Rick Ross Champions J Dilla & Advises Justin Bieber

Rick Ross says Justin Bieber's situation "could be a lot worse," feels the singer will work through his issues.

Over the past few months, pop star Justin Bieber has made headlines for a variety of incidents. The Canadian singer was arrested last month after allegedly drag racing while under the influence and this month, it was reported that both Bieber and his father were “extremely abusive” to a flight attendant on a recent flight.

Despite Bieber’s various run-ins with the law, Miami rapper Rick Ross says things “could be a lot worse” for Bieb. While speaking with the Rickey Smiley Morning Show, Ross was asked if he would invite the pop star to his newly bought 109-room Georgia estate.

“Most definitely. That’s the little homie, man,” Ross said when asked about inviting Bieber to his home. “And I feel like he gon’ work through this little patch…At the end of the day I look at it like, you know, imagine you being 19 with maybe well over a hundred million. It’s a lot of other things you could be doing other than egging houses. You know? It could be a lot worse than that. So, I feel like the homie gon’ work through it.”

Ross serves as one of a number of Hip Hop acts who have voiced their opinion on Bieber in the past few weeks. During an interview with AllHipHop, Wu-Tang Clan spitter Raekwon advised the crooner to “be a little bit more cautious” while Atlanta rapper T.I. stated that Bieber is currently going through a “transitional period.”

In addition to speaking on Bieber, Ross also addressed his upcoming album, Mastermind. While touching on the album, the Maybach Music Group founder was asked about a reference he made to the late J Dilla.

“That was just always one of my dreams in the back of my head, you know? Just hearing his production and his sound, it was just most definitely different,” he said. “So, I mentioned him on one of those type feeling records, you know? And this album most definitely has that balance. You know what I mean? That classic Ricky Rozay.”

Mastermind is currently scheduled for release on March 4 and will include guest appearances from Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, Kanye West, and more.

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140 Comments

  • adrian street

    hopefully they don't sample any of Dilla's shit for this album. a lot of people have been doing this lately and paying fake homage to him while dropping wack music that would make dude turn in his grave. Pharrell and Kanye actually sounded sincere when they talked about dilla. this guy seems like he is saying this so he can use his shit without taking flak. cuz people who dont know it's dilla's shit will give daps to this fake fuck. just like these yout's who don't know half of the lines jay-z stole from biggie, but then he shouts biggie out, so its cool. get outta here! I guarantee he uses some kinda dilla material on this album...

  • Danielle Harling Ain't Shit

    why hhdx editors be using "champions" as a verb nowadays? lol ain't nobody on the streets talking like that

  • Anonymous

    album gonna do the same numbers he's accustomed to because what I read below says soulful, classical melodies musicand that doesn't sound like the music you white teenagers who have "taken over" listen to

    • Anonymous

      naw homie, you ain't see the press down there that's all around the 'net, and it's the same music son been selling the last 3 albums I'm stating "watch the hypocrisy start"

    • Anonymous

      Nah, it's just generic mainstream southern rap/trap music. White teenagers love that shit.

  • Anonymous

    Feelings were caught

  • Anonymous

    No fan of 50 but what the fuck do yall see in this dude. He has an ear for beats oooh he's not making em. And niggas talking he got lyrics nigga please. The only bars Ross got is a couple snickers in his pocket. He got money so do other rappers your point is? Bawse my ass another non rapping ass nigga with hype and wack rhymes. You kids can go on ahead and dig rappers who depend on beats and hooks. Us real heads will fuck with the lyricist.

  • BCcoastin

    rick ross and beiber should not be said in the same sentence as dilla...real talk

  • Anonymous

    "Hes ashamed of it" No. He's mad that some lonely hater took precious minutes out of his life to dig that secret up.

  • Roldho

    up to I looked at the receipt which had said $8573 , I have faith that my brothers friend was like they say truley bringing in money in their spare time from their computer. . there moms best frend started doing this for only about 10 months and as of now cleared the dept on their cottage and got a great new Maserati . over at this website.......http://x.co/3xKKp

  • ********

    why did ross have to lie about his past? why wont he make a song and video about his grind as a CO?

    • Anonymous

      Hes ashamed of it. he's never even been honest about it still. I think he's told about 3 different stories trying to explain why he worked in a prison for 2 years searching buttholes for drugs and lied to his fans when faced with proof.

  • Rick Ross #1 Fan

    Everyone on this website is a white skinned virgin geek who never leaves the basement and knows nothing about the streets except for me. I'm in touch with what the streets are saying and despite me commenting on here all the time I'm the only one who's not a nerdy loser with no friends and I go outside and get laid ALL THE TIME.

    • Anonymous

      It's obvious YOU'RE a white skinned virgin geek who never leaves the basement and knows nothing about the streets. You're not in touch with the streets and you don't get laid at all.

  • Anonymous

    Album number 6, of this one goes to #1 it will be his 5th album to debut at #1.....if you were hateful and wanted t to attempt to minimize that achievement what would you say?

    • Anonymous

      If someone said that, I wouldn't believe them because it's not. Stop believing everything you hear.

    • Anonymous

      If I were to say that be for I self destruct were to go diamond, then you would believe me right?

    • Anonymous

      The album didn't go platinum, you dumbass. The video lied to you. Ross only has four gold albums and no platinum albums. Also, that was a typo. I meant to say promo. Why are you bringing up dicks? Do Ross stans have dicks on their mind constantly?

    • Anonymous

      It did go platinum. If the video lied, it would say his albums are at diamond. He has a platinum and the rest all gold. Also, porno? Do all 50 groupies has porn and dick on their mind.

    • Anonymous

      Port of Miami went platinum. His promo video saod so. Pharrell has no platinum albums as an artist.

    • Anonymous

      POM didn't go platinum. The pormo video lied. Pharrell doesn't need to have a platinum album, he produces platinum albums.

    • Anonymous

      You're obviously an idiot that doesn't know anything. Pharrell produced platinum albums. Where's Ross' platinum album? Oh, wait. It doesn't exist.

    • Anonymous

      Who? What? Once I see a platinum alvum from this pharrell guy, call me.

    • Anonymous

      He's going up against Pharrell that week.

  • The Joker

    Kids are starving all over the world and all they talking about is how justin bieber cant handle hundred millions. Media is a perfect reflection of our society.

  • Chris Etrata

    Didn't rick ross diss j Dilla in a song called donughts? Now that he died, rick ross is praising him like nothing happened.

  • Drake Til Infinity

    Fuck this fake fat piece of shit! The only Donuts Ross has heard is the sound they make when his lard ass is chewing on them. This nigga probably doesn't even know any of Dilla's production credits prior to Fantastic Vol. 2.

  • Anonymous

    STOP USING THE TERM "CHAMPIONS" AS A VERB YOU DUMB FUCKS

  • Anonymous

    Never thought I would see Rick Ross and J Dilla mentioned in the same story. Not as bad as I thought.

    • Anonymous

      Yet it wasn't his song. That last sentence applies more to Rick Ross the most. Pharrell is a producer.

    • Anonymous

      Yes its uoeno (phone corrects words). Rick ross was talked about the most of uoeno. Also, pharrell leaches onto other guys for hits

    • Anonymous

      Pharrell is a multi-genre producer, he's worked with artists in hip-hop, R&B, pop, rock. etc. Many hip-hop heads are cool with him. Pharrell doesn't need a movie to have a hit. Also, there's no song called upend and if you're talking about UOENO, it's not Ross' song. Ross can't even get a hit song for himself and relies on other artists.

    • Anonymous

      "those 8.9 million viewers will witness greatness on that stage" those 8.9 million viewers will be changing the channel or getting up to take a piss. i doubt those numbers are accurate for every weeknight.

    • Anonymous

      Nas was also on MCHG and Swizz Beatz was on LIG. No one was even talking about dicks. Ross' career is not that impressive.

    • Anonymous

      Somebody list the rappers that were on LIG and MCHG, the gay guy talking about dicks wants to know. Ross has had an impressive career, some artists catalog dont have 4 Gold albums or a Grammy Nom, some careers only last for two albums.

    • Anonymous

      He works with pop acts. Real hip-hop heads don't fuck with pharrell. Pharrell needed a kids film to have a hit. Also, upend was a top 20 hit and rick ross helped it.

    • Anonymous

      I wasn't even talking about Pharrell. The guy's a successful producer who produced for a lot of big names. He doesn't need help, dude can shit out a hit. Besides, Ross has to attach himself to more popular artists to get a hit.

    • Anonymous

      Who? Pharrell? He either had to be associated with a film or more popular artist like daft punk just to get a hit.

