Rick Ross is one of the most well-known rappers in hip-hop, as well as one of the wealthiest. Rick Ross raised a sensible topic recently. Rick Ross compares Nipsey Hussle & Young Dolph’s deaths to Tupac Shakur & Notorious B.I.G..
Rick Ross recently released his latest album, Richer Than I Ever Been, as well as the deluxe edition, which was released earlier this month. HNHH caught up with Ross for an exclusive interview shortly before the deluxe edition was released, addressing everything from the beautifully picked musicians with whom he cooperated on the tracklist to the meaning of the Promised Land, and more.
The death of Young Dolph, only weeks before the album’s release, was devastating news from Memphis. The Memphis-based artist was assassinated just days before his community’s annual Thanksgiving drive. Fans wept, while his contemporaries, including Rick Ross, paid respect throughout the timeline.
Ross had collaborated with Dolph on the “Preach (Remix)” in 2015, and the two had known each other for years. As he does with most musicians he perceives as having potential, Ross took him under his wing. He had a similar relationship with Nipsey Hussle, who died in 2019. Ross had early talks with Nip set MMG about signing him. While such negotiations did not result in a transaction, they remained close until Nipsey’s death.
The rapper underlined the significance of their deaths to the culture at large, equating Dolph and Nipsey’s deaths to Tupac and Biggie’s deaths when he was growing up.
“Losing Nipsey and Dolph for this generation, I’m sure, was just as equivalent or greater to what BIG or Pac was for my generation.”
His friendship with Dolph and Nipsey gave him an inside look into the empires they were constructing from the ground up. He explained recalling stepping into Marathon Clothing when it was simply a warehouse.
“And me personally knowing those two brothas, I saw their vision.”
“I got to sit with Nipsey when it was just a shallow warehouse. He had a vision, I’m back six months later, and the merchandise is in the storeman, the conversations we had they went on for years. Whether it was just us being business partners, on the same label, MCs, entrepreneurs, and [discussing] what’s our next moves in buying s***.”
“And then, seeing Dolph and meeting him running around as a young n***a in Memphis. I got so much family in Memphis, and I show love to the little homies, but it’s f***ed up when you see this great loss. But this generation got to make sure that they take from that and learn from that.”
Rick Ross was really devasted by losing his buddies, but life has to go on. Rick Ross’s albums are firing in the industry. Hope to hear more soon. For further updates stay tuned to Thirsty.
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