Wu-Tang Clan‘s Raekwon has publicly announced his approval of Rick Ross as one of the upcoming “greats” and described what makes the rapper different from most other new emcees.
In addition to speaking on Ross’ rap career, the Chef also spoke on the law enforcement controversy.
“I like Ross’ swag, I like his style,” Raekwon said in an interview. “He’s another one that reminds me of myself. A big fat n*gga that got a lot of good charisma. As far as him being one of the greatest emcees, I give him his little spot. To me, right about now, I look at n*ggas saying some sh*t. He say his little thing, I can appreciate what he’s saying so as far as the upcoming n*ggas that’s really making it happen, I consider him one of the great ones too. He get it in, he know how to rhyme. So I look at that as being great. He ain’t come in with the little baby rhymes, he came in to spit. My whole thing, if you was [a corrections officer], you was, you wasn’t, you wasn’t. If you was, it ain’t no reason to front, it’s like back in those times, a lot of brothers ain’t have jobs as it is. A C.O. ain’t necessarily a n*gga that’s a police officer, so a C.O. is just a n*gga that, he under the law where he gotta follow their rules but not really considered a cop. I know C.O.’s who run around, get drunk, carry guns and hold real n*ggas down in the street.” (Take This Serious)
Ross’ new album Deeper Than Rap was recently praised by rap stars including Kanye West.
“Rick’s album is the sh*t!!!!,” Ye wrote in his daily blog. “He made an album I can play in my apartment which is the highest honor I can give any piece of music. TV On The Radio, Pink Floyd and the new Rick Ross album!” (Kanye’s Blog)
Former G-Unit associate Bang Em Smurf previously spoke out against the public’s image of Ross as a corrections officer.
“Shout-out to the boss man, there’s a lot of sh*t going on about this C.O. sh*t and homie being a C.O. back in the day,” Smurf said in a video. “I don’t give a f*ck about none of that ’cause at the end of the day, Dr. Dre was a she-thing, a drag queen…I got some gangsters that’s C.O.’s from my hood…and they get busy. At the end of the day, I bang with a few C.O.’s, not every C.O. but I got a few I did. And Ross a real n*gga, by the way. He kept his word a hundred with me from day one.” (Worldstarhiphop)
Despite engaging in a rap beef with 50 Cent and G-Unit earlier this year, Ross’ new album debuted at No. 1 this month and remains on the charts.
The “Boss” Rick Ross’ Deeper Than Rap dropped out of both the Top 10 and Top 20 sliding 13 spots to No. 22 with 19,800. After five weeks on shelves, the Miami rapper’s third No. 1 release has sold 290,300 copies. (Sales Wrap)
Check out Raekwon’s interview below: