Rick Ross Wages War On Birdman For Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled & Mannie Fresh (Video)
Rick Ross is no stranger to beefs. Over the years, the embattled MC has been a target of 50 Cent, street gangs, critics and countless fans who questioned the veracity of his claimed crime boss past. Amidst it all, Ross has developed a teflon demeanor and learned to wield his pen as a mighty weapon. At times, he has used his words to back down his own enemies, but on other occasions, he has used them to protect those close to him. In 2015, despite his frequent working relationship with Drake, Ross came to the defense of his artist Meek Mill, when he and Drake engaged in the most high profile battle of the year. In March, Ross again went to war and, this time, it was for several people he saw as wronged by Cash Money Records artist and owner, Birdman.
On “Idols Become Rivals,” Ross unleashed a barrage of claims about Birdman reneging on debts owed to artists and producers. Among those Ross claimed Birdman put in financial peril, were DJ Khaled, Scott Storch, Mannie Fresh and several other notable figures in Hip-Hop. Of course, the biggest name cited by Ross was Lil Wayne who has been embroiled in a career-paralyzing $51 million lawsuit with his former friend and mentor for the last 2 years.
When asked why he chose Birdman as his target, Ross told BET “It’s one of those things that when you’re a student and you admire someone from a distance and you get an opportunity to work with them and then you begin to see things that you don’t really respect or expect to see. And once you see it almost become the source to that downfall it’s really unfortunate. And when you see other solid dudes suffering at the same time that’s what make it even worse, that’s what made me wanna put it on wax.”
Now, Ross has decided to put his message to visuals, too. In the video for “Idols Become Rivals,” Ross is seen riding around in many of the luxurious cars he claims Birdman only pretends to own. He is shown taking a Cash Money recording agreement and literally setting it on fire. In what likely will be one of the most controversial moments, producer Bangladesh, who made the track for Lil Wayne’s smash hit “A Milli,” is shown with the caption “Unpaid Producer.”
Shortly after Ross released his song, Birdman spoke to Billboard, saying “I don’t get caught up in h*e sh*t, man. I just keep doing what I’m doing and keep pushing. I don’t get caught up in that, I don’t play like that. I’m a man and I stand my ground and I do my thing. Numbers don’t lie, and that’s all I give a f*ck about: numbers, and puttin’ them up.”