Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather has blasted Diddy‘s recent co-sign of Rick Ross as an artist capable of becoming the next Biggie Smalls.
While not dissing Ross, Mayweather said his former rap rival could not match the late rapper’s legacy.
“I hear lately that Puff Daddy has been saying Rick Ross is the next Biggie Smalls. That’s not true,” Mayweather said in an interview. “He’s a good artist but he’s not the next Biggie Smalls. There’s only one Biggie and there’s only one Pac. The thing is this, rap is story telling. It’s not true. If somebody had those many guns, done that much killing or sold that much work or hustled that much, of course they would be in prison.” (All Hip Hop)
Last January, Puff described how Ross’ rap flow reminded him of 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 Hen Roc even said that. For my man Hen 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)
The “Boss” later responded to Diddy’s comparison of himself to B.I.G.
“Yeah, that’s big,” Ross told DJ Envy referring to the co-sign. “That’s most definitely big, but I want New York City, I’ll never get it twisted, the magic that Notorious B.I.G. created could never be duplicated. That most definitely was my mentor, that’s who music I wrote to the most. Hearing that come from Diddy himself is big and it’s inspiration to keep making hot music.” (Power 105.1)
Despite differences in the past, Ross recently said his beef with Mayweather was over.
“Yeah, bumped into Floyd Mayweather,” Ross said. “Most definitely. We chopped it up like G’s and after a discussion, we shook hands. So that’s squashed. It’s a new year, it’s time to get new money. Y’all know what it is. I kept it 1,000.” (MTV)
Check out past footage of Rick Ross speaking on Floyd Mayweather, Jr. below: