Ross, Diddy and a few friends were watching Prince's "Purple Rain" in the mogul's New York penthouse when he was inspired to write the lyrics. Ross' friendship with the founder of Bad Boy Records blossomed into a business relationship. Diddy is now a part of the Bawse's management team.
"The experience and the knowledge that Diddy possesses is priceless," Ross explained on the set of his upcoming video for "Super High." "The relationships that he's accumulated over the last 20 years is priceless for a young artist such as myself. We developed a mutual friendship. We just stayed in contact. I was calling him for advice anyway. He was doing it for free: 'What you think about that, homey? Help me get this, homey. I need to meet for the Waka Flocka video, homey.' He was doing so many different things for me on that level."
Ross said since he has officially aligned with Diddy, he has put a few things on the agenda.
"I expressed my interest in developing and designing my own clothing label," Ricky Rosé said. "I expressed interest in branching off into liquor endorsements, book deals. I've yet to headline my own major tour yet, which I've never had a problem with, because I love the intimacy of clubs. I love when I can run in the club with 2,000 people in there, and I can look the majority of them in the eye and make sure they feel Rick Ross and understand what Rick Ross brings to the game. But most definitely, these are the new things we're bringing to the table, and these are things I haven't expressed a lot of interest into in the past. It's looking very, very positive."
The Miami flow master said his association with Diddy is also paying dividends in the lab. After rapping in the same vocal booth that Notorious B.I.G. once graced at the Daddy's House studios, his pursuit of lyrical supremacy is even more steadfast.
"Expect me to go greater heights," Ross promised about where he'll be artistically on his Teflon Don album. "I wanna push myself until I push myself all the way over the cliff."
Teflon Don comes out June 29. Ross has secured collaborations from Diddy, Kanye West and Jay-Z, among others.
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