Rick Ross Says The Notorious B.I.G. Sample On "Nobody" Was Approved By D-Roc

Rick Ross names his favorite "Mastermind" tracks, says his second collaboration with Jeezy is "crazy."

Among the 16 tracks featured on Miami rapper Rick Ross’ newly-released Mastermind album is “Nobody,” a song which samples the late Notorious B.I.G.’s “You’re Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You)” and features guest appearances from French Montana and Diddy. Ross was recently questioned about the song during Hip Hop Nation’s Tuesday Night Live with DJ Envy as he was asked about the range of reactions the record has received.

According to Ross, “Nobody” was a song he would not have released if he hadn’t received a blessing from D-Roc, a close friend of Biggies.

“I love that. Just to see fans have that much love for an artist,” Ross said. “Otherwise I wouldn’t know it. You know what I mean? I wouldn’t see that. So, it’s that much love for B.I.G, but what even the true B.I.G. fans gotta respect—Because you know when I made the record I did it the G way. I took it to D-Roc, you know, Biggie right-hand. He blessed the joint. You know what I mean? And that’s what was important to me. You know, he could have told me to kill it and I would have chilled. So, that was a lot of love. And just for everybody that’s hearing the record that don’t—haven’t heard the original, go get both of B.I.G.’s albums right now.”

In addition to speaking on “Nobody,” the Maybach Music Group founder also rattled down his list of favorites on Mastermind. Among the records Ross named were "BLK & WHT" and the Kanye West and Big Sean-assisted “Sanctified.”

“My favorite record? ‘Sanctified’ was most definitely one of the favorites,” he said. “It’s because how much time—Just watching Kanye put into this because it actually started as a sample. We did the sample maybe 10 different ways and then we ultimately went with a beautiful lady out of Miami, Ms. Betty Wright. She blessed us. So, just hearing that chorus. Just hearing the way it came out. All the time we put in it. It most definitely was dope. As well as the joint ‘BLK & WHT.’ It’s kinda Southern, kinda Southern drawl to it. You know what I mean? And it was just something real different for me, but it was dope.”

Ross also discussed his reconciliation with fellow rapper and former rival, Jeezy. He says the two have recorded two songs together, Mastermind’s “War Ready” and another record, which will appear on a project from Jeezy.

In a past interview, Ross revealed that there was “a lot of misconfusion” behind his beef with Jeezy and spoke on setting an example for those younger than him after patching up his feud with the Atlanta emcee.

“It was a lot of misconfusion at the end of the day because me and his personally never had an issue and I think that was one of the reasons we were able to really resolve this problem because we never really personally had an issue,” Rick Ross said while speaking to HuffPost Live last month. "Amongst bosses, you know we like to call it, ‘That rapper stuff.' Real bosses get over that and that’s what we did and I’m happy we was able to do that and set the examples for some of the younger bosses that’s coming up and let ‘em know it’s all about making that positive progress."

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88 Comments

  • The_Observer

    Rick Ross is a joke...he fucked up Biggie's legendary song, same way Jay Z fucked up Makavelli's "Me & My Girlfriend"

  • D From Q.U.

    So MC Gusto got D Roc's approval....thats cute.

  • Anonymous

    Without knowing them personally you can tell how some of these dudes are outside of their music, you look at their team and see their team winning, happy and eating and then you look at some of these dudes and they dont even have a team because nobody even wants to associate with them.

  • 614grind

    Rick Ross' biggest accomplishment IMO is that he has captured the mantra of today's young consumer: Who cares if you're lying your ass off as long as it sounds good.

    • real logic

      young boys are following rozay because of his personality and status, not his music because if you were listening, y'all wouldn't be so mad when it comes to soul samples and classical beats that you're so quick to label as 90s music and diss the other old heads who listen to it or still make music that way look at rozay's young artists, all trying to do a BMF, not Maybach Music the hypocrite is showing inside of you youngblood

    • Anonymous

      If young people ain't buying Ross albums who do you think is? Grown men? LMAO nigga plz.

    • Anonymous

      I doubt young people are buying Ross albums, the young people like you are more into TDE, OFWGKTA, ASAP and other 20 somethings, any consumer looking for truths and lies in rap songs should just stick to listening to the Slim Shady LP whet you can listen to all the "truths" that your heart desires.

  • Anonymous

    Ain't it funny how he still hasn't got approval from the REAL RICK ROSS to use that name though.

  • Anonymous

    That nobody joint is crazy and mastermind is dope the album is a classic all but one joint I picked the album up I support good music no matter who the artist is

  • George Washington

    Mr. Roberts has been a great federal employee for a number of years. We here at the state department congratulate him on his continued success.

  • Anonymous

    Salute to the Late Great Biggie Smalls!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Despite all the dick riding the numbers show that REAL STREET NIGGA have never and will never fuck with ross like that. Dude has never went gold first week. Has never shattered the charts with crazy numbers. Never been platinum. Niggaz rock with slim cause he nice i like his rap game just like plenty of niggaz do. But im not buying a fake nigga shit im not supporting a Whore nigga i just cant do it do a fucking whore no way i would ever buy this nigga shit and support a fake ass nigga. Ive brought bg's albums to support a real nigga. i brought all beans albums cause he a real nigga. i brought fifty first second and last album cause he a real nigga. i brought all bucks joints cause he a real nigga. Im not putting my own money in a whore pocket aint no way

    • 614grind

      ^^^^ Barely any of these rappers are going platinum.

    • COCA

      AND WHERE DID YOU BRING ALL THOSE ALBUMS TO NIGGA?? YOU KEEP SAYING YOU BROUGHT ALBUMS... BROUGHT THEM WHERE??

    • COCA

      I DIDN'T KNOW "REAL STREET NIGGAZ" WERE THE ONES BUYING ALBUMS AND MAKING RAPPERS GO PLATINUM THESE DAYS... DAMN, I MUST BE REALLY OUT OF TOUCH WITH THE WORLD TODAY!

    • Anonymous

      If what Anon2 said wasnt the truth would a comment in regard to a middle age rapper and "nerds" illicit a response from one of them?

    • Anonymous

      Tomorrow a middle aged groupie nigga will respond to a paragraph about a fake ass rapper while calling them a nerd

    • Anonymous

      Tomorrow a real street nigga will make music with Rick Ross with blatant disregard for a blog nerds feelings and the world will keep moving and their will be another rambling paragraph about this shit will rich niggas pop bottles of Champagne and laugh in unison

  • Anonymous

    I can't get over how Diddy was just chillin with Floyd and 50 ON VIDEO when they had Ricky's kids out in Vegas.... Now Diddy and Ross are best pals? It's like French Montana filming Khaled's momma and they all cool like it didn't happen. I don't even know girls that would let shit like that slide.... These niggas is clowns B

    • Anonymous

      what did 50 do to ross? you probably don't even know how this shit started?

    • Anonymous

      When you grow up and become a man you might realize that a picture your baby mama takes with another man means about as much as your mother fucking somebody that aint your daddy unless of course you are insinuating that 50 molested the child.

    • Anonymous

      All I know is Ross did NOTHING. No one said he had to murder someone but to stand by and do nothing. I cant respect him as a man after all the shit that punk 50 did to him.

    • Anonymous

      I guess every nigga in America should murder a Nigga if they take pics with their Baby mamma but if you are insinuating that 50 molested the child then retaliation is mandatory

  • Anonymous

    Def jam brought officer ricky album dats all

  • Anonymous

    Cb4 nigga gusto flop

  • Anonymous

    He did not sample the song, he copied the entire track with the same hook damn near with updated ad-libs from diddy. smh.

    • Dookie

      I will remake a million songs if I knew it upset some nerdy whiny crybaby and forced them into a hissy fit on a comment forum.

    • Anonymous

      Nicca said we call stealing a whole song from the beat to the hook a sample. LMAO. I'm bout to sample me some hit records and see what happens. I guarentee you I get a cease and desist letter.

    • Ricky Rozay

      Nigga, Rozay is the closest thing to Biggie. Biggies best friend Diddy even said that shit. Ross may not be as lyrical but he make the same type of songs as Biggie. You niggas can hate all you want but Ross is the new Biggie. Bawse!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      There's a difference between sampling and straight-up ripping off a song and what Ross did was rip off the song. You can't speak for anyone, only speak for yourself.

    • Anonymous

      We call that a sample, remake or whatever, but when you change the lyrics it is no longer the same song. People familiar with music know that Stings "Every breath you take" and Diddys "Missing You" have the same track and nearly the same hook but thats what the culture was built on so we laugh and mock those who are angry about this.

  • Anonymous

    "Pharrel the one who had a lack of promotion." Pop artists don't need promotion, all they need is a Hot single and a white girl on their album cover and they can do an easy 100K and sell a Arby's hat on EBay for 44K. Mid-teir rappers like Ross sell the bulk of their product here in the States so the promotion is aggressive here in the States while an artist like Pharrell is selling in 8 different Europeon countries so why not spread your marketing budget around in places like France and the UK and not just here in America? That Pharrel album is pop music for Lesbians.

    • Anonymous

      promotion is essential but when you are an established artist with a loyal fanbase you can pull a Prince and release you music from a website. I be telling artists all the time to put your shit on ITunes and promote your own shit online.

    • Anonymous

      hell yeah he remixed that lesbian Lordes song that was making fun of him

    • Anonymous

      Ross is probably dying to get a verse on a pop music for lesbians song.

    • Anonymous

      Everyone needs promotion. And pop music for lesbians describes something from Lady Gaga, not Pharrell.

  • Anonymous

    Cb4 my nigga. officer ricky

  • Anonymous

    Dat nigga always did 200k nobody is carting dat nigga anymore

    • Anonymous

      No, he hasn't. His sales are inconsistent. They've gone up and down and now Ross is losing fans.

    • Anonymous

      His first week sales are always consistent, right between 158 and 218 which is strange because some rappers just go straight downhill like 500, 250, 125, 62, 31 15. Sales have declined but Ross has maintained his fans over the years.

    • Anonymous

      naw son he only ever did over 200k one album, GFID Port of Miami 187k Trilla 198k Deeper Than Rap 158k Teflon Don 176k God Forgives I Don't 218K Mastermind 145-160k

  • jimjim

    I think he will sell he been bringing strong beats good rymes to the table selling better than fif

    • 614grind

      He could never sell better than 50 no matter what he's doing now. At this pace, Ross would have to work till he's dead, come back to life and live another 100 years to catch 50.

    • Anonymous

      Def jam brought that fat pig album .wit his budget money

    • Anonymous

      fif is indie now so he can sell half as much and make 4 times the money ya dig

  • Anonymous

    Hits Daily Double says Ross will do 160K which is a lot more than I thought, I thought with Def Jams lack of promotion, no single and the decline in overall sales would have him at 100K somebody showed a graph that showed that over a 6 album span Ross has never had first week sales differential drop/increase over 60K .

    • Anonymous

      Payola is a part of your budget. Ross lost a chunk of his budget on a cornball single/video that was terrible and didn't even make the album so Def Jam couldn't go all out on Promo on the album... so MMG went all out with their own promo with the street teams. I give DefJam a salute for getting Ross and Jeezy in the studio to hype their projects and record those two songs but Ross putting one of his new artists on that song was shameful and should have been vetoed, they need new staff, new A&Rs and fresh blood in that building, the WarReady video should have dropped last week! After them date-rape lyrics they should have had Ross on a song/video with a female ASAp to ensure he's good with that side of his base but they had him on remixes. The good thing is that Jeezy has a date and another single coming after the good response he got from the War Ready 16. Atlantic is worse than Def Jam doe.

    • Anonymous

      "he real promotion is in radio and TV and Def Jam have scaled down their marketing/promotion budgets" If you make a hot record it will get on the radio and TV. Ross couldn't come through with a signle. Thats on him not Def Jam. Were they supposed to pay to get one of his songs in Rotation?

    • Anonymous

      Yes, lack of promotion, or did you miss Jadakiss and Jeezy complaining about Def Jam? No one cares about banner Ads online or MMG street teams putting up posters, the real promotion is in radio and TV and Def Jam have scaled down their marketing/promotion budgets and if you dont have the ability to have a street marketing team and a machine of your own in place the they wont even let you drop and will push your shit back untill you have a charted single getting heavy play on Urban/Pop radio. Ask Jeezy how they dropped the ball after "My Nigga" they are not doing right by their artists.

    • Anonymous

      Pharrell the one who had a lack of promotion.

