Exclusive: Kool G Rap Says Rick Ross Ties Are Deeper Than Rap
Tuesday, Nov 9, 2010 3:10PM
After recently generating buzz for his Rick Ross collaboration for the Albert Anastasia EP, SOHH hit up hip-hop legend Kool G Rap to find out how he hooked up with "The Boss."
Recognizing their pairing as coincidental, Kool G revealed that he almost embarked on a business venture with Ross.
"As far as my relationship with Rick Ross, that just happened, that's how it built," Kool G told SOHH. "Both of our managers bumped heads and they got to talking about who they represent and it was a mutual level of respect on both sides. So when Ross' people reached out to him about G Rap, I guess his eyes lit up and vice versa. It was supposed to expand further into a business venture, but, it didn't materialize. So we did a couple collabos together." (SOHH)
Kool G also discussed his interest in working with emcees beyond the East Coast.
"I don't do nothing regional," Kool G added. "I don't just try to keep things New York or East Coast, I was always a cat that could move around. On my past albums, I even left New York and recorded stuff in Cali. I've done records with artists like Scarface, Bushwick Bill on my albums and then I have Big Daddy Kane. So it's not like I try to stay in a certain area or part of the country, none of that. I never got done like that." (SOHH)
Last year, Ross also received a heavy co-sign from Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon.
"I like Ross' swag, I like his style," Raekwon said in an interview. "He's another one that reminds me of myself. A big fat n*gga that got a lot of good charisma. As far as him being one of the greatest emcees, I give him his little spot. To me, right about now, I look at n*ggas saying some sh*t. He say his little thing, I can appreciate what he's saying so as far as the upcoming n*ggas that's really making it happen, I consider him one of the great ones too. He get it in, he know how to rhyme. So I look at that as being great. He ain't come in with the little baby rhymes, he came in to spit." (Take This Serious)
Recently, the rap legend informed SOHH of his plans to drop a new album called Riches, Royalty & Respect next year.
"This [album] is G Rap in 2010 and basically this album is about G Rap being a little more expressive than I normally do on any of my projects," G told SOHH. "So this is G Rap and pieces of G Rap and not every song is related to real life incidents, I was creative too, but this is the first album where you can find a trace of that. I got [producer] Supa Dave for a few tracks. Supa Dave did a good four or five tracks on the album. We did the collab thing on a good portion of the album." (SOHH)
Check out Rick Ross & Kool G Rap's "Knife Fight" below: