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Exclusive: Rick Ross explains his motivation behind "Idols Become Rivals"

Shaheem Reid

 // Mar 17, 2017

A heartfelt record can speak even louder than a hit record that makes the club or the stadium turn up. Rick Ross has the world talking his new song "Idols Become Rivals" off his just released Rather You Than Me. There, he gives an unapologetic and calm, yet scathing viewpoint on what he calls dirty business by Birdman.

Dirty business especially when it comes Bird's well-publicized fallout with Lil Wayne over tens of millions dollars and an obviously not-so-public but apparently not-so-amicable parting of ways with DJ Khaled.

Notable lyrics include:

"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?"

Rozay sat down with REVOLT, exclusively speaking on his motivation for authoring "Idols Become Rivals."

Real Talk | Rick Ross talks his relationship with Birdman and "Idols Become Rivals" track
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"That was basically me speaking my mind on that situation," the Boss explained. "Watching him come to the city, you know, embrace him. And then watch him do bad business with some of the homies from my city. Watch him be in red with some of my homies from my city. And that ain't the way it was designed to be. One of my good dudes, who we all know, wasn't supposed to suffer like that. And that's what put me in the location I was in."

As the track comes to a close, Ross delivers:

"Can't believe this shit, homie / I still love you, nigga / How the f--k, 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?"

Last night in Austin, Texas, Ross performed for the first time since Rather You Than Me dropped. Although Ross didn't perform the "Idols.." record, he did touch on it, hollering "Free Weezy" during a couple of breaks in his set.

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