    • Anonymous

      lack of promotion? you cant be serious.... Every hip-hop website I go to got like 3 Mastermind banners on it, sometimes 4 or 5 on the same fucking page! He got billboards, vans, cars, not to mention the street team shit.

  • Anonymous

    if you didn't know the man you got no business copying his songs to sell on your album. mixtape shit. dont matter if puff daddy jizzed when he heard ross mimick biggies flow.

  • Anonymous

    Stage names and beards are not copy-righted materials like songs. You can wear a Mr Tee mohawk and use the stage name Bobby Fisher and it means nothing.

    • Anonymous

      if he was a real nigga like he pretends he would have got that mans approval. like how you gonna say you would kill a Biggie song if his FRIEND didn't approve but when the man who's name you stole gets outta jail (where you used to work locking up people like him) and tell you to stop using the name you ignore him?

  • Anonymous

    I heard Diddy say 'The truth will set you free' on this song and burst out laughing. How can you get on a Rick Ross track and say some shit like that after he just spit lies for 2?

    • Anonymous

      i didnt say anything about worth, we're talking about diddy getting on a rap album with the biggest fraud in rap history and saying "THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE" on a song riddled with lies.

    • Anonymous

      Diddy is a grown man so the context he used it in was your true net worth not what you say you are worth but its open to interpretation from all ages kids, teens, and adults. Keep listening to the music anyway.

  • Anonymous

    A lot of hate from the 50 Cent people in the comments. Diddy did a great job overseeing the production on the original song and his adlibs on the original are classic. Green lights from Diddy and D-Rock is standard, those were his two dudes along with Cease. Now lets move on and make sure Biggies killer is prosecuted so Ms Wallace can have some peace and closure.

  • Anonymous

    When is he going to seek approval from Freeway Ricky Ross for stealing his name while he was locked up?

  • Anonymous

    That Ms Betty shitt ruined the song

  • Anonymous

    Song should have been a mixtape track and left it at that. I can't respect anyone putting someone elses songs on a retail album that is supposed to be comprised of original work.

    • Anonymous

      they used samples in an original and creative way. Ross is just rehashing ideas and blatantly ripping off songs from 17 years ago back when he was a prison guard.

    • Anonymous

      shut up you fuck boi.... everybody does it. How you think puffy had all them hits?? what about doggystyle and the chronic?? they all straight jacked samples.

    • newnenew

      still a hater

    • newnenew

      im clowning dog...but I see your point....I personally have no issue with the remake but that's just my honest opinion.

    • Anonymous

      if that makes me a hater i will gladly wear that title. how many other rappers had to remake classic hiphop songs for their retail albums?

    • newnenew

      you are a hater sir

  • ???

    "I took it to D-Roc, you know, Biggie right-hand. He blessed the joint. You know what I mean? And thats what was important to me. You know, he could have told me to kill it and I would have chilled." Yoo... how funny is it that he says he would have killed the song without Biggie's friends blessing but he stole another man's name without his blessing and won't even show him love or respect his wishes to stop using the man's government name? William Roberts is quite a contradicting character.

  • freeway rick ross

    Can't believe a word that comes out of this frauds month. He's been lieing his whole rap career.

    • Anonymous

      HOW THA FUCK HE GONNA TALK ABOUT GETTING BIGS FRIENDS BLESSING WHILE HE RUNNING AROUND WWF STYLE WITH ANOTHER NIGGAS NAME WHO NEVER GAVE HIM PERMISSION TO USE IT

  • Anonymous

    How are they gonna call that a "sample" though? He "sampled" the whole fucking song!

  • Anonymous

    Sure hope he's giving some of them profits to BIG's kids or at least a charity. It's not right to be caking off another man's art like that. How many songs did Biggie have to straight up jack for his albums? Corny Diddy samples not included.

  • Anonymous

    160k for MasterFLOP! Jay-Z promo with Wale sales!

  • Anonymous

    In other words, Ross cut the check for another co-sign. I would be more interested to hear what BIG's family thought. Like if I died and my friend tells someone he can have my house does that make it okay?

  • Anonymous

    "Enough is enough, Biggie's name should never have become Diddy's Black Card ... When was the last time Diddy really was biggin up his brother, not biggin up his bank?"

  • Anonymous

    Niggas sold u out BIG. I hate the way your legacy has been watered down. I don't have to be from Bk. Let him rest.

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