Recently, there has been a lot of buzz surrounding Rick Ross. He finally emerged as one of the top emcees in the game. Just like many other Southern rappers, he was written off as another jingle rapper. Rick Ross turned many heads one year ago, when he first issued a challenge to the rap beef bully, 50 Cent. For the rest of the year, Rick Ross and 50 Cent have traded disses, on record and off.
Aside from his feud with 50 Cent, Rick Ross was able to solidify his style. It was the music of Rick Ross that reintroduced Mafioso rap to the world. During the 1990s, The Notorious B.I.G. made it popular and the style was used on albums from Nas and Jay-Z. However, as the 2000s came in, hip hop switched to the “bling” era. Rick Ross came along towards the end of that movement.
Ever since Rick Ross entered the game, he has made friends in high places. He was discovered by then-Def Jam president, Jay-Z, who signed him to the label. But, before he signed on to rebuild Def Jam South, he had been offered a contract from both Irv Gotti and Diddy. Even though he did not end up signing to Bad Boy, he has maintained a friendship with Diddy.
Often, when Diddy speaks on his favorite rappers in the game, he mentions Rick Ross. He took his admiration of Rick Ross to the extreme a few weeks ago, when he said that Rick Ross is more like The Notorious B.I.G. than any other rapper in the game. When he first came into the game, Rick Ross said that he did model himself after Biggie.
Now that Diddy made his statement, Ross has spoken on the situation. He accepts the comparison to Biggie and he hopes to be remembered as one of the best, just as Biggie. Right now, everything is going on track for him to be just that. Like B.I.G., Ross is involved in a high-profile, back-and-forth feud with a big-name rapper. However, there is no chance of violence being brought into their scuffle.
Rick Ross stated that he even tries to flow like The Notorious B.I.G., so he gladly accepts the comparisons to the rapper. Last week, Rick Ross released the first single off of his new album, which is expected to be released this year, Teflon Don. The single is the official sequel to the song that started the 50 Cent feud. Recently released to radio was “Mafia Music II,” which features Chrisette Michelle.