Read the lyrics to Rick Ross' biting open letter to Birdman, "Idols Become Rivals"
Rozay airs out his grievances on buzzing track.
Rick Ross holds no bars on his ninth studio studio album, which is due tomorrow (March 17).
Like his signature Bawse moniker, the MMG captain is making a rumble on the web all thanks to an early leak of the album. Due to international releases, Rather You Than Me sprung an early leak. Still, despite the premature release, the album finds Rozay on level ten on all levels. Calling out names (“I told Meek I wouldn’t trust Nicki”), showing signs of vulnerability (“Pucci broke my heart, shit I call it life”), spewing some of his wittiest lines to date (“Room full of cloaks and they’re counting votes”), and rhyming over the best production (“Santorini Greece,” “Game Ain’t Based On Sympathy”), Rozay wasn’t lying when he previously told REVOLT that his plans for Rather You Than Me was to eclipse his past works.
But aside from his “I told Meek I wouldn’t trust Nicki” line on “Apple of My Eye,” one track that is generating chatter online is “Idols Become Rivals.”
Over a brilliantly looped sample of Camilo Sesto’s “Agua De Dos Rios,” a classic that was famously interpolated on Jay Z and Beanie Sigel’s “Where Have You Been,” Rozay laments on his since stained relationship with Birdman. “Sacrificing half our life for your new music cult,” he raps. “You would give us self esteem and motivate our drive / But was in our pockets by the time we count to five.”
To quickly recap their history, Birdman and Rick Ross released several material in the past, including a joint album in 2013, called The H: The Lost Album, Vol. 1. However, things soon changed after Birdman and Cash Money’s legal issues with Lil Wayne came to light. In a 2015 interview on The Breakfast Club, Rozay said the following, “Right now, really me just seeing what Wayne going through as an artist, me idolizing Birdman at a time, me looking up to Lil Wayne, Wayne being the first artist making to make so many feats not just as an artist but an artist coming through the South, that’s something I took personal. For me to see the way things are transpiring, I can’t respect that, and I don’t respect that.”
Fast forward to today, we have an open letter that finds Ross airing out his grievances with Birdman and lets a couple cats out the bag on the origin of their issue. The same sentiments is also featured on the album cut “Scientology.” Check out the standout lines from “Idols Become Rivals” below.
“I grew up on that Cash Money, ‘Bling Bling,’ / Was well known to flash money… Live for the moment, die for the streets / Bible on the dash, kilos on the seat I used to see you niggas on my TV screen / And wondered what was life like, was it all a dream? / And then I met you out on LiveNation dates / Came to the realization that your watch was fake, damn / You nearly broke my heart, I really thought you niggas really owned them cars…“
“Hard to point a finger when you live a life of sin / I’ma bring my niggas with me if I lose or win / Bought a fleet of cars, let the bitches tag along / This little thing of ours, not the ones to tattle on / Omerta the code, Met Ball, parties with Vogue / Still blowin’ thick smoke while you powder your nose / Such a head rush until the day the feds rush / That’s when you niggas wish you put your bread up / Leased whips, bad blood, that shit’ll sink ships / Fast money comin’ slow, you better think quick / Rap game, so much fuck shit done / That’s why this .45 in my Trukfit trunks / Fuck a skateboard, I went and got a Wraith, boy / Catholic record labels, niggas gettin’ raped, boy / Birdman’s a priest, moans in his synagogue / Publishin’ is a sin, repent, forgive me Lord / Shots fired, home invasion out on Palm Ave / Red beam detonators, who the bomb now? / Look you in your eyes, nigga, ‘fore I say good night / And pray that Mannie Fresh’ll get to see the light…“
“You stole them boys pub and bought a foreclosure / Scott Storch demons in it, which is more poison I handed over records, never charged a coin / But consist the sentiment, I’m talkin’ all alone / All Miami issues, Rozay handle for him / Same way Big Ducky do for me in California / Never slippin’, got relationships with the triplets niggas / Tony Draper, J Prince and ever Jimmy henchmen / Plenty killers and I know that Diddy with it Tiger, chinchilla, really ain’t no penny pinchin’ / Knew that you would never visit BG Turk came home, take that boy a three piece / Shootin’ dope, usin’ coke, movin’ like you the Folks / Sacrificin’ half our life for your new music cult / You would give us self esteem and motivate our drive / But was in our pockets by the time we count to five I pray you find the kindness in your heart for Wayne / His entire life, he gave you what there was to gain / I watched this whole debacle so I’m part to blame / Last request, can all producers please get paid?“
“Can’t believe this shit, homie I still love you, nigga / How the fuck, nigga, you touch half a billion, nigga / And your team starvin’, nigga / You on an island, nigga / You came to my city, nigga / I let you in my city, nigga / And what hurt me the most, nigga is how you did my brother Khaled / Nigga Khaled was loyal to you, nigga / The pain I seen in my brother’s eye, nigga / FaceTimin’ my nigga, nigga, he took that to the chin, nigga / That’s why my nigga blessed / That’s why my nigga Khaled blessed / You put my nigga in the hole, homie / I don’t feel you for that, my nigga / That shit hurt me, you under-dig? / Uh It’s painful what you see real niggas do when they get the paper / When they get the bag / You can’t never forget ’bout lil bruh and them / I’ll never forget ’bout lil bruh and them… this for lil bruh and them Stunna“
Rick Ross’ Rather You Than Me arrives March 17th.