Date: January 3
In 2009, Pill was one of the most-buzzed about rappers, thanks to his mixtape song "Trap Goin' Ham," which earned praise from none other than fellow Atlanta lyricist Andre 3000. Magazine columns and covers, feature placements, and a record deal with Warner Bros. Records soon followed. But people really started talking once Rick Ross' Maybach Music imprint teamed up with Warner, and Pill linked with Ross in February 2011.
Pill, Meek Mill, Wale, and Ross, as Maybach Music Group, recorded music together, toured together, shot music videos and album artwork together, and went on a press run for their album, Self Made, Vol. 1 together. "Pacman," which featured Pill and Ross, was the second single off the album. And all seemed right in the world, until Pill was noticeably missing from the MMG performance at the BET Hip-Hop Awards in October 2011. Pill's response on Twitter: "Don't ask me, ask them. Str8 up."
Rumors were that while upstarts like Meek Mill and Wale were putting in their own work and paying their own way to events, Pill sought a different path. By the end of 2011, it was very obvious that Pill had written his own exit from the group and label...until mere days into the new year, Pill denied that he was ever a part of the group or label! Perhaps Pill was just taking a page from the Rick Ross playbook and denying that the past ever happened.