Terror Squad leader Fat Joe has sided with Tony Yayo after the G-Unit member recently questioned comparisons of Rick Ross to the late Notorious B.I.G.
Unaware of Diddy‘s Ross comparison, Joe shared his thoughts on the Southern rapper.
“He said that? I don’t know man. Diddy‘s a smart guy and Rick Ross is smart guy, but I don’t think Ross wants to be Biggie. He can’t be Biggie. There’s no replacing Notorious. No disrespect to Ross’s talent though, because I think he’s one of the nicest rappers in the game. But they always compare new artists to the greats. I understand Diddy though, because I knew Biggie very well and I know Ross. They both are kind hearts and they have a similar aura and demeanor about them. They’re similar in that way.” (VIBE)
Recently, Yayo said no emcee could ever replace the late Biggie Smalls.
“I feel like when a n*gga gets to Forbes, a lot of sh*t he says is not wrong,” Yayo said about Diddy. “50, Jay, Diddy, I got respect for all three of them because once you make it to Forbes, you’re solidified. They were comparing 50 to Tupac during the time Get Rich or Die Tryin’ came out and he said ‘It’s an honor — but I could never walk in that man’s shoes.’ Rick Ross could never, never walk in Biggie Smalls’ shoes and it’s no disrespect to Diddy. Biggie is my favorite rapper, hands down. When I heard that, I got kinda appalled.” (Forbez DVD)
Last month, Junior M.A.F.I.A. member Lil Cease co-signed the comparisons.
“As far as with Ross, it’s the delivery,” Cease said in an interview. “He’s lyrically hands-on. Just his whole swag, to me, he’s just the dude. That big black dude. Every time I see him, he gives the feel of just B.I. Just his whole swag too. He’s got that confidence that B.I. had. B.I. was real confident. No matter how he looked, he would say it in rhymes: ‘Fat, black and ugly as ever.’ That’s one of the most quoted lines. It didn’t do nothing for him but make him a better person. Ross got that same swag. He knows he’s dope. Then when you getting the best of the best co-signing you, it makes you go harder. I feel he made three dope albums. He can get that Big effect where he’s consistent with it. A lot of his material is just dope music. You can’t knock him at the end of the day. Whether you want to compare him to Big or not, he’s a dope artist.” (MTV)
In January, Puff described how Ross resembled his late Bad Boy artist.
“Oh y’all ain’t hear the second verse,” Diddy said about Ross’ ‘Angels’ collaboration. “Yo, y’all gonna peep that when we world premiere that. I don’t know, I guess him and Biggie locked up in the room, even my man D Roc even said that. For my man D Roc to say that and co-sign it like ‘Yo, my man right there sounding like our homie.’ That right there is something special. That’s a mean co-sign, that’s a mean co-sign. I don’t know what was going on in the studio, the spirits were connecting but it’s official. It ain’t bootleg, it ain’t got no preservatives in it.” (Spliff TV)
Check out Tony Yayo speaking on the Rick Ross comparison below: