Rick Ross has solidified his presence in the pantheon of notable rappers. Since his arrival on the scene in 2006, Rozay has released acclaimed albums, dropped memorable verses, and is regarded as one of the most prolific MCs of his generation.
But as he has risen to the top of the game, he has had many battles with rappers and media personalities. The various beefs have resulted in diss tracks, social media posts and even physical altercations.
Never one to back down from a feud, Ross has taken on all comers in his desire to showcase to the world that he is “The Biggest Boss that you seen this far.” To show that the Maybach Music boss is not one to be played with, here’s A Brief History of Rick Ross’ Beefs.
One thing Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson knows is how to do is beef. Since he debuted with “How To Rob,” he has used rap feuds as a marketing strategy as he climbed to the top of the rap world. By 2008, Ross was one of the most regarded rappers in Hip Hop. As they jockeyed for a position in the crowded rap scene, 50 and Ross were destined to be on a collision course.
According to reports, the beef between Ross and 50 began when the Queens rapper allegedly gave Rozay the ice grill at an event. Later on, 50 denied that this encounter ever took place. In 2009, Ross released “Mafia Music,” where he dissed 50, mentioning Shaniqua Tompkins, the mother of 50’s child, who had to evacuate a house due to a fire that the G-Unit rapper owned. In response, 50 released “Officer Ricky (Go Head, Try Me).” The beef got extremely personal with 50 releasing a sex tape featuring Ross’ baby mother. Since then, Ross and 50 have traded disses on other songs, called each other out on social media, and even sued each other.
Resolution– Although the beef is not as hot and the rappers may not drop diss songs about each other, this petty beef is still smoldering almost 15 years later. In 2021, Ross commented on 50’s alleged salary from his hit drama on Starz BMF, signaling that two may never make peace with each other.
DJ Vlad, 2008-2010
An equal opportunist when it comes to beef, Ross is willing to take on rappers, YouTubers and podcast hosts, including DJ Vlad. In August 2008, DJ Vlad sued Ross for $ Million for assault and battery, claiming he was “brutally” attacked by the Rozay’s camp. Vlad claimed that Ross set him up to be ambushed at the 2008 Ozone Awards in Houston, Texas for asking questions about that rapper’s time as a correctional officer. Almost two years later, Ross was ordered to pay up to a total of $300K for his role in the assault.
Resolution- After the verdict, the beef effectively ended with Ross and DJ Vlad never having another interview.
Ross and Jeezy came into the rap game around the same time. Ross’ debut Port of Miami was released in 2006 and Jeezy dropped Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101 a year earlier. Also, the two shared a label home at Def Jam and they did several songs together, including “Hustlin (Remix),” “Luxury Tax“ and “Erryday.” But their cordial relationship took a turn for the worse in 2010 when Ross dropped “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast),” a tribute to Big Meech and B.M.F. crew.
Apparently, Jeezy was offended by the track as he was once affiliated with B.M.F. Shortly thereafter, Jeezy released his own version of “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast),” titled “Death B4 Dishonor’ on his 1000 Grams mixtape where he raps, “How you blowin money fast, you don’t know the crew? Oh you part of the fam, sh*t I never knew.” After going back and forth on interviews and on tracks, a brawl broke out at the taping of the BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta between the two camps in 2012. Their feud was headed in a direction that could have been tragic for one of the rappers.
Resolution- Thankfully, Ross and Jeezy ended their beef. Ross even said that their feud was caused by a miscommunication. “It was a lot of confusion at the end of the day because we 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,” Ross said. “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 were 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.” To show their maturity, the two collaborated on “War Ready,” off Ross’ Mastermind album in 2014.
When Drake and Meek Mill’s beef took the rap world by storm, it led to another feud between Ross and Birdman. On 2015’s “Color Money,” Ross threw a shot that was directed at Baby when he rapped “I got more money than that pussy that you’re signed to.” Birdman did not offer a response. While most thought it was simply Ross coming to Meek Mill’s defense, he would later reveal the real issue he had with the Cash Money Records CEO. On “Idols Become Rivals,” Ross accused Birdman of withholding money from DJ Khaled. “That’s why my ni**a Khaled blessed, You put my ni**a in the hole, homie, I don’t feel you for that, my ni**a, That shit hurt me, you under-dig?” Ross says on the track.
Resolution- While the beef has settled, in 2022, Birdman did throw some shots at Ross in an appearance on the DJ Akademiks Off the Record podcast. He accused the Miami legend of stealing his style.“Ross sit up under me forever, stalking my style and peeping my sauce,” Birdman said. Rozay has yet to respond.
Meek Mill, 2021-22
Hailed as one of Ross’ star proteges, Meek Mill reportedly had a falling out with the Maybach Music Label head over a contract dispute in 2021. The same year, Meek allegedly banned his label boss from his birthday party in Miami. Back in October 2021, Meek took to Twitter to air out his grievances with his record label. “I haven’t get [sic] paid from music and I don’t know how much money labels make off me,” Meek wrote in a since-deleted tweet. “I need lawyers asap!!!”Addressing the alleged beef in an interview, Ross explained that he wanted to see Meek do well although their relationship has hit a rough spot. “I feel like we’re both hustlers,” Ross said when asked what’s the status of their relationship. “That’s one thing about life, you either grow together or grow apart. As a boss, you make that decision, because whatever it is you want to do, Ricky Rozay wants to see you do it. There’s a lot of people that didn’t last or was still down with me the way Meek is — so I want to see the homie shine regardless.”
Resolution- Ross and Meek seem to have put their differences behind them and have moved on. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of his debut album Dreams & Nightmares in November 2022, the two rappers reunited on stage at a concert in Philadelphia. All seems to be well in the MMG camp.
DJ Envy, 2023-Present
What started as playful banter about each other’s car shows has turned into a real beef between Ross and DJ Envy. Earlier this month, things started to heat up when Ross took a shot at the Breakfast Club co-host during his interview on Drink Champs, saying that he was “never on my level” when it came to the car show game. This weekend, Ross is hosting his second annual car show on his plush Promise Land estate in Georgia on June 3, while Envy is hosting car shows in Memphis and Houston in a few weeks. It didn’t take long for the beef to get personal with Ross saying that Envy’s family could clean his swimming pool. In response, Envy came to the radio station sporting a police uniform as “Officer Ricky” mocking Ross’ time as a correctional officerwhich is still a sore spot for Rozay. Ross then spoke on Envy’s being accused of being a part of a real estate scheme and Envy even brought 50 Cent into the feud. If that wasn’t enough, Gunplay put Envy on notice after posting a phone conversation where the former MMG rapper demanded an apology for mentioning his newborn daughter’s GoFundMe page. Yikes!
Resolution- Ross and Envy have cooled off their back and forth since the car show, but it could be reignited at any moment. Fat Joe, who knows a thing or two about beef, expressed his concern about Ross and Envy’s public squabbles.
“Don’t like what’s going on with Rick Ross and DJ Envy,” Joe said. “Don’t like it. I love ’em both. Beautiful men in their own right, successful, do their thing. I don’t like where it’s going. I know I’ve had my share of beefing with people, but I don’t like it because they’re both beautiful, beautiful people.”
We shall see where the beef is settled.