Rick Ross has managed to squeeze into the exclusive handful of artists that dominates rap radio. He's using that power to build a puzzling label roster full of proteges.

Rick Ross has managed to squeeze into the exclusive handful of artists that dominates rap radio. He's using that power to build a puzzling label roster full of proteges.

Ross' Maybach Music Group roster is a head-scratcher partially because the rappers are mostly weak, though Ohio native Stalley and Wale are exceptions. But the lineup is strange moreso because they sound nothing like Ross' burly inflection and his rhyme about topics foreign to his fake gangster universe.

Thankfully, Ross isn't giving a seminar on how to build a rap label Friday at The Mansion. He's rapping, and authoritatively so. (And with Stalley set to appear in Cleveland the next night, maybe he'll drop by, too?)