As the genre matures, artists are taking it upon themselves to put their issues behind them in hopes to work together. Yet, sometimes people need extra motivation to put their difference to the side. So when it comes to ending the beef between Lil Wayne and Pusha T, Rick Ross felt like he should be the bridge between the two parties.
Ross has a deep and complicated history with Young Money. Once YMCMB moved their operation to Miami, they got acquainted with a then-young Rozay. Over the years, he's appeared on features for almost all of their artists and considers Wayne to be one of his close friends. This prompted Rozay to take up arms against Birdman at the height of Weezy's legal battle with the Cash Money CEO.
"I spoke my mind," Ross said to Bootleg Kev and DJ Hed at the interview's 20-minute mark in reference to him dissing Birdman. "I feel like as artists and businessmen you say what you got to say and move forward because there ain't no money in that. Ain't no business in that."
Although he claims he hasn't spoken directly to Birdman since "Idols Become Rivals" dropped in 2017, it's the business that led to Young Money and G.O.O.D. Music clearing the verses so that "Maybach Music VI" could be used on Port of Miami 2. Yet, just because he could legally drop it doesn't mean Rozay will press go on the song. In addition to speaking about his past friction with Stunna, Rozay explains that the true purpose of announcing "Maybach Music VI" was to start a healthy dialogue between the artists.
"I put this record together without each one of them not knowing just to spark that conversation," Ross explains near the 18-minute mark. "Because I feel like if there's anybody that should do it, it should be me."
He adds, "Me being on Pusha's album, me always being on Wayne's album, me always being on Drake's album. And me understanding it and looking at it from a real boss perspective. And I felt like the differences they had, that just came from Wayne being a soldier to his big homie, whatever differences Pusha may of had with Stunna. And I felt like Drake was being a soldier to his big homie, so is it really personal? And whatever was said, it's over with."
While making his rounds through Los Angeles, Rozay stopped by Big Boy's Neighborhood. Here, Ross explains what his upcoming tenth album means to him.
"It's unbelievable," Ross said two minutes into the interview. "I remember the first time I heard Too Short say that in a rhyme. 'Album number ten.' And that's exactly what I was thinking, 'Man just get one album is a dream come true.' So, yeah man it's amazing."