By Rahul Lal
“Just off some G s—, [Meek] ain’t lose to nobody,” said hip-hop star Rick Ross to DJ EFN and N.O.R.E. on the Drink Champs Podcast, defending his friend and fellow star Meek Mill. “I know I’m a rich n—-, I know what Meek Mill getting. Everybody don’t know what [Drake’s] business like. I don’t really know what’s touching the bank account.”
Meek Mill and Drake have been entrenched in a feud for a while now but Ross firmly believes that Meek, a member of Ross’ Maybach Music label, came out on top and that he would defend his artist by any means. Recently, Drake performed in Philadelphia as part of his Summer Sixteen Tour and added some fuel to the dwindling fire that was their beef by publicly dissing Meek in his own city.
“If it’s gotta go there, Renzel gonna jump off the porch on your a–,” he said matter-of-factly. “That’s just the way I’ve always been and I’m gonna die that way… you just gotta know what you doing for [your] dogs, for [your] family, that’s what it is.”
During the podcast, Ross was asked whether he had spoken to Drake any time in the recent past and he quickly answered that he hadn’t. When asked if he had any interest in speaking with Drake to resolve the feud, he said there wasn’t any reason to work things out.
“It’s about being wise,” he continued. “A fool is quick to go to war, it takes a wise man to put the plays together and keep it in a way n—-s can keep getting money.”
Having come up as a true hip-hop fan, Ross had many large influences and spoke on two of them. The first of which was fellow 305-native, Uncle Luke. Luke was well-known for creating the modern hip-hop culture in Miami and giving many artists their shot in the area while also creating an entirely new sound across the nation.
“I’m gonna always say Luke is the don,” he elaborated. “That’s what I’m gonna always say. He was the one who showed us how you go independent, create your own label, then you sign yourself. It was that mentality, that’s what made me.”
The second artist is one that Ross created countless hits with over the years.
“When I came to Def Jam, it was Jay-Z and L.A. Reid who signed me. It was from Khaled originally breaking the record ‘Everyday I’m Hustlin”,” said Ross. “Any time Hov bless me, he lace me. I never even look at the record like [competition], I look at it from the perspective of a fan.”
While Eazy-E is considered to be the first street rapper to make it to the White House, Ross pulled off a visit that might wind up being the most memorable that White House staff have ever witnessed. While on a visit to meet with President Obama, Ross, who had an ankle monitor—per the conditions of his release from 2015 kidnapping charges—was the subject of many headlines as his ankle monitor randomly went off in the middle of the event. The president stayed focused and gave Ross some advice after asking Ross what the beeping noise was.
“He’s a good dude, he’s a very powerful dude. He’s really down to earth,” said Ross. “He was on some real ‘We got a purpose, use your platform for what it’s really for. Let’s not forget about the youth.’ It was basically focused on the youth, that’s what the conversation was basically about and it was real.”
To hear more of Ross’ interview where he spoke about Lil’ Wayne and Birdman’s feud along with other artists such as DJ Khaled, P. Diddy and others with DJ EFN and N.O.R.E., listen to the full episode of Drink Champs below.