Despite going head-to-head with his top artist, Rick Ross has discussed his admiration for Eminem and desire to appear on the rapper’s comeback album, Relapse.
While he recently said Eminem may be his next target, Ross declared his respect for the Shady Records label head.
“I’m a fan of Eminem,” he said in an interview. “I’m a fan first and foremost. But after defeating [50 Cent], my confidence is at an all-time high. Maybe before I wouldn’t have challenged him, but I’m contemplating it now…I think he’s a bigger and better artist than what Curly is. So if I was looking to fulfill that excitement or that rush, that’s who I have to address…I’m trying to be a part of [Relapse]. It’s either way. We gonna see each other one way or another.” (MTV)
Ross recently displayed his admiration for Em and Dr. Dre via his version of “Crack A Bottle.”
“Phony Yayo has officially checked into rehab,” Ross said in the song’s intro. “Lloyd Banks is dating Perez Hilton. He came outta the closet. Best time of my life/Gucci bourgeois pop a bottle/You know my motto, shake that b*tch from top to bottom/Hit the blunt and take a swallow/April 21 I take over the universe/I get more p*ssy than Curly Curtis just takin’ off my shirt/How ya love that, I know the h*es do/GG GG GGG-who/Them n*ggas h*es too/Them n*ggas finished before I can even end a sentence/Shout-out to Aftermath, I know it’s strictly business, Dre, send one of them beats to the South/Shout-out to Eminem, we workin’ in the future.” (Rap Musiq)
Em recently discussed his outlook on today’s hip-hop stars Lil Wayne and T.I.
“I stayed up on the music,” Em said in an interview. “And without naming any name, it just felt like hip-hop was going downhill…But with this new T.I. album, with this new Lil Wayne album of recent, it seems like things are looking a lot better now. You can appreciate Lil Wayne using different words to rhyme and actually rhyming words that you know. Or T.I., where you hear sh*t and you’re like Whoa, ah, I wish I would have thought of that! You know what I mean? Or you hear all the compound-syllable rhyming and all that. It just seems like now the craft is getting cared about more.” (XXL Magazine)
While an exact total has yet to emerge, Ross’ Deeper Than Rap is reportedly en route to sell up to 160,000 copies in its first week.
Miami rapper Rick Ross will top next week’s HITS Album Sales chart, with between 150-160k in sales for his third album, Deeper Than Rap, and first for his new Maybach Music Group through Def Jam after a pair for Slip-N-Slide. His last, the gold-certified Trilla, now over 700k, and his 2006 debut, Port of Miami, both debuted at #1. (Hits Daily Double)
Check out Ross speaking on Eminem below: