Rick Ross Is The First To Fire Back At Drake

UPDATE: On Sunday (April 14), Drake responded with a screenshot of a text exchange with his mother, Sandi Graham. The exchange was added to Drake’s Instagram stories:

“I can’t believe you would get [a nose-job] without me, cuz you know I always wanted one,” Drake’s mom texted him. In response, Drake quipped, “I would have got us a 2-for-1 deal if I went, ma.”

The artist added a diss to his latest opponent. “It’s coming from Rick Ross the guy I did songs with he’s gone loopy off the [weight loss drug] Mounjaro he hasn’t eaten in days and it’s turned him angry and racist he’s performing at proms for money it’s bad.”

The OVO founder warned, “Don’t worry, we’ll handle it.” He also tagged Rick Ross and jabbed, “You’re one nosey goof.

ORIGINAL STORY: In the last several weeks, the Rap landscape has fractured. Kendrick Lamar’s guest verse on Future & Metro Boomin’s “LIKE THAT” ripped apart notions of a longstanding “Big 3” with himself, J. Cole, and Drake—as Kendrick dissed both Cole and Drake. Since late March, J. Cole replied with a charged-up response to Kendrick in “7 Minute Drill”—the last song to a surprise project Might Delete Later. Less than 48 hours after releasing the song, Cole publicly apologized—and after a week, removed the track.

Just as Jermaine pulled back his song, Drake launched his own retaliatory diss towards Kendrick. However, Saturday’s (April 13) arrived in a series of mixes—and has yet to officially release through Drake. However, the song—seemingly called “Push Ups (Drop And Give Me 50)” not only addressed his former collaborator Kendrick, Drizzy attacked Future, Metro Boomin, and Rick Ross.

Quentin Miller Says The Drake/Meek Mill Beef Did Get Violent. Just Not Between Them (Video)

The back story on Drake and Ross’ fallout is not as blatant as his and Kendrick’s. While Ross had posted a social media clip seemingly feeling “LIKE THAT,” sources point to deeper issues. Drake had reportedly sent a cease-and-desist letter to Maybach Music Group artist French Montana over “Splash Brothers,” a song that appears without Drake on French’s Mac & Cheese 5 project earlier this year. Notably, the legal action may have delayed a February release originally intended for January. According to music journalist Gary Suarez, it may be the second time Drake halted plans for French Montana, following 2021’s “They Got Amnesia” which Drake also reportedly pulled out of. Ross and Lil Wayne appear on a song. Veteran Hip-Hop journalist Elliott Wilson posted a version online that features Drake—a longtime collaborator of French’s.

Hours after Drake’s “Push Ups,” Rick Ross clapped back with “Champagne Moments.” As with Drake’s diss, the song debuted on DJ Akademik’s stream, in lieu of formal release.

DJ Khaled – “No New Friends” ft. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne (Audio)

Fish tanks and marble floors, livin’ big and bad / N___as laugh until they hit with my official jab / Crack smoke is the exhaust from my pen and pad / Ghostwriters, they get to floss what you could’ve had / Record label takin’ a loss, are you in your bag? / You a worker wantin’ to chart, don’t make me laugh,” begins Ross, making light of Drake’s history of hiring writers. Notably, when that mid-2010s beef popped off, Meek Mill was a MMG artist frequently working with Ross.

A few bars later, Ross jabs at Drake’s street cred. “Livin’ fine, I’m gettin’ high as your s__t decline / Who believes he movin’ keys in his Louie Vs? / Run up on you and snatch your chain, watch you b___hes bleed / Feel the pain and just describe when you really ride / Either you n___as gettin’ money or ready to die / B-I-G, give a f__k if you Chi-Ali / You got it and you keep it tucked if you be by me.” Perhaps the most blatant of his bars, Ross seemingly refers to his “Stay Schemin” collaborator as white. “N___as leakin’ they records when we speakin’ directly / If we keepin’ it gangsta, when you see me, you check me / White boy, I see you.

Rick Ross – “Stay Schemin’” ft Drake & French Montana (Video)

Ross does not end there. “Gettin’ bullied, don’t walk up on me ’cause the clip is fully / N___as p___y, don’t want to push me / I’m like, ‘Really, would he?’ / Like his moves, but he never had to fight in school / Always ran, another n___a had to write your grooves / Flow is copy-and-paste, Weezy gave you the juice / Another white boy at the park wanna hang with the crew / Pulitzer Prize winner switchin’ up like dyed denim / Get incentives for all the killings while we ride rentals / Look me right in my face, he beginning to shake / Told you n___as ‘Stay Schemin,’ I predicted my fate / Got more money than you, f__k you want me to say?/ Fifty mil for the crib, where you want me to stay? / I can shoot up the block, I got pictures to paint / Let you DM my h_e, but got b___hes you can’t / Let you get on my songs, it was good for your face / Now b___h n___a, it’s on, ain’t no room for debate.” Rick Ross takes credit for helping legitimize Drake’s street credibility in the past—including naming a song, while also arguing he is in a better financial position.

In the outro to the song, Ross blasts that Drake had plastic surgery on his face. “You ain’t never want to be a n___a anyway, n___a. That’s why you had a operation to make your nose smaller than your father nose,” he says. Then Ross explains where they went awry. “I un-followed you, n___a, ’cause you sent the motherf__king cease-and-desist to French Montana, n___a. You sent the police, n___a, hatin’ on my dog project. That wasn’t the same white boy that I seen, n___a, when we were makin’ them early records.” Ross suggests Drake has changed. Then, Rick alleges that Drake needs to pay the leaders of Cash Money, Young Money, and Rap-A-Lot Records’ J. Prince. “You owe motherf__king Stunna your life, n___a. Give Weezy some more money, n___a. Give Rap-A-Lot some more money, n___a.” Notably, in 2017, Ross spoke out against the business tactics of Birdman and Cash Money Records in a song.