Rick Ross Calls The Notorious B.I.G. "The Greatest Emcee Of All Time"

Rick Ross also talks about how his collaboration with Andre 3000, "Sixteen," came about.

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.”

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131 Comments

  • Anonymous

    as if white is a bad thing. as if whites didnt invent your computer, phone, tv, ipod, house, car and every other item u use. Also invented Modern medicine, Hospitalization, police force, Firefighters, Space travel, and everything else your mind can think of. YOU are a jackass! ^ Blacks invented air conditioning, spark plug, traffic light, cellular phone, portable x-ray machine, performed the first open heart surgery, trolley car, gas mask, train air brakes, steam boiler, radiator, kitchen table, corn harvester, bicycle frame, motor, fire escape ladder, pencil sharpener, supercharger combustion, ship propeller, hair brush, security system, helicopter, horseshoe, drop mailbox, accurate weather forecasting, world's fastest computer, guitar, ironing board, toilet, any many more. I'm pretty sure you use and see most of these things everyday. Don't go away mad, just go away. And this is the part that although this is a music website, I look at you brothers and sisters and say these are the things we created for society and yet have no control or knowledge of how to, while they take this, manufacture it, and make millions off of it and say it was all them, we were just slaves. Stop always wanting to be the next rapper there are plenty of other things to do.

    • SCHWARZ

      TRUTH & FACTS WHITEBOY SAID THEY INVENTED THE HOUSE WHEN PYRAMIDS OUTDATE THEM ROFLMAO COSIGN ON A ZILLION 4 DAT COMMENT ABOVE

  • Anonymous

    Tupac is the greatest and realest rapper up to today. Nobody has taken that crown yet. Biggie is at best, just top 20 of all-time in New York City.

  • Anonymous

    "did pac rapped over the who shot ya beat" Flip side of that coin. Did Biggie ever rap over the Hit em Up beat?

    • Dorris

      silly rabbit, 2 pac took the "get money" beat (originally belonged to dennis edwards) and used it for "hit em up". you just like fred's son lamont......lol

  • Anonymous

    "jay has no diamond album" Somehow I think he'll survive.

  • Anonymous

    Junior Mafia sold more than both of the Self Mades" Because of Biggie.

  • SDK

    WTF?? BIGGIE SMALLS IS ILLEST TOP 3

  • BJ-Mighty

    Rick Ross is a fucking coward. I listened to his GFID album today, track by track, lyrics by lyrics and he has a lyrical reference to 2Pac in every song. Either biting Pac's line or song title or just comparing himself to 2Pac. He only made reference to Biggie in 2 tracks and that was after he must have refer to Pac first. I hate cowards. You don't have to betray ur feelings just to "heavy" ur relationship with Diddy. That shit fucked up. One more bitch ass move from Rick Ross then i'll delete his discography from my playlist.

  • t

    yo lets see a rick ross freestyle

  • realtalk

    lol @ the only arguement people have of ross not being a good rapper is he hasnt gone platinum.

  • tumi

    whenever a rapper talks about his favourite rapper, everyone talks about his list. with regards to biggie/tupac catalogue stories: tupac lived in the studio while biggie was married and had 2 kids. enough said.

  • Anonymous

    man it is obvious you were inspired by freeway ricky ross not biggie

  • Anonymous

    fuck it Biggie is the best. Who had bars like: Cash Rule Everything Around Me Shit, lyrically, niggaz can't see me Fuck it, buy the coke Cook the coke, cut it Know the bitch 'fore you caught yourself lovin' it Nigga with a Benz fuckin it

  • Anonymous

    ROSS IS JUST A RAPPER HE NOT A mc JUST A GOOD RAPPER

  • rebel music

    some people still got caught up with that how many did you sell...MC HAmmer and Vanilla Ice sold alot records world wide now go and support that fags.

  • Anonymous

    "When I picked the track for the record, I just wanted it to be vintage Outkast music, I feel we got it, and thats the way he felt." That is what sets him apart from most other rappers, he just knows how to execute a song.

    • Anonymous

      thats smoke and mirrors its andre song featuring ross simple as that its not that serious like you make it to be

  • YESSIR

    BEST/SEXIEST RAPPERS OF ALL-TIME: 1. LIL WAYNE 2. RICK ROSS 3. 2 CHAINZ 4. FUTURE 5. JUSTIN BIEBER 6. SOULJA BOY 7. LIL B 8. GUCCI MANE 9. EAZY-E 10. HOPSIN WORST RAPPERS: 1. EMINEM 2. TUPAC 3. JAY-Z 4. NAS 5. BIGGIE 6. RAKIM 7. KANYE WEST 8. COMMON 9. SNOOP BITCH 10. J. COLE

  • Heat357

    biggie was weak pac em jay meth red nas big

  • T

    He's only saying that because their both big....he has some motive.

