Rick Ross comments on the Kanye West/Drake feud plus shares the powerful text he received from Drake last night (8.23.2021): "Everything is unfolding… I'm about to be as free as a bird".
Rap artist Rick Ross was a guest on SiriusXM Urban View's "The Mike Muse Show" today to promote his new book "The Perfect Day To Boss Up: A Hustler's Guide To Building Your Empire" which is available September 7.
During the interview the Rick Ross said "I love it" in regards to Drake and Kanye's feud and shared Drake's powerful text to him last night on air which said: "Everything is unfolding. I'm about to be as free as a bird".
Rick Ross also spoke about why he wrote his new book now, entrepreneurship, being vulnerable, how being different has made him stronger as an artist, and how he remains inspired and motivated.
Host, Mike Muse asked Rick Ross:
"When you hear that line of 'never thought hip hop would take it this far,' what comes to your mind? Do you think about that?"
Rick Ross replied:
"Well, it's most definitely. I think about it. I do. I do, but it's not the focus. When you hear it, you appreciate it. And it's something else that could continue to fuel the fire to stay inspired. Because to me, that's what I think, may be the major factor remaining inspired after being in the game so long, after so many ups and downs, and after achieving a large success, you have to still find a way to remain inspired and do great things because I think motivating the others is the most valuable asset that I really have.. it's like I could almost look at a younger person and see the younger me in that person, and I could find that inspiration. And it's just, it's ways to look back and find those times and it still drives me right now."
Rick Ross comments on the Kanye West/Drake feud:
Mike Muse: Because of who you are right now, the maturity that you have, that you're existing in the vulnerability that you're in, the writing and talking about hip hop, you work with both Drake and Kanye. What is your thoughts right now about this dynamic that's happening with them right now on Instagram and going back and forth?
Rick Ross: I love it. I spoke with Drake last night. I love it. And when we spoke, after we got off the phone, he sent me a text and it was so powerful. He said, "everything is unfolding. I'm about to be as free as a bird." And he put the caption with the owl. And I just, I couldn't do nothing but put "hahahaha" because to me, I understand the genius to both of these artists, and I understand this is nothing personal to them. This is two levels of creativity inspiring each other. Because they both are right now thinking of the artwork, thinking of the credits, where do we place, what color is this, and to me, it only makes the game that much more genius, that much more valuable. Watching Kanye doing listening events in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. You know what that is for a black artist? It wasn't many years ago they wouldn't even let a black man into those types of arenas and now just to present my LP to some of my most valuable fans, we just going to listen, I'm not going to say one word.
Mike Muse: I "never thought hip hop would take it that far."
Rick Ross: Exactly. And that's why you got to appreciate it. And I understand what Drake and Kanye is doing right now, and it's genius. They both are inspiring each other.
Mike Muse: Do you think it's the iron sharpens the iron situation?
Rick Ross: Of course, of course. Kanye posted Drake's address on the Instagram, but who didn't have Drake address already? It's the only hundred million dollar estate in Canada. So if you don't understand what's going on, you would've thought that was personal. It really wasn't. That's just them getting ready for as Drake said everything unfolding.
Rick Ross on inspiration:
Mike Muse: So when you hear that line of "never thought hip hop would take it this far," what comes to your mind with me saying all that about you? Do you think about that?
Rick Ross: Well, it's most definitely. I think about it. I do. I do, but it's not the focus. You know what I'm saying? When you hear it, you appreciate it. And it's just, it's something else that could continue to fuel the fire to stay inspired. Because to me, that's what I think, may be the major factor remaining inspired after being in the game so long, after so many ups and downs, and after achieving a large success, you have to still find a way to remain inspired and do great things because I think motivating the others is the most valuable asset that I really have.
Mike Muse: What makes you stay so inspired? Because audience, as you all know, and as I talk to you often, just because you have prominence, just because you're a public figure, just because you have money, doesn't make things easier. Right? It's just as challenging. I'm sure Rick has had failures too, as well even being Rick Ross. So with that, what keeps you inspired to keep trying new things, in spite of adversity? What keeps you going to dig in deep for that?
Rick Ross: I still look at it's like I could almost look at a younger person and see the younger me in that person, and I could find that inspiration. Because it's easy to think back to when, 'wow, man, you really doubted yourself in a major way, wow man, I just left a meeting and damn, they didn't appreciate me, damn they talked down on me, damn this ain't going to work. And it's just, it's ways to look back and find those times and it still drives me right now.
Rick Ross on his new book:
Rick Ross: It was actually once the pandemic. Once we came into the pandemic, I found myself. Our tours were cancelled, the performances, being in a club, just that connection I had with the streets, my fans, my supporters, for the first time in over 15 years, that was disconnected. So I found myself waking up in the morning, I'm a person that easily gets up at 6:00 AM, and I found myself just kind of sitting there saying "what the hell is going on? " I have to make some adjustments, I have to make some changes so I got on social media more than ever. I began talking on my story in the morning. I had my DJ show me how I use my story.. and I found myself talking about a bunch of stuff that I wouldn't talk about. Bunch of sh** I never discussed. I'm walking barefoot in the grass, I'm talking about motivation, and at the same time, I'm getting more questions from the fans that I've never had. They want to know, 'How did you lose close to a hundred pounds?' 'How did you keep it off?' 'Rose, did you really have surgery?' 'Nah.' 'I'm shocked.' Now showing them what I'm eating in the morning, showing them what I'm drinking, showing them me jogging and it's just, I think that's what really inspired it. And next thing you know, let's just do the book man, and really give them the game where they could read it day by day.
Mike Muse: I felt like Rick, as you said over the last two years, three years, really, for me observing you, I felt like you have become more vulnerable. Talk to us about the vulnerability, because to answer these questions makes you vulnerable, right? Exposing the weight loss journey. I was with my trainer this morning, and he and I were just talking about the vulnerability between a personal trainer and the client. They're seeing us at our weaknesses or when we can't do something and the ability to push through, but you're exposing that for the whole world to see. How has the vulnerability impacted you by you being vulnerable? How has that impacted you?
Rick Ross: I think believe it or not, well in my situation, I really feel like the more successful I became, the more I feel like I owed to a younger, you know, somebody that's really rocking with me. So instead of me just cutting answers short, you know, keep it short and keep it moving, I felt like, nah, maybe we need to share this even more. So I discussed me, my health situations, me having seizures because once I had a seizure, so many of my peers, so many celebrities called me to the side, like, 'yo Rose, I had a seizure man. I was on my toilet for three hours before somebody found me.' And I was like, 'wow, and when did this happen, man?' 'This was six years ago.' And it was like, wow. Okay. So I see people open up more and more once they feel like they have somebody that understands them. And so I feel like the more I grew, the older I became in the game, the more doors that I have to open up as you grow. I felt like I owed the ones right behind me that much more because a lot of this information I wish I had.
Rick Ross on being different:
Rick Ross: Anybody that's had the same vision I did, regardless of what situation you in, those doors not closed on. I was the same dude used to be in the back of their class and I was cracking jokes and not because I just wanted to be a comedian because I never knew the answers to the math course. If I knew the answers, I'm the type of person, 'yo, yo, I got that too!' I would answer them back to back, but I didn't know them. So that's what made me want to be a great speaker because I couldn't, I never learned my pre-algebra, I never learned all the other things and so us becoming franchisees, coming from the back of the classroom is so valuable and all it tells you is no, it's not over for you. Not at all. It just tells you, you have to lead that much more. You understand? You have to get out front that much more quicker and you have to make the vision that much more clearer. But they will get the picture.
Mike Muse: I'm losing my mind right now because you're talking my language…I gave a speech in Denver to some black and brown boys one day…and I did a Q&A with them, and at the end of one of the young men called me Carlton. So the whole room laughs, but I didn't respond. I'm like I wanted to do more deep dive into what that meant. And so I came off the stage, I got a little closer to him, not in an aggressive manner, but just to let him know he's in a safe space, I just want to unpack what this is. As I got closer, Rick, he became the boy that he is. He began to shrink. He had all of his bravado in the beginning, but then he began to shrink a little bit. I said, no, it's okay. Let's just talk. His homie, who was sitting next to him, he had to be about 13-14. He said, you know what, Mike? He said, what it is, is he's just never seen anyone like you in our neighborhood. And he said, we've never heard anyone talk like you, look like you, dress like you and so it's just new for us. And Rick in that moment, I recognized that the Carlton dynamic isn't a negative thing. Sometimes we don't have the language to communicate what we're really feeling and how we're really expressing that it's different, but we don't know how to say it's different so we do it through a joke. But really what they're really saying is that they liked it, they respect it, they don't know anything about it, but they like it, but let's joke about it. And so we, as a community, have a thing where we deflect. And we use comedy to hide our insecurities, and to project, which is what you're saying in the back of the classroom, you didn't know the algebra so your insecurities made you do a joke to mask your insecurities. But we do that all the time. So thank you for bringing that into this conversation. I have these conversations very often.
Rick Ross: Without a doubt, because a lot of times we have to find a way to feel comfortable… But I didn't understand when eight equals e and all that, I just never got that. That was a tough language to Rose, but it's like, I still understood what was going on. So it's just letting me know outside of the classroom, I had to be much stronger in other areas, other points. I wanted to be a great speaker, a great talker. I wanted to make that eye connection, and that's what I did. And I think that's what made me a better artist. That's where the writing came in, that's where the word play came in. That's where me wanting to travel and do different things… I think at the end of the day, when I look back now at the student, I was, I maybe should have went to a school where they showed us everything in film, versus the teacher guy I would make jokes on and really didn't connect with all the way. I knew he was a cool cat so we never gave him any problems. He never had any issues with the homies. The ones that was in the back of the class, it was what it was.