Producer DJ Toomp recently discussed the creation of Rick Ross‘ “Valley of Death” track and he revealed that both Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige were initially chosen for the Miami rapper’s hit song.
Claiming Ross won the track by hearing it before Jay, Toomp explained how the track landed on the rapper’s new album.
“I heard the whole idea and originally I was gonna give that to Jay-Z, believe it or not,” he explained. “We went to Ross’ crib in Atlanta. I played that beat and he lost his mind. I played a few beats, but that particular one, he was like, ‘That’s it, man.’ We was just kicking it…I didn’t know what happed to [Mary J. Blige.] In some way I wanted to work with Mary, that would have been great, man, to know I got Mary J. on one of my tracks.” (MTV)
The record recently struck a cord with Trick Daddy who is mentioned in a negative light.
“Caught a little case, buddy had a little cheddar,” Ross raps on “Valley of Death.” “Pled out to 15, poured his life in a letter/ Very first line he called Trick Daddy stupid/ Said he had AIDS telling people that it’s lupus/ Not the one just to jump to conclusions/ I’m getting money, small talk can be a nuisance.” (Rap Radar)
Ross also used the track to explain his role as a corrections officer in the mid-1990’s.
“I’m bigger than a title, bigger than a name,” Ross raps. “You can label me the biggest label in the game. Put food on the table, fed the whole city…Call your boy a C.O./But if I really was, wouldn’t all these n*ggas undercover be f*cking n*ggas up/Keep it trilla, n*gga never had a gun and badge/Kept a nice watch, smokin’ on a hundred sack…And I got two kids, and for me to feed ‘em I did two gigs/I shoveled sh*t/I C.O.’ed, so we could bow our head and pray over the meatloaf/I’m lookin’ at the big picture/Keep a b*tch with cha/Tryin’ to get a bit richer.” (“Valley of Death”)
DJ Toomp is known for working with a variety of rap stars.
Toomp’s credits include T.I.‘s “What You Know,” Kanye West‘s “Can’t Tell Me Nothin’ and “Good Life,” The Game‘s “House of Pain,” Rick Ross’ “White House” and Young Buck‘s “Pocket Full of Paper.” (Absolute Astronomy)