    • Anonymous

      He was NOT the sole rapper on Jay and Nas' last albums. It doesn't matter if he's on a gold/platinum song/album when it's not even his song. His career's not that impressive, dickrider. There's other rappers who've done better.

    • Anonymous

      Ross is not popular he cant even go platinum yet he was the sole rapper on JayZ and Nas last albums, every year Ross will be on a Gold/Platinum single and every year he will be featured on a Gold/Platinum album. He has had a great career and now he is transitioning into the business realm.

    • Anonymous

      That's not greatness at all, that's pure popularity. Ross doesn't even have a classic album, he's second-tier compared to other rappers.

    • Rozay Raw Dot Com

      Four number one albums, four Gold albums, Grammy nominations, Forbes list, the list goes on... Ricardo Rozay is the only rapper alive that has been on a JayZ album, a Nas album, a LiL Wayne album and a Kanye album. The greats of the game show homage.

    • Anonymous

      What greatness?

    • Anonymous

      Ross will be on Jimmy Fallon tonight, those 8.9 million viewers will witness greatness on that stage.

  • Anonymous

    "Justin Bieber was the belle of the ball Wednesday night as he revealed his boyish body -- to the amusement of a dozen big-time rappers at Diddy's Atlanta blowout. Bieber's new GF, Chantel Jeffries, was in tow at Vanquish nightclub as he went around the room, mugging with Diddy, T.I., Jermaine Dupri, Wale, Rick Ross, Lil Scrappy and Trinidad James. Bieber was a minority of one as he lost his shirt in the crowd but not his bling. "

    • Rozay O'Donnell

      Diddy And Ross should have made him put his clothes back on as it was extremely disrespectful to Ross who isn't in shape and doesn't have any abs.

  • Anonymous

    Ross is controlled by whites and Jews, 50 is his own BOSS and 50 fucks white celebrities and disses white people in his music. Support a Real nigga thats free and not a slave nigga that works for the white man.

    • Anonymous

      they must be using some industrial strength chains on this puppet nicca cause he would break the strings

    • Anonymous

      Exactly a demonic Jewish Kabal of handlers are behind William and all these other label rappers, 50 is a free man and they tried to blackball him because he grudgeFucks their daughters and calls the, craccers in his raps. 50 is free and William is a slave.

    • Anonymous

      Lyor Cohen is Williams puppet master.

  • lastwordmobster

    we make better music than Ross... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhSKx171WGk

  • Anonymous

    Is this album really coming out next week? He's ice cold in these streets. Only reason he's even in the news today is because they were talking about Bieber!

    • Anonymous

      Ross stans always have gay sex on their minds. I always see them on here talking about dicks and ass cracks bragging about william searching bums for drugs in his prison uniform.

    • Anonymous

      why do you have dicks on your mind? dudes talking about riding dicks.... thats pretty friggin suspect ma nigga

    • Anonymous

      We trained the 50 Dickrider to use the word Groupie instead of Stan and now he does it for us automatically.

    • Anonymous

      the irony of the 50 nerd groupie speaking in third person.

    • Anonymous

      Whats wrong? I see it on here all the time. Especially from this one black nerd groupie who they say is like 40 who's always talking about the streets like he ever goes outside or gets off his computer.

    • Anonymous

      The irony of a computer nerd talking about whats hot in da streets.

  • Anonymous

    I hope Mastermind does well and Ross can hook his boy Gunplay up with a Proactiv endorsement. I was just watching an interview with him and I'm trying to figure out how a 34 year old man has worse acne on his face than a geeky white teenager?

    • Anonymous

      I just said i dont have acne anymore. Most teens grow out tof that, just trying to figure out how a 34 year old rapper with money has more zits than the white skinned geeks in my neighborhood.

    • Anonymous

      The 50 groupie nerd has acne zits because he doesnt go outside to get sunlight.

    • Anonymous

      Does snorting blow cause acne? I know meth fucks up peoples faces, Gunplays face looks like one of those face of meth posters you see.

    • Anonymous

      i dont have acne anymore, i did when i was like 15 but im 25 now and its all gone and the bitches cant stay away.

    • Anonymous

      Sounds like you are happy that his acne is worse than yours. LOL.

  • Anonymous

    In true modest Maybach Music Group fashion, the invite for last nights Mastermind listening session urged me to Be a part of history! by listening to The biggest album from the biggest boss! That boss, of course, is Rick Ross, who hosted a whos who of industry execs, artists, media and his own MMG family in Manhattans New World Stages auditorium to hear what hes been cooking up for his sixth album. Is it crack? Based on one listen (from speakers taller than two Shaqs), its hard to tell. But heres a knee-jerk review of Rick Ross mind-blowing(?) sixth album. John Kennedy 1. Mastermind does not have the colorful, glitzy feel of an album executive produced by Sean Combs. Its a gritty, street LP. The beats are gloomier, hooks less John Legendary than previous albums. 2. Occasionally our bearded, shade-wearing hero sounds monotonous. 3. But there are a few experimental vibes that keep things interesting. Like the emo The Weeknd contribution In Vein (hated it) or the reggae tinge that Movado, Sizzla and producer Bink! provide on Mafia Music III. 4. The Maybach Music series that graces Ross last four solo discs takes a pause hereand its missed. But Mafia Music III fills in for the mafiosos and Mob Wives listening. (The first appeared on Deeper Than Rap, second was a Chrisette Michele-featured leftover from Teflon Don). 5. Lil' B doesn't get enough credit for creating hip-hop's go-to turn-up dance. You know: fists pointed north, elbows bent, arms swinging open and closed like a chest fly. Anyways, you'll be doing that for the entire 16-song duration.

  • So Icy Boi!

    at least Rick Ross got a release date, has 3 classics and Dr. Dre worked wit him... 50 Cent is kicked from Interscope Records. lmao. Ross won. swag

  • Anonymous

    Last night (February 11), Rick Ross hosted a Mastermind album release party at New World Stages in New York City and AFH was in the building. The event was a star-studded affair, with Ross and Meek Mill there from MMG, as well as DJ Khaled, Fabolous, Busta Rhymes, Mack Wilds, Bow Wow and a host of music industry heavyweights. After some fits and starts at the door and getting into the theater, DJ Khaled set the tone for the evening by boldly encouraging all media outlets present to quote him as saying Mastermind is a mutha!!in cla##ic. Even despite Khaleds bias as an executive producer, that was a big statement. He then introduced Ross who said a few words and made it clear he was going to let the music speak for itself. He asked for the music to commence, offered a couple of anticipatory uhnns and walked off stage. And then, it beganThe b0mbast that came from the prodigious sound system was 2nd only to the Jay Z/Kanye West system used to preview Watch the Throne in the sheer brute force of its volume. Unlike that listening session, however, the Ross music was still audible and not overwhelming with its decibels. The intro, which was released this week, features a brief monologue with a man describing the capabilities of a mastermind. The intro, along with each subsequent song, was accompanied by visuals that were directly-related to the audio (in this case the actual visual clip from which the monologue was lifted). Immediately out of the intro, the album launches into Rich Is Gangsta, a power-track not in the vein of Blowin Money Fast and 911, but of the more soulful variety. The corresponding visuals evoked the power of the song, with images ranging from plentiful bars of gold to Michael Jordan sporting his six championship rings. Like many of Ross themes on Rich Forever, this is one of his street motivation anthems. What followed from tracks 2 through 11 was the strongest sequencing of songs ever on any Rick Ross album. Period. If he had stopped there and thrown in Sanctified, Thug Cry (The J.U.S.T.I.C.E. Leagues interpretation of Billy Cobhams song Heather, the sample that powered Souls Of Mischiefs 93 til Infinity) and bonus cuts Blessings In Disguise (featuring Scarface) and Paradise Lost, many might be lining up to call this album a cla##icand plenty still may. But, a song or two toward the end (The Weeknd a##isted In Vein sounded more Weeknd than Ross and Walkin on Air with Meek Mill broke no new ground), represented the only POTENTIALLY skippable fare on the album, in our opinionat least on first listen. Standout tracks from songs 2-11 were aplenty. Shots Fired begins with news reports on the infamous attack on Ross Maybach in Miami and then proceeds to go full tilt at his haters. Nobody, produced by Diddy, revisits Biggies ominous Nobody Till Somebody k#lls You, drawing on that hook and including ad-libs from Diddy that are equally venomous as those he spit on B.I.G.s record. The Devil Is A Lie has already est@blished itself as one of the finest of the many Ross/Jay Z collabos. War Ready, released last week, finds both Ross and Jeezy sharp over a fittingly aggressive beat. What A Shame pays homage to Ol Dirty Bastard. Sanctified, featuring Big Sean and Kanye West (also produced by West), takes the Gospel-Rap fusion prototyped by West and fined tuned by Meek Mill, and deftly expands on that sound. And, BLK & WHT boasts of drug dealer riches but in the end flips the script with Ross (at least on screen in the visuals) encouraging those making their living in the streets to get an education. In fact, its songs like BLK & WHT, Shots Fired, Nobody and What A Shame that help to elevate Mastermind over previous Ross works. Whereas almost all of his music possesses a cinematic quality and even he, himself, presents a persona that at times is bigger than life, these and other songs on Mastermind break the fourth wall and let us into Ross reality. Its a world where he acknowledges and salutes his musical influences and at times spins cautionary tales about what happens in the streets instead of celebrating it. He even takes moments to poke fun at himself, as he does in the Rich !! Skit where a fictitious woman BAWSE goes to extreme lengths to prove just how baller she is. You think Rick Ross is not keenly aware of how he is perceived? Think again. This is a more circumspect and fleshed out version of Rick Ross. There is no doubt to us that this is Rick Ross best work yet. Will it be viewed as a cla##ic? Only time will tell

    • Anonymous

      That's no excuse, though. Ross won't beat Pharrell, he doesn't even have a buzz.

    • Anonymous

      Album sales decline every year. Rick ross will beat pharrell. May not be platinum but you don't need platinum.

    • Anonymous

      It's still low compared to his other albums that did better. Besides, I didn't praise any artists.

    • Anonymous

      150k is still a good sales total, considering that the artists you praise the sales t allys are lower than that.

    • Anonymous

      Ross groupies are the saddest Stan's on the planet, go look up BruthaDee he is the poster child for Ross's stanbase and represents them perfectly.

    • Anonymous

      "In short, people are saying its a classic and will sell at least 200k." No, they ain't. They're saying it's crap and it won't sell 200k, it'll do 150K at the most.

    • Anonymous

      50 groupies are the saddest Stan's on the planet, go look up Pruane2Forever he is the poster child for 50s stanbase and represents them perfectly.

    • Anonymous

      In short, people are saying its a classic and will sell at least 200k. I see no haters except 50 groupies. Can't wait to see how badly 50s album will don

  • Anonymous

    .....Ross works for the white man, 50 is his own BOSS, 50 be fucking white celebrity bitches right under the white mans nose and calling white people CRACK3Rs in his music and dissing his white bosses. Officer Ross and the rest of these niggas are sellouts but 50 be shitting on white people and they still suck his dick and fatten his pockets.

  • Anonymous

    Ross is controlled by Jews and whites, 50 is a free nigga and his own boss. 50 be fucking famous white bitches and calling white people Craccer in his raps at the same damn time. 50 ran away from the Shady slave plantation now he is a runaway slave fucking even more white bitches and writing more Craccer raps getting even more white money from you white people. Real niggas dont die.

  • Anonymous

    Whenever he says Most definitely he is lying. thats what his media trainer told him to say. check his youtube videos lol liar liar pants on fire

    • I Had to Stop Interviewing Rick Ross Because He Can't Handle Hard Questions

      Part of me wants to feel like I'm reaching with that headline, but most of me knows that I'm not. The fact of the situation is that, during an interview with Rick Ross yesterday at the 40/40 Club in Manhattan, I brought up Reebok, which obviously triggered memories of the rapey lyric that cost him an endorsement deal with them. Perhaps for obvious reasons, things got awkward, Ross handlers got antsy, Ross low key tried to insult me, and the interview was stopped halfway through. The thing is, Rick Ross constantly talks about being a boss. To him, its not just a title, but an entire worldview. Real bosses answer the hard questions and keep it moving. Then again, what do you expect from a guy who let the media hound him over a lyricPut molly all in her champagne, she aint even know it/I took her home and I enjoyed that, she aint even know itthat he couldve easily talked his way out of? Unlike the Date Rape Drug, Rohypnol (or alcohol, the most common date rape drug of them all), MDMA isnt a sedative, and even if you slip it to someone, its not going to make them pass out. Its a stimulant and, if anything, itll make a person more alert. Clearly, Ross doesnt always know what hes talking about in his own lyrics, and he and I never even addressed that line directly. [Ed: To be fair, Ross did address the controversy in an interview with HuffPost Live, saying, "I don't really regret nothing. I'm glad I seen and learned some things. When I realized so many women were affected by that, I wanted to make sure I apologized. Where I come from, that's not even tolerated... I never thought someone would fill in whatever blanks, but I respected it, and I respected everyone's opinion who reached out, most definitely women... Ain't nothin' more impressive than women, baby.] We got close, though. I was working my way towards a question about the infamous lyric. He and his team were tactful enough to pick up on that, and thats why my interview got shut down. I asked Ross about his chemistry with Jay Z. We talked about how FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt was another hit for him. Then I brought up how he rapped Reeboks on, I just do it, nigga on that song in the midst of his controversy with the company. Thats when things got tense. Heres how the conversation played out: Noisey: I feel like you kind of purposely were fucking with people when its like, Reeboks on, I just do it nigga. Knowing the whole controversy, what were you really getting at with that line? Because thats the shit that really stands out to me. After everybodys making this big fuss and then on one of the hottest club records of the summer, youre kind of taunting people on purpose with that shit. Rick Ross: See, you the type of nigga that might consider it taunting. I dont even like that word. Dont use that word no more. What would you call it? Its not a negative word to me. You know, its like Stay focused, homie. Let me answer your question. Reeboks on, I just do it nigga. Repping Reebok. You like Reebok? I dont really wear them as much anymore. Like, Ive been a Nike nigga. I wear Vans and shit like that. Oh yeah, you a Vans nigga. Yeah, I got on Docs. Like, I know niggaslike you got on Timbs, I got on Docs. Thats just what shit is. Thats your vibe. I wish you the best. Keep shining. Keep doing your thing. Keep shining, man. I was repping Reebok. I like Reebok. We wear Reebok on our side. We wear soldiers. All white. We pull out them Rees and we wear em all white. Nah, a nigga had Rees in like middle school, when the Pumps came out, I know what its about. Yeah, classic. [Handler to Def Jam employee, when Im obviously about to start talking about the controversy and him losing his endorsement: You got the next one?] Much love. Great interview. Wish you much success. Yeah, man. Same. You dont have time for a couple more questions? We got a couple niggas waiting, man. It would've been perfectly fine if Ross ended the interview because he wasn't feeling my vibe. I get it. Writers are fucking corny. Some of the coolest shit Ive ever seen is Lil Wayne shitting on a journalist in his The Carter documentary. But Ross was just blatantly dodging a difficult question. If he and his team just let the conversation play out, they would've seen that I wasn't trying to corner him. Ross has made a lot of great music. By virtue of that alone, I went into that interview simply ready to ask real questions. Of course I was going to ask him about the rape lyric controversy. Maybe it was the format of the interviewessentially a one-journalist-in, one-journalist-out assembly line press junket promoting his upcoming Mastermindbut it felt like Ross was immediately on the defensive when I brought up Reebok, too sensitive to the assumed pressure to realize that the line of questioning came out of a place of respect. Instead, I was hit with bullshit boss posturing. Earlier in the interview, I brought up the fact that he once famously said, We dont do pushbacks, and now his album has been pushed back several times. It's a genuine question. Ross responded with some half-baked nonsense about how he changed the date because hes a boss. I shouldnt have been surprised that the guy who, in the face of physical proof, lied about being a former correctional officer, is too delusional to own up to the fact that his upcoming album has no buzz and its singles have barely even registered with the general rap-listening population, and thats why its been pushed back. Now regardless, the album's coming out, and I understand that he has to maintain a positive stance on it no matter what. But if the albums good, be confident in that and don't cower away because I'm there addressing reality. Just like the Internet calling out Ross for being a CO, the UOENO lyric is part of Ross flawed but fascinating legacy, so he might as well be prepared to address it. As soon as I brought up Reebok, he became passive aggressive, standing up, pointing at me, and showing off his shoes, in a display of grand misdirection. Last summer, I rode around LA in a BMW drinking Cristal in the backseat with my boys, rapping that contentious lyric emphatically. In that context, its a fantasy, but as a journalist, I fully expect to have a real conversation about it. But Ross has a history of getting uncomfortable in these types of situations. He attacked DJ Vlad six years ago for asking him about his past as a correctional officer and had to pay him $300,000 in a settlement. Its not like we didnt talk about Mastermind enough and I just jumped straight to controversy, like some slimey TMZ reporter trying to get a scoop. My first several questions were about the album. We talked about his ear for picking beats. We talked about his mission statement with this project. But none of that shit was interesting. Nobody cares about this album. A Drake interview with Rolling Stone has more buzz than an entire Rick Ross record at this point, and its because Drake is too open, and too honest. Ross is closed and guarded, so lapses in his ostensible personamoments of imperfection that show a real humanbecome the most interesting things hes done. That doesnt have to be a handicap or a negative. People would love to hear his real thoughts on that situation. People would love to hear something truthful about his time as a CO. That shit can only win people over. But Ross is worried about the concept of being a boss. The facade is datedhonesty is captivating, and a superstar rappers inability to be real is why rap journalism is a fucked up game. Journalists aren't your fucking friends, and they're not your fucking publicists. His excuse for ending the interview was that other writers were waiting, but there was no rush when the writers in the room before me were taking selfies with him and asking questions about Valentines Day. Im in there for 15 minutes and we start drifting towards the date rape question and all of a sudden its time to go. The best interviews are an opportunity to connect with your audience in an authentic way. There's not a single person who doesn't want to hear more about that "U.O.E.N.O." lyric. If a rapper who talks about killing people can't handle someone getting ready to ask a question about the only interesting thing he's done in the past year, maybe thats a sign that rap journalism is broken. Clearly, theres an increasingly adversarial relationship between rappers and press. Yesterday, Drake said the "press is evil, then Kanye West went on stage later that night and told members of the press to "shut the fuck up. The sad part about it is, I wasn't even looking to attack Ross and gain anything from it. I wish we could've talked more. I looked that man in the eye the entire time I was talking to him. I was an honest human being and all I was looking for was the same in return. I guess that's too much to ask.

  • Jay Dubb

    Great, William 'Officer Ricky - Fake Rick Ross' Roberts is gonna charge this 'almost over' teen idol for 'advice'?!@! First ADVICE to take is GET THA F*CK AWAY FROM THE FAKEST DUDE IN HIP HOP HISTORY! Biggest Fraud & a has been TMZ posterboy.....GREAT COUPLE!

  • Anonymous

    Rick Ross should adopt Bieber. His parental instincts are on point.

  • G Unit Militant

    Ross works for the white man, 50 is his own BOSS, 50 be fucking white celebrity bitches right under the white mans nose and calling white people CRACK3Rs in his music and dissing his white bosses. Officer Ross and the rest of these niggas are sellouts but 50 be shitting on white people and they still suck his dick and fatten his pockets.

    • Anonymous

      Ross is raping his own brothers with those shitty contracts but 50 signed that white boy from Jersey Shore to be his hoe and pay him his money. The industry is afraid of real niggas that punk white bitches and extort white boys.

  • Rozay O'Donnell

    **Kids, I hope you're reading this article. This is an amazing man that everyone should aspire to be. This is a man who would take a misguided Canadian teenager under his wing and set him straight. He's sold countless albums and gave back to the community. Not only that he is a superlative MC who's lyrical abilities will forever stand the test of time and be remember centuries down the line. He's a kind hearted man who is not only my superior, but a champion to the poor and needy. That man's name is William Leonard Roberts III, aka Rick Ross. #bawse

  • Clayton

    Ross probably saw that donuts album and thought it was about one of his favorite snacks from his days working as a man of the law.

  • Anonymus

    Rick Ross should start calling his albums compilations.

    • Anonymous

      It's on his album, though.

    • Anonymous

      Wasn't really a song created for this album.

    • Anonymous

      Happy is platinum, SOLO

    • Anonymous

      Being in daft punk and robin thicke songs do not count. He has no solo single out and his first album had no hits and sold modestly.

    • Anonymous

      wtf u talking about Pharrell has a platinum single out,

    • Anonymous

      150k is still good numbers. Remember, you hailed week tallys that were Lower like tyler the creator and childish gambino. Also, neither pharrell and especially 50 are going to sell near that. Pharrell has no single out for his album cause he can't even get one out and 50 is indie so they tend to sell lower.

    • Anonymous

      "You gotta salute ross for staying major while 50 had to demote himself to Caroline records, an indie. Mastermind will sell 200k at least opening week. Whether pharrell beats it l depends on if he feels like buying copies because I can't see more than 100k buying his album. 50 will be lucky to sell 100k total for lack (of) ambition." Please. Mastermind doesn't have the buzz to sell 200K. It'll do 150K at the most. 50 and Pharrell's albums will sell more than that.

    • Anonymous

      50 will make more per album. he made his mark and sold 30+ million already. ross needs to catch up.

    • Anonymous

      You gotta salute ross for staying major while 50 had to demote himself to Caroline records, an indie. Mastermind will sell 200k at least opening week. Whether pharrell beats it l depends on if he feels like buying copies because I can't see more than 100k buying his album. 50 will be lucky to sell 100k total for lack (of) ambition.

  • Anonymous

    what the hell is up with the Beiber questions? Do websites just put Beiber in headlines so they can get extra traffic from teen girls who might see the link?

    • Anonymous

      Justin Bieber was the belle of the ball Wednesday night as he revealed his boyish body -- to the amusement of a dozen big-time rappers at Diddy's Atlanta blowout. Bieber's new GF, Chantel Jeffries, was in tow at Vanquish NightCLUB

    • Anonymous

      private party in a club

    • Anonymous

      It was not a club LOL, the nerd guy is too young to know what a club looks like or just too nerdy to have been in one. It was a private party for Puff Daddy.

    • Rozay O'Donnell

      Those pictures with Ross and Bieber made me sick. Justin has no business taking his shirt off in the club until he gets his weight up and gets some double d's like Rozay. That man can take his shirt off any day and its fine by me.

    • Anonymous

      Gangsta rappers love pop icons because they need their fans.

    • Anonymous

      You are a shirtless teen white boy but you would never get invited to a Diddy party because you are a shameless nerd and Beiber is a pop icon.

    • Anonymous

      Ross was partying in the club with a shirtless teenage white boy named Justin Bieber so of course that had to ask him bout it.

  • Anonymous

    *The views expressed on this recording Are solely those of the artist and by no means Do we encourage or condone violence against law officials* Ugh, it's for you, it's for you! Ugh, yea this is for all my street niggas! Feel it! On the count of 3 say Fuck The Police 1, 2, 3! (Fuck The Police) Yea, fuck em! Applaud any nigga (scratch) We can lose a few of em, we got enough of em My niggas on the corner, they be dodgin and duckin em Bitches gettin' pulled over end up fuckin em For Real!!! And see we got these fake cops They thought he had a gun Made a mistake cops, I hate cops Turn on the TV whats this? Another cop busted for illegal business They outta control they outta their mind They pullin you over, they hoppin inside Just...they know you got drugs they know you got guns And they know they be mad when they can't find none Stupid!!!! Dont they know they invented the stash box? The heat be in it, you need a key to get in it Any offended people suck my balls All yall off the wall Get stupid dawg Don't hold back, Don't let go Don't say Damn Just say..Whoaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Get it up, Mo dough Feel it up baby On the count of 3 say Fuck the Police 1, 2, 3! (Fuck the Police) Yea, don't they know its dangerous in these streets? Dont you know its gangs of us that roll deep? Nigga! We O'G's fill up the whole jeep, nigga Hell wit the flows,and deal with the beats nigga Hell in the Rover, its over homes we hold deez The reason we hold beans its no peace in the streets With the police in the streets, Yo It's cops that owe niggas Dough for O's and ki's It's more than a beef with five-oh In the streets with the five-oh its a game of survival duke Now tell me who protects me from you? I got people that buy tek's and weed from you And all ah nigga see in the news Is cop corruption niggas gettin popped for nothing And niggas get stopped for nothing And cops pull out the Glock and bust em Yall need to get shot for nothing! Cause we don't hold back We just let go We don't say damn... We just say..whoaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Mo' dough baby... Fill it up!

  • Rozay O'Donnell

    Kids, I hope you're reading this article. This is an amazing man that everyone should aspire to be. This is a man who would take a misguided Canadian teenager under his wing and set him straight. He's sold countless albums and gave back to the community. Not only that he is a superlative MC who's lyrical abilities will forever stand the test of time and be remember centuries down the line. He's a kind hearted man who is not only my superior, but a champion to the poor and needy. That man's name is William Leonard Roberts III, aka Rick Ross. #bawse

  • Anonymous

    j.dilla said fuck the police

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