Rick Ross said he and Diddy are considering their professional bond more of a partnership. Ross says he didn't really need a regular manager.
"Me and my brother, Gucci Poochie — I came up from the streets with him — we really been doing this ourselves for the last few years," Ross explained. "Gucci is me; really, I would say I was self-managed because my partner Gucci is me, we been doing it ourselves for so long. So the small, everyday managerial things, that was unnecessary [to involve Diddy in] at this point.
"It was the even bigger and better things that are on the horizon, which continue to present themselves every day — things I never considered up to this point. Book deals, now we're considering liquor endorsements, clothing lines, films, books. Me and F. Gary Gray [who directed Ross' "Super High" video] are talking about doing some things. I just wanna make sure I make the right decisions when those opportunities present themselves.
"The more time you spend with [Diddy], you understand the importance of relationships," he added about what he's learned from the legendary businessman. "In these few weeks, just the moves we've made have been big. Just us pulling off this F. Gary Gray video ..."
Diddy also produced some tracks on Ross' forthcoming Teflon Don album, due July 6, and weighed in on other tracks as well.
"I had a listening session just for our immediate circlem," Ross explained. "F. Gary Gray sat in on it. Myself, Khaled was in there. Diddy, [Bad Boy Executive] Harve [Pierre], [Diddy's manager] James Cruz, Gucci was in there. We went through so many records. Just to hear [Diddy's] input down to the smallest things, you know: percussions and snares and the production of the production. That's what I want. That's what I respect."