[artist id="2000082"]Rick Ross[/artist] is making it clear: [artist id="2545682"]Drake[/artist] was not dissing [artist id="1269"]Jay-Z[/artist] on any of his new verses. Ricky Rozay, along with a few of his Maybach Music Group infantrymen (Meek Mill, Wale, Pill), stopped by "RapFix Live" and made the clarification while heaping praise on Hova.
After telling MTV News' Sway Calloway that he and Drake converse often, and sometimes via iChat, Ross spoke highly of Jay-Z, who was president of Def Jam when the Miami rapper first signed to the label as a solo artist.
"We all gotta give it up to Jay-Z," Ross told MTV News. "When it comes to this music game, Jay is the exception to the rule. That's the big homey that put me on; that's the big homey that showed young black entrepreneurs how to move. He gave us so many classic gems and so many classic maneuvers. He also showed us how we can carry ourselves as bosses."
According to Rozay, Jay-Z's ascension from the street corner to the boardroom serves as inspiration for people from the "jungle," meaning ghettos and poor neighborhoods. "We rarely see a young, black, rich, wealthy young dude carry [himself] with a certain level of class and still get the job executed," he said. "I think that was something if you was black and from the 'hood, it was something that you could relate to and respect outside of music."
"I know when those records are released and those vibes are in the air, I know the certain excitement that people anticipate and want to make it into," Ross explained. "But I know Drake, and I know when he's writing, he's most definitely being the most creative, but I know he wouldn't disrespect Jay."
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