  • Anonymous

    ross has paved his way in the rap game you know your doin something right when people start hating on you and you still keep putting up good numbers and drop number one albums and he keeps getting better with every album i dont think anyone can deny that and he has done something big or pac hasent done and thats take his own label to the top of the game mmg is the biggest label in the game right now and he has also already made more money than big or pac made when they were alive and that is just facts!

    • donnie mac

      only discrediting I see here is from you...they are both fans of Ross who are talking sales...one is a perspective from the hype...the other is a perspective of a listener...you do not have to be a hater or a stan to talk about the history of artists and their music or sales....but you do need to know some history...

    • Anonymous

      That's what people always say to discredit a rapper they don't like, but are the first to quote sales to big up their own favorite.

    • Anonymous

      dumbass who cares about sales?

    • SMFH

      The OP is a Ross groupie with his dick in his mouth. His music sucks ass and has not progressed one bit. Every album/mixtape/song sounds the same. He ain't doing shit.

    • Anonymous

      Calm down shawty, I listen to Ross too and I know all the music MMG has put out doesn't equal Drake's last album sales, Junior Mafia sold more than both of the Self Mades and have gold and platinum singles, Ross hasn't sold more than Pac solo career to solo career, and don't know if he made more money than 2 dead rap n_ggas because I don't watch the next man's pockets.

  • Phat Boi Slim

    yo he praisin biggie now, but back when that nigga was still alive Officer Ricky prolly the cop who responded to the 911 call that got big arrested on Juicy: "to all the people that lived above the buildings that I was hustlin' in front of that called the police on me when I was just tryin' to make some money to feed my daughters" - THAT POLICE WAS RICK ROSS

  • Anonymous

    can't believe niggas placing Jay n Nas over Biggie n Pac....whatever it is 1) Pac 2) Biggie 3) Eminem.....Fuck The REST

  • Anonymous

    Biggie might of had the nicest flow of all time hands down. NOBODY could fuck with his timing and presence either. He wasn't the best lyricist tho. The CURRENT versions of Nas, Raekwon, Jay-Z, Common, or 3 Stacks (just to name a few who started from that era) would break Biggie down lyrically. But that's only because he didn't have much time to progress and mature as a lyricist. Same thing goes for success and accomplishment as an artist. He just wasn't here long enough to compete with the resume's of Jay-Z, Nas, or even somebody like Kanye. He still managed to become ONE of the best in his short time with us. Just not THE best. In my HUMBLE opinion: 1)Jay-Z 2)Nas 3)Kanye West 4)Eminem 5)Wu-Tang Clan (I fucks with too many of em to list them all individually but the most consistent are Ghost, Rae, and Meth) 6)Common 7)Outkast 8)2pac 9)Biggie 10)Lil' Wayne (Between 04' and 08'. Carter 1 & 2, Dedication 1 & 2, and Drought 3 Weezy made a HUGE impact on Hip-Hop. This niggas dead to me now lol.)

    • ^^^^

      Ummm... have u been living under a rock fuck boy? Its OBVIOUS who has been running this rap shit for the better part of the last two decades. Just because you we're too lame to vibe with it doesn't mean it didn't happen.

    • Anonymous

      u sir a dumb nigger biggie and pac alone beat that whole shitty list of urs. You think camel really is on top. What you smoking nigger

  • newyork

    LETS KEEP IT REAL, BIGGIE MOMMA PUT HIM ON BLAST , HE NEVER WAS NO DRUG LORD..HE NEVER EVEN HAD A CAR UNTIL THE RECORD DEAL AND THATS A FACT, SOMEONE SAID BIGGIE ALBUM WENT DIAMOND LOL AFTER HE DIED 2PAC SOLD OVER 100MILLION RECORDS ONLY 1 UP THERE IS THE WHITE BOY EMENNE.... ROSS HAS AND GOT WAYYYYY MORE SONGS ON THE BILLBOARD CHARTS THAN BIGGIE EVER HAD AND THATS A FACT GO TO BILLBOARD.COM AND RESEARCH IT UNDER HIPHOP SINGLES... I LOVE BIGGIE BUT PEOPLE ARE TOO BIASED.. IF HE DIDNT DIE I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT HE WOULD NOT BE TALKED ABOUT... 2PAC WAS ANOTHER WORLD WHEN BIGGIE WAS ALIVE, WHEN PAC GOT OUT OF JAIL NOBODY THOUGHT OF BIGGIE..... ONLY SONGS BIGGIE EVER HAD ON THE CHARTS WAS ONE MORE CHANCE, JUCIY, AND MO MONEY MORE PROBLEMS..GO GOOGLE THAT

  • Kingpin

    Niggas is crazy sayin biggie overrated when he got one of tha only albums in hip-hop history 2 go diamond in tha us...I love Pac's music 2 but Big's a fuckin legend

  • Anonymous

    Meaning Officer Ricky would have given Biggie an extra 30 mins in the prison rec room.

  • Maj

    BIG was & is the king of flow, no one can flow better than him, he could make the simplest of bars sound slick, its a skill no one else has ever possessed, hov probably being the closest. In terms overall, most will say pac cos he had more material for us to work with when making that decision, but i prefer BIG, he was a rapper, pac was an activist with crazy lyrical content

  • Anonymous

    biggie has the best material just not enough wish this fat fuckin co would die allready

  • R.O.D.

    2pac the Best if anything Biggie a far second.....Pac had a catalog of joints lyrically that couldn't be matched...Gotta disagree with Rozay on this one

  • Anonymous

    fake ass motherfucker

  • truth

    Biggie is good but overrated because of his death and dont even act like its not true.

  • Anonymous

    "lol better stories and beats???" Did I stutter motherfucker? California Love trumps Juicy any day, especially the remix. Hit Em Up... How Long Will They Mourn Me... God Bless The Dead... Trapped, if you wanna go back towards the beginning. 2 Of America's Most Wanted... Hail Mary... That's not even taking into consideration his songs on Still I Rise, and Bomb First off the Makaveli album. Class dismissed.

    • Anonymous

      2pac had the best beat selection, it doesnt mean if you dont like west coast beats that he has a bad beat selection

    • Anonymous

      you just a biggie hater. did pac rapped over the who shot ya beat? No!!! thats what i call a beat. pac choice in beats was a worse as nas

  • Anonymous

    "There will never be another Biggie. Imitated but never duplicated. Ross isn't even close" He's closer than you think. If he can crank out another two albums in 2013, this dude is on his way. Biggie had people talkin for a minute, but all that bullshit with Pac took away from his music.

    • ^

      You're talking about the wrong rapper cause Ross is far from creative.

    • tommy

      Sounds the same, how you work that out, do you even listen to Ross songs? yh he makes trap songs, but on his album you get creative shit that other rappers ain't do, every song sounds the same LOL. Obv a idiot.

    • LOL AT YOU!

      You my friend smoke too much pot, Ross isn't even near fucking Biggie's status, let alone his lyricism. He got exposed, is still hot because of his beats and promotion. And not only that he will be known to the real heads as "officer ricky." CASE CLOSED!

    • Anonymous

      everything ross puts out sounds the same and has says nothing, its all garbage and has zero replay value

  • Josh

    notice this fat phony face when he say's B.I.G was the greatest of all time... he ain't mean that shit. Yo real talk I can't hate on him for getting his bread, but this fool is the reason why I gave up on hip hop about 7 years ago. And I'm only 21. Watch how much more sad and fake hip hop gets in the next 5 years. SMH.

    • Josh

      HUGE fuckin difference bitch. You must be one of that fake ass niggas fans huh. I wish you lived in asheville, nc. If you did I would find you and beat yo dumb ass. FAGGOT.

    • Anonymous

      7 years ago was 2005. Ross first single Hustlin didnt come out until 2006. Shut up

  • BlazeDatIshUp

    I don't give a fuck about what officer ricky says... A fake rapper talking about who is or isn't the greatest mc is just plain stupid. This fat fuck fully jacked the name and former life of a notorious drug trafficker and we are supposed to care about anything he says.

  • brooklyn

    im sorry but I love 2pac 100millions records sold you cant put biggie name next to 2pac. biggie was a liar like rick ross, they both just make great music

    • Anonymous

      dumasses do you really think that you moms would say on tv oh great my son was a drugdealer. offcourse biggies mom denied that.

    • The F

      Well im a Pac's fan, but i like BIGGIE too, he was/is great, still blasting his music now and then. Everybody hide the ugly truth from their parents, doubt that you would go to your mom openly and say "hey, i sell drugs".. youd keep it way from her right?? Big mightve been doin the same, besides as the guy above me said, every rapper exasperates their everyday life to make it sound better, thats a human factor, we all exaggerate stuff sometimes.. Pac for me is above BIG on TOP5 DOA for sure, but they both r legends

    • RJ

      If your mom knows everything about any illegal operation you're involved in then its fair to say you're doing it wrong or setting yourself up for heartache. What I'm trying to say is Ms Wallace doesnt know all of what BIG was involved in and couldnt know. Big could have and probably did exaggerate parts of his live EVERY rapper has but using his mom as some sort of witness is pointless

    • Ricky Rozay

      @the nigga above me responding sayin its a joke. Biggies moms is on record sayin Biggie fabricated parts of his lifestyle. I dont doubt Big dabbled in sellin crack but Big was makin it out like he was a street runner when in reality his own moms admits alot of his verses were fiction. I love Biggies music and think he def top 5 DOA but the fact remains his own moms put his lyrics on blast. Bawse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • new york

    come on son, biggie only had 2albums, you cant even compare biggie to 2pac, pac sold way more and put out way more albums.... no comparisons..pac was doing movies at 19years old they were on 2 different levels ... I hate when ppl say that.. biggie dont even have as many hits ass rick ross and thats the truth... ross got 9 singles on the billboard.com and you can go in check that.. I love biggie but to be honest we over praise him,,, if you say Jay z then its understandable

  • Ricky Rozay

    Big fan of B.I.G, yall niggas like it or not Ross is this generations Biggie. Bawse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ETK

      @3rd anon: Biggie never had TIME to have haters like Ross does! he died two fucking albums in, nigga. anyone who thinks Biggie would be still ill and lyrical were he alive today, is a deluded nostalgic bum.

    • Biggie Smalls

      Yo I was never a cop. In fact I was pretty damn close to killing one before I signed to Bad Boy records and blew up. Not to mention I don't steal druglords identity's down to the fuckin image itself.

    • Anonymous

      biggie never had haters like ross does

    • Anonymous

      There will never be another Biggie. Imitated but never duplicated. Ross isn't even close. The only thing thing they have in common is that they're fat black rappers, nothing else.

    • Anonymous

      uhm no way on earth

  • Anonymous

    who the fuk cares this shouldnt even be news one mans opinion he aint nobody special

  • Anonymous

    2pac told better stories, and had better beats. If Biggie would have lived, he might have overtaken Pac in popularity at some point, but he would have had to branch out and experiment more with his music.

  • Anonymous

    "He was just so laidback" Well when you're 400 pounds it doesn't pay to be high strung.

  • Mr Obvious

    He did copy Biggies guide to success to. Rap about imaginary lifestyles until youre rich.

  • wur77

    Biggie; - had the flow - had the lyrics - had the wit - had the stories - could do hardcore, pop, underground etc. Biggie took this shit to another level. He dominated in his era.

  • Anonymous

    First time Ross aint lying. Big indeed the best mc

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  • Anonymous

    ROSS>>>> BIGGIE WHERE WEIGHT IS CONCERNED

  • Anonymous

    I don't know why but i never believe anything this guy says

  • joe

    finally he said something that makes sense

  • Anonymous

    "I was inspired..." "He was so authentic" LMAO

  • The Ice Cold Phenom

    Nah Biggie is somewhere around 8 or 9 on the list. He just doesn't have enough material to warrant top 5 considerations.

    • Anonymous

      Rakim influenced Nas, so he has to better? Melle Mel probably influenced every rapper we here today, so I guess he is the GOAT?

    • Anonymous

      naw he in the top 5. Its not about the small material of music but the impact and influence. He brought the title back to the East Coast. Are there rappers better after him. Yes but they were influence by Biggie. For that he has to be higher.

  • chunk Roccc

    Bwhwwaaaa "Biggie is so authentic" Rick Ross will never be authentic Biggie is a king, and would slay Rick Ross on the mic

  • Anonymous

    Rick Ross is more Biggie than Jamal Woolard is....lol

    • Anonymous

      yes for what he did and when he did it. For his era he dominated. You cant really name better emeces than biggie. Biggie took everything to the next level.

  • Anonymous

    Is this really news? Are people going, "Really? Notorious B.I.G. is the greatest emcee?"

    • Anonymous

      ross was cuffin niggas and strip searchin they bums when biggie was in his prime

    • Anonymous

      Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 March 9, 1997) William Leonard Roberts II (born January 28, 1976), They have less than 4yrs apart so u cant say Ross was a kid when biggie was rapping.

    • Anonymous

      yes for what he did and when he did it. For his era he dominated. You cant really name better emeces than biggie. Biggie took everything to the next level. At the end of the day its his opinion. If you ask people who is the greatest their will be different answers. Thats who he thinks is the greatest. I mean he was probably a young man when biggie was alive. Thats like people that are younger saying Kobe or Lebron is better than Michael Air Jordan. Its all opinion.

  • t

    while i like ross he is nowhere near biggie lol

  • Anonymous

    He says that shit about everyone But you can see from the way William carries his act it is based on biggie a bit It's like he wrote down a list and took bits and pieces from different rappers and gangstas and made what we see now

    • Anonymous

      You don't think that any rapper besides the pioneers, did it that way? But since it's Ross it automatically becomes something bad, I know.

  • Anonymous

    "I was inspired by Notorious B.I.G. a lot, he was just so authentic" the irony right here is killing me,

  • Anonymous

    Too bad you'll never be like Biggie.

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