Rick Ross Details Pre-Fame Friendship With Kanye West

Rick Ross also says Kanye West asked him if he could executive produce the Florida-based rapper's album when they met before their notoriety.

During a recent interview, Rick Ross talked about meeting and befriending Kanye West before both artists earned fame.

"Me and Kanye, we actually met in [a studio]," Ross says in an interview with Juan Epstein of his initial encounter with Kanye West before the two became famous. "He actually was making beats for — I don't want to say they name...But I just remember the beats were hella cheap. I wish I bought all that shit. It was so much of it. I'ma be honest. I would have bought all of his beats. We was in the studio. He was playing beats. Somebody was buying beats. I began writing for somebody that was buying beats from him. I was writing for this person that began just buying beats from Kanye." 

Ross says Kanye West was likely earning approximately $5,000 for a beat at that time.

While Ross was reportedly ghostwriting for a different rapper, West and Ross honed a friendship that week.

"We was kickin' it," Ross says. "I was spittin' my raps that no one liked locally. He was playing me his beats. He was like, 'Man, you should let me executive produce your album.' I was like, 'You trippin'' because we just meetin'. But I rapped non-stop. We just began bouncing from room to room. This went on for maybe a week. Ludacris came and did a collaboration with Trina on one of the beats that [West] did. It was a single. I went to the video shoot with him. We in the video, but you're not gonna even see us...You can't even fuckin' blink."

The single Ross is describing is likely 2002's 'B R Right' from Trina featuring Ludacris. The song was featured on Trina's Diamond Princess album.

Rick Ross Says He's Always Respected Kanye West's "Genius"

Ross says that his encounter with West made him request several beats from the rapper-producer soon after. As the two were ready to begin working together, West was involved in a car accident, which he later detailed on his song and video for "Through the Wire" off 2004's The College Dropout.

"The week before he got in his accident, we made plans for that following week for him to make beats for me, for us to get together," Ross says. 

West's accident changed those plans, according to Ross. The two eventually followed different paths to stardom. Still, Ross says he considers West a friend. He also added that he has respect for West because of their initial encounter.

"I always respected his genius," Ross says. "When a lot of people didn't see it...I sat with him for 4 or 5 hours writing and talking about ideas and he said it right then. 'I want to executive produce your album.'" 

Ross and West have collaborated, notably on "Devil in a New Dress" and "Monster," a track that also features Jay Z, Bon Iver and Nicki Minaj. Ross and West also appear on Pusha T's new album, My Name is My Name, collaborating on "Hold On."

A video of Ross' interview with Juan Epstein can be viewed below.

RELATED: Kanye West f. Rick Ross, Jay-Z & Nicki Minaj "Monster [Official Version]"

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40 Comments

  • COCA

    RICKY ROZAY DISCOVERED THE REAL KANYE

  • Anonymous

    Do you think they ever you know, GAYED OFF in the studio?

  • Orion

    On "Devil in a new dress" Ross even says "Having cyphers with Yeezy before his mouth wired. Before his mouth shattered climbing up the Lord's latter."

  • Anonymous

    "not really. the sales dont add up" And yet he is still considered one of the best rappers in the game, all while not having to go platinum. That's more impressive than having a diamond album.

    • Anonymous

      Whites make up the largest portion of Ross' fans he got rich selling drug dealer fairy tales to suburban white kids Jay and Nas will work with anyone for a right price

    • Anonymous

      Ross has his four number 1 albums and he has his four Gold selling albums but I'm sure that he's most proud of the fact that he's been on the HipHop Forbes list making over 5 million dollars a year without ever having to go platinum. Rakim is considered he greatest but he never got a solo platinum plaque but Vanilla Ice is considered the worst and he has a Diamond plaque......that's what sales are about. Yeah Ross is considered one of the best at what he does by his peers which is why the greats like JayZ & Nas always collab with him and make music with him, artists like Kanye, T.I., Wayne, Nicki, Drake, gotta have that Ross verse on their album. I don't know how he can survive though in this climate of white Hipster-Hop.

    • Anonymous

      everyone who is considered one of the best went plat, thats one of the prerequisite requirements to be a contender!

    • Anonymous

      No one really considers him one of the best. Hes popular but he wont hot 5 years from now

    • Anonymous

      "And yet he is still considered one of the best rappers in the game" No, he's not. Only his delusional stans think that.

  • Anonymous

    Ross never would have been accepted when he came in the game if people would have known about his past. No one would have even let him ghost write for them

    • Anonymous

      what life? the punching bag life? Gunplays bout that life! I saw pictures of him knocked out cold at his own fucking show in tampa a month ago!

    • COCA

      I CAN TELL YOU AIN'T BOUT THAT LIFE

    • Anonymous

      Gunplay? LOL that junkie punching bag who has never had a win in his life? Yeah i wish i was in a crew with him. LOL

    • Anonymous

      Everybody in Florida already knew you big idiot, he grew up in Carol City, nobody cares about your teen employment history especially when you got dudes like P-Nut and Gunplay in your crew.

  • Anonymous

    Way back when Kanye still made his own beats

  • 00000000

    styles p the ghost. leborn james likes powder in games with jay z standing side lines

  • detroit niggroe

    How the fuck was that weak ass nigga getting 5k for his garbage ass beats? You rap niggas must be retarded to pay that. He always got those flat, weak ass drums on his shit. Fuck this nigga.

  • sxxx9

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oAeoOcpUS4

  • sxxx9

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeBaEaQTjPA

  • sxxx9

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkTPgrs2bsE

  • dashing

    I don't even like Rick Ross that much, but god damn I'm getting sick of hearing the same comments on every post. These dudes work harder than his fans to hit up his posts. Like, every single post that's about Ross there's a majority of posts like "CO" It's just getting old.... Anyway, I wonder if Ye would exec produce a Ross album now. What Ross really needs is to make a dope hip hop album. He needs to make an undeniable classic album. He got the ear for the beats, he got the voice, and he got the flow. He just needs to step up his damn bars. And vary up the production a bit.

    • Anonymous

      dude we get it, you love Ross but you're not changing anyones minds with your racist rants

    • Anonymous

      There is nothing more insulting to us whites than a Black dude who worked at an Intake facility as a Corrections officer for a year when he was 19 years old. I don't mind the rappers who have charged with rapes, robberies, murders, and shootings but I do mind the ones that babysat criminals in a minimum security facility in Florida. Some rappers have admitted selling drugs to pregnant women and one have admitted to shooting their blood relatives over stolen jewellry but I don't mind those things I only mind that the Fat Fuck Rick Ross can't prove to me and the DEA that he sold drugs. If the fat fuck was smart he'd show all of us (drug agents included) himself selling drugs do we could go online and say he's a real nigga

    • Anonymous

      when you posted this comment there was no mention of anything about him being a C.O. one person said fake but thats the truth

    • dashing

      Look closer. And then look at the next post that came after this one about Ross. It's as predictable as the sun coming out.

    • Anonymous

      I dont see one C.O. comment

  • Anonymous

    We know ross used to fuck with Erik Sermon (no homo) so could he have been ghost writing for him?

  • Anonymous

    see ross was always a fake nigga. even before the fame he was hanging with homsexuals not gangsters!!!

  • dentaldamboy

    Ross was smart to leave Kayne West or else his music would have sounded gay. Instead, he rose up to the elite and ran rap.

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