Currently, one of the larger ongoing debates in hip hop is whether an individual should choose dinner with JAY-Z or $500,000 if given the choice. On Monday (Oct. 23), Rick Ross decided to join in on the conversation, and he made it clear that he would sit down with the Roc Nation billionaire. As far as why, the Miami talent recounted a pivotal moment from earlier in his career.

“I’ma take the dinner and I’ma tell you why,” Ross began in a video posted to his Instagram Stories. “In ’08, when I turned in my second album, I had a meeting with Hov. We went to lunch. Philippe Chow, Manhattan. The orange chicken on the stick with the peanut sauce was the vibe at the time.”

Rozay continued, “He said, ‘Rozay, versus writing to every beat you like, write to every record you could make work.’ He told me a quick story about ‘Big Pimpin’.’ I said, ‘Okay, bet.’ I went from writing one record to every 80 beats I like to writing 40 records out of every 80 beats I could make work. It took me to another level as a writer, another level as an artist. The amount of work I was putting out was next level. So you gotta ask yourself, are you ready to digest the knowledge or you just want to look at his watch at the table?”

Interestingly enough, JAY-Z was asked about said debate during an interview with CBS News correspondent Gayle King. As REVOLT reported, the Brooklyn legend felt differently than his former artist. “You gotta take the money. What I’mma say?” the Blueprint artist stated. “You’ve got all that in the music for $10.99. Because you got all that in the music for $10.99. That’s a bad deal. I wouldn’t tell you to cut a bad deal. Like, take the $500,000, go buy some albums, and listen to the albums. It’s all there.”