers, producers, and performers through Artists First. They will also host a talent search to find the next member of the MMG roster as well. MMG will be opening an office in Atlanta at Marto’s Twelve Studios.

Hit singles such as Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” and Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” were produced at Twelve Studios which opened in 2012.

“This is the new home for Maybach Music,” reveals Marto. “Their artists will be recording here. Executives will have offices here, so they can get work done while they’re in the city of Atlanta.”

Marto previously worked with L.A. Reid and Shakir Stewart as an A&R coordinator at Island Def Jam. The Oglethorpe University graduate also helped develop the careers of Ross and Young Jeezy, and she has worked on projects by Nas, LL Cool J, and Janet Jackson.

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