Though he signed Meek Mill to his Maybach Music Group in 2011, and has served as a friend and mentor since, Rick Ross has also built a relationship with Drake, with whom he's collaborated frequently and always appeared friendly. So he wasn't really getting in the middle of the feud between those two. That's what made a subliminal line that sounds like it's aimed at Drake on this week's "Color Money" a bit of a surprise.
He raps: "Color money got your bitch out on a world tour/ My lil' homie made a million on his girl tour/ We back to back and down to whack a n---a unborn/ Miami n---as got them changing all the gun laws/ So run, Forrest, got some shooters and they dying, too/ I got more money than that p---y that you’re signed to."
Tucked into those rhymes are many references jump out as being about Drake: The "world tour" and "girl tour" phrases are lifted from "Back to Back," which itself is mentioned by name; and the "Run, Forrest" line, though originally from "Forrest Gump," got some new life in Drake's "0-100."
So, was he actually taking a shot at Drake?
"That record is what it is," Ricky said on "The Breakfast Club" on Power 105.1 on Thursday (Dec. 3), doubling down on his decision to not call out Aubrey by name. "It's a lot of different people that's gonna interpret it a lot of different ways, and it is what it is."
Still, when asked if it was just wordplay, or an actual dis, Rozay noticeably didn't deny it was the latter.
"Everybody who know Rozay, know how I get down. And when I come, I come. So, I'd just say, let's see how it unfold. We most definitely know how I come and what I do. I don't play no games."
As for the final bar of that section -- the one about "that p---y that you're signed to" -- was that a reference to Lil Wayne? J. Prince? Baby?
"Weezy my homie," Ross confirmed. "I was just with Weezy the other night at the club; he was just on the remix with me. J. Prince, that's my big homie. Anything else, take it how you want it. Take it how you want it."
Welp, there you have it. The one person not named: Baby. So, does he have a relationship with the Cash Money co-founder, with whom he's worked a number of times through the years?
"I don't have one with Birdman," he said. "If you read The Source magazine, you would see that, right now, me just seeing what Wayne going through as an artist, him being a boss, me idolizing Birdman at a time, me looking up to Lil Wayne, Wayne being the first artist to make so many feats, not just as an artist, but an artist coming from the South -- that's something that I took personal. So, for me to see the way things are transpiring, I can't respect that. And I don't respect that.
"That ain't the way this game built to be on, and I ain't wit it. And I ain't nobody you could play with."
Ross' Black Market drops on Friday, so we'll see if there are any other references to this whole situation on there before long. And we'll likely know before long whether or not -- and how -- Drake plays this one.