News: Rick Ross Reveals Motivation Behind Kanye West "Live Fast" Collabo

Monday, Jul 5, 2010 11:55PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Miami rapper Rick Ross has opened up about, "Live Fast, Die Young," his recent collaboration with Kanye West.

Writing via Twitter, Ricky Rozay shared his thoughts on the track's title.

"i love the title "live fast,die young"...b/c when you love someone,who is taken from you...regardless of age,they were taken too soon!!," he wrote Monday (July 5) night. (Rick Ross' Twitter)

The track originally leaked as a preview before fully being released online last Thursday (July 1).

Kanye West continues his furious comeback, this time with a guest turn on Rick Ross' "Live Fast," a track from the Miami rapper's upcoming Teflon Don album. West delivers a super-boastful verse, matching the tone and aggression he rapped with on his most recent number, "Power." A snippet of the track was first made available on Thursday (July 1) -- before the entire song leaked later in the day -- through a preview of Ross-go-to-director Spiff TV's Teflon Don: The Bossumentary. Spiff TV is the man behind many of Rozay's viral Web videos. (MTV)

Following Ross' verse, West gives 16 bars speaking on his fast life.

"To all my young ladies to Driving Miss Daisy's," West raps, "Driving me crazy, rock the beat baby/I'm about to 'err!', see, heat up the pavement/I don't give an 'err!', baby, he crazy/I'm back by unpopular demand/Least you still poppin' in Japan/Shoppin' in Milan, hopping out the van/Screams from the fans, 'Yeezy, we always knew you'd be on top again!'" ("Live Fast, Die Young")

In a new documentary, West shares his admiration for Ross.

"I just remember Ross had so many verses," West said. "When I started hearing the records come out, I always felt a connection, 'cause I felt like we came from similar places and we paid so many dues. We all had ups and downs in our lives and sh--. And now, this is the highest caliber you can get to, you know what it is. And it didn't happen overnight, it's 10, 15, 20 years in the making." (Teflon Don: The Bossumentary)

Rick Ross' Teflon Don is set to drop Tuesday, July 20th.

Check out Rick Ross & Kanye West's "Live Fast, Die Young" below:

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