The Bawse is putting in overtime. While setting up the release for his Maybach Music Group compilation Self Made,
"I'm going back to the essence of that gritty street music, but at the same time, it's motivation. We wanted to make sure the whole video was based on Wale, making sure everybody sees what he brings to the table," Ross said of the D.C. rapper he recently signed, along with Meek Mil and Pill.
Ross' vote of confidence is encouraging for the young Wale. "I grew up in sports; I'm very competitive. I know when I'm down, and I know when I need to catch up," he said. "I know when I'm on defense, and know when I'm on offense. I got the ball the now, and it's time to score."
In an attempt to seize the moment, Wale plans to drop his sophomore solo LP on Maybach sometime after Self Made is released and is even ready to drop a second album this year if the label approves. As of right now, however, he is focused on "600 Benz," which features Jadakiss and Ross.
Though Ross' reference to "work" on the hook to "Benz" suggests the track is another in a long line of Rozay's dope-boy anthems, Wale — who isn't known for his street credentials — explains his take on the song.
"The hook could make you think it's about one thing, but the song is really just about ambition and aspiring and working," he said. "I know what it's like to be working and get a paycheck every two weeks. When you got a muse or you got a goal, or you got something that you really wanna get, it's a special feeling."