Rick Ross Calls Out Birdman & Nicki Minaj on New Album
Rick Ross has some things to say.
The artist released his ninth studio album, Rather You Than Me, on Thursday night, and while its track list has big names like Gucci Mane, Meek Mill, Future and Nas, it's the lyrics that seemingly diss Birdman and Nicki Minaj that have some listeners perking up their ears.
On the combatively-titled Idols Become Rivals, Rozay goes for Cash Money Records co-founder Birdman. The track, which starts with spoken word from comedian Chris Rock, includes lyrics like, "I pray you find the kindness in your heart for Wayne/His entire life, he gave you what there was to gain/I watched this whole debacle so I’m part to blame/Last request, can all producers please get paid."
Ross has been outspoken in his support for Lil Wayne, who has been wrapped up in a legal battle with Cash Money for two years.
In a Billboard interview in February, Ross mentioned the track, but didn't say specifically who it was about. "I've got a record titled Idols Become Rivals and it's basically me writing a letter to someone in the game that I looked up to (expletive) near the most and I hate what things have come to," Ross told the magazine.
Wayne and Birdman's feud can be traced back to 2014, when Wayne tweeted that his album Carter V "won't and hasn't been released," due to a dispute with producer Birdman and Cash Money Records. In 2015, Wayne sued Cash Money for $51 million after claiming that it stiffed him for $10 million on Carter V. He also asked to be released from his contract with the label.
Birdman also recently referenced the dispute in a February interview on Beats 1 radio, when he claimed that Carter V would be released this year. "You will get it this year," he said, as reported by Billboard. "Me and Wayne will be aight. I’m-a make that work. That’s my son and I love him, and we’ll make it happen."
Ross also called out Minaj and Meek Mill's breakup on the album's opening track, Apple of My Eye. Minaj (who was recently dealing with a diss track from Remy Ma) announced their split on Twitter in January.
"I told Meek I wouldn't trust Nicki/Instead of beefing with your dog you just give him some distance," Ross raps in the song.
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