News: Rap Legend Surprises Rick Ross: "From The Music To The Fashion To The Way You Carried Yourself, It Was Always Just Don Status"

Thursday, Aug 2, 2012 8:21AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Maybach Music Group leader Rick Ross received a pretty interesting treat this week when hip-hop pioneer Eric B. surprised the "Boss" during an interview.

Shocked by the veteran producer's presence, Ricky Rozay explained how much of an impact he has had on him.

The stoic MMG boss grinned ear-to-ear, his grizzly beard parting ways to reveal a pearly white smile. After he stood up to greet the man whom he admired as a youngster, Rozay paid homage. "From the music to the fashion to the way you carried yourself, it was always just Don status," he told Eric B., who dropped his debut album Paid in Full alongside Rakim in 1987. "From my wardrobe today, all your LP covers still inspire what I do today. Paid in Full, that's #1." (MTV)

On Ricky Rozay's new "Ten Jesus Pieces" anthem, he pays homage to Eric B.

"I do this for my n*ggas facin' hard times," Ross raps on the God Forgives, I Don't record. "Can't do this if you on the corner hustlin' part-time/ Ten chains, Eric B." ("Ten Jesus Pieces")

In June, Eric B.'s former righthand man Rakim revealed plans to re-release their iconic Paid in Full album.

Eric B. and Rakim have plans to re-release their classic album, Paid in Full. Rakim made that clear in an interview with AllHipHop this past weekend, following his performance with The Roots for their Roots Picnic 2012 event in Philadelphia. "We got the 25th anniversary of the Paid in Full album we about to release as well," Ra told the hip-hop website. "It's going to be a couple of new treats on that." (XXL Mag)

Eric B. and Rakim's album is most known for helping push hip-hop's boundaries.

Paid In Full is routinely mentioned as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time and announced the emergence of legendary rhymer Rakim, who's gift for wordplay elevated the art of emceeing seemingly overnight. The album is also credited with popularizing James Brown samples, which would become a hip hop staple well into the mid-1990s. (Hip Hop Blog)

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