Rick Ross recently worked with Hip Hop mainstays Jay-Z and Dr. Dre for his new album God Forgives, I Don’t, but he considers another rapper as the best to ever do it. During an interview with Fuse, he named The Notorious B.I.G. as “the greatest emcee of all time,” saying that he is his greatest inspiration.
“I was inspired by Notorious B.I.G. a lot,” he said. “Just his demeanor, the way he carried himself. He was just so laidback, he was just so authentic, not to mention he was the greatest emcee of all time.”
He also spoke on how his collaboration with Andre 3000, “Sixteen,” came about. He says that he picked an instrumental that had a “vintage Outkast” feel and conceptualized the song with Three Stacks over Skype.
“I reached out to Andre 3000. He was actually overseas in Ireland filming Jimi Hendrix’s life story. We did a lot of Skypeing. He’s just a real super cool dude, really down to earth. When I picked the track for the record, I just wanted it to be vintage Outkast music,” he said. “I feel we got it, and that’s the way he felt. So we just broke all the rules when he came on that record. That’s him playing the banjo, that’s him doing the background adlibs, vocals, the singing… Just the whole nine yards. It was most definitely the most unique record I ever recorded.”