Working with Dr. Dre has become a rite of passage for superstar rappers, and now Rick Ross will join the likes of Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, 50 Cent and Nas. At the end of January the Bawse told MTV News that working with Dre has inspired him, but he never actually revealed what it is they were working on. Sunday (February 12) night on the Grammy red carpet, Rozay finally let the cat out the bag.
When MTV News correspondent Sway asked Ross if he and the Good Doctor were working on the Bawse’s upcoming God Forgives, I Don’t, the Maybach Music Group CEO responded, “That’s mandatory, my brother.”
Well, what about the long-awaited Detox? “That’s mandatory, my brother,” Ross repeated, confirming that he too has joined the long list of contributors to Dre’s upcoming third album.
“We making some things happen, man — we just gonna see where the pieces fall,” he said. “But we most definitely putting in major work.”
Rozay and his buddy DJ Khaled also weighed in on MTV News’ upcoming “Hottest MCs in the Game VII” debate. Khaled fully expects Ross to top the list. “There’s only one number, that’s #1, and that’s the guy in this sweater right here,” the DJ said, gesturing towards Rozay, who was wearing a multicolored sweater.
“Man, we just been putting in a lot of work, and I salute everybody that’s even being acknowledged,” Ross said. “Getting in this game, that’s always a dream, so me being here right now, I just really appreciate the love.”
If Ross doesn’t land at the #1 spot, he does have a list of rappers that he feels are also deserving. “Me being an executive, I fall on stats. I’m gonna look and see who really had the biggest year, who left the biggest footprint in the cement for the game,” he said humbly. “We had a lot of artists that did that, you know, Lil Wayne, of course Drizzy Drake. You know they both delivered the biggest albums of the year. Shout-out to Jay, shout out to ’Ye. The Throne — I thought that was big for hip-hop, making that power move.”