During a recent appearance on the Joe Budden Podcast, Nicki Minaj responded to Rick Ross' 2017 song "Apple of My Eye." On the track he referenced the rapper following her separation from his close friend Meek Mill. "I told Meek I wouldn't trust Nicki/Instead of beefin' with your dog, you just give 'em some distance," he rapped. He later clarified he has no issues with Minaj, but as she explained with Budden, that wasn't how she saw it.
In a new interview with The Breakfast Club, Ross talked about his new book and Port of Miami 2. He also responded to Nicki, attempting to defuse the situation after she belatedly responded to the line.
"I mean, if somebody went to meet Obama with you, she is a keeper until you find out otherwise," said Rozay at the 33:20 mark of the interview. "She was around me a few times but other than that, she was a huge talent but she was playing a very important position at the time. She was in between Meek and Drake at the time. And what she don't know, and what she might not understand coming from a big homie like myself, playing that position, that was a very fragile role."
Around the time of her meeting with President Obama was when Meek Mill and Drake were taking shots at each other, claimed Ross. "And it would be very easy to put that responsibility on her. But that ain't what I tried to make it to," he added. "But most definitely when I seen it go sour, it would be easy to assume she may have had something to do with that and if somebody tells you they didn't, they're lying. But everybody moved forward. She moved forward, she doing her thing. I'm happy to see her do that."
As Minaj explained on the Joe Budden Podcast, Ross texted Meek after the meeting with President Obama. "[He] texted dude after the meeting and said, 'Yo, this chick is a keeper.' I saw the text myself with my own eyes," she said. "And then you come out on an album, when it's time to sell some weak-ass fuckin' album, and try to disrespect Nicki Minaj? And now you try to disrespect 50? Try to hope 50 would respond to your nonsense this time? Boy, sit your fat ass down."
Nicki saw the interview and commented on Twitter, focusing on Charlamagne, who she's specifically been trading barbs with this week. "They banned me from the show but always talkn bout me," she added. "I’m pullin up cuz we in NY soon. I’d rather be invited tho js."
During his appearance on The Breakfast Club, Rozay also talked about how movie companies have already optioned the rights for his book, Hurricanes. As for the situation with "Maybach Music VI," which was set to feature both Lil Wayne and Pusha-T despite their differences, he said at the 23:00-minute mark that he ultimately decided to leave just Weezy's verse because he was the first one to hand his contribution in.
As Ross previously explained, he confirmed the song wasn't to feature both of the artists because it wasn't the "most organic" way to squash the beef. "Ultimately to me the bigger picture was having the record put together," he added.