While the two have collaborated on a number of hit records like Rozay's "Aston Martin Music" and DJ Khaled's "I'm on One," the two MCs share a bond that extends way beyond the studio. So when Drake announced that he and the Bawse would be collaborating on a new mixtape, Y.O.L.O. (You Only Live Once), it made sense in theory, but how real is the actual project? Very real, says Rozay.
"You know, it's official, the music is most definitely official," Ross said when he appeared on "RapFix Live" on Wednesday. "But you know, me being a boss, I'm trying to find a way that we could put that on the shelves for the world, baby. But it's most definitely official."
Retailing a collaboration project is tricky, especially considering that Drizzy and Rozay are signed to two different labels. Ross is currently inked up with Def Jam as a soloist, and Drake just released his sophomore album, Take Care, on Cash Money. Still, the Maybach Music CEO is hopeful.
"You know, Drake, I consider him a part of the fam. It's not just music," he said. "We stay in the studio, we stay on Skype."
According to Ross, the two mostly talk about the music they've been recording, and so far their collaborations have been well received. On the day that Drake's Take Care was leaked onto the Internet, "Lord Knows," featuring Rozay, began trending on Twitter.
Back in August, the Toronto MC had some high praise for his buddy. Drizzy was one of the few able to hear Ross'
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In a recent interview with XXL magazine, Drake spoke about the status of the upcoming mixtape, revealing that the two seizures that the Bawse suffered in October may slow the process up just a bit. "I've been working on that for the last couple of weeks. We haven't really connected because he's been going through this thing with his health. I've been stashing my little beats and verses," he said.
There is no telling when fans will get to hear Y.O.L.O. or how it will even be released, but when it drops it should be a special one. "It's just love all the way around the board," Ross remarked. "So Y.O.L.O. You Only Live Once, let's go hard, let's go get it."