Celebrity Favorites: Rick Ross
In Rick Ross' mind, Nicki Minaj graduated when she worked with the man behind the album Graduation.
The Bawse said he was amazed not only seeing Nicki compose her raps, but also get on the mic and tear the booth down for the Kanye West posse cut "Monster."
"It was a moment in history," he said. "I knew then she's one of the greatest.
"I was actually in the studio with Kanye in Hawaii when he played the concept for me," Ross recalled. "I was blown away. I had the opportunity to sit in the studio while Nicki wrote her verse just off the record. That was when she earned my respect as a lyricist. She was a dope entertainer up until that day that I sat in the studio and watched her come up with what I feel is one of the dopest verses of the year."
If you're getting your late pass right now, "Monster" was released a few weeks back as part of Kanye's G.O.O.D. Friday offering of free music to the people. The track also features Jay-Z, Bon Iver, Charlie Wilson and Ross himself.
"OK, first things first, I'll eat your brains/ Then I'mma start rocking gold teeth and fangs," Nicki raps on the song/ " 'Cause that's what a mutha----ing monster do/ Hairdresser from Milan, that's the monster 'do/ Monster Giuseppe heel, that's the monster shoe/ Young Money is the roster and the monster crew."
"To see her construct her verse and lay it — she did it herself — I commend her," Ross added.
Ross' time on the track was limited, but Ricky Rozay said he wasn't slated to be on the song in the first place.
"I wasn't originally supposed to be on the record. I was next door working on another Kanye collaboration," the Miami native said. "I walked in, like, 'This is so big.' [Kanye] was like, 'Yeah.' He was playing the track, spitting his verse for me. That's before he even laid it. I'm like, 'That's dangerous.' At the same time, me being a hustler, I'm thinking of just an intro for the record. He told me the structure and the way he wanted it to go. I told him that was it. That's the way I would do it. He was on point with it. Me being the artist I am, I was sitting there talking to him and came up with an intro bridge. It wasn't a verse at all. It was just an intro or somewhat of a bridge to set the tone for 'Ye to come in. Jay capped it off."
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