New York rapper Lil Cease recently discussed the comparisons between Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj and the late Notorious B.I.G. and Lil Kim.
Cease said Ross’ flow reminded him of his late friend and said Nicki’s appeal resembled Kim.
“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…Nicki ain’t really got too much competition out there. Ain’t too many female rappers out there. But she’s a female, one that’s bringing the sex appeal back to it. No matter what Kim talked about, she had the appeal to it. Kim would dress up. She looked like a lady. Kim could rap about the hardest thing ever, but she would still dress up: hair done, she still got on the flyest stuff. Nicki is kinda taking it to that same mind frame. She’s having fun with it too.” (MTV)
Last 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 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)
Ross later said the co-sign served as motivation to keep making music.
“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)
Earlier this year, Lloyd Banks suggested Minaj’s style was influenced by Kim.
“[Laughs] Sheesh. I would go with Nicki right now,” he said in an interview. “Yeah, I like her as an artist. We came up in the same era, we were around the same age so I’m pretty sure one of her influences was probably Lil Kim and nothing is really reminding of the impact Kim had, since Nicki came. To have a concert and have a hundred Nickies in the front row… not too many new artists come and have a following like that. So you definitely have to acknowledge that.” (VIBE)
Check out Rick Ross speaking with SOHH below: