Maybach Music Group leader Rick Ross has weighed-in on the publicized dispute between his protégé Meek Mill and frequent collaborator Drake this past summer.
In Ricky Rozay’s perspective, there were no real losses in the one-sided beef.
“This is what you gotta realize. This is a career. Right now Meek Mill, I just got off the phone with him, right now he’s making some of the most powerful music he’s ever made. That’s what this does. That’s what I’m excited for. The next level. What’s next? The small talk’s over with. What’s next? That’s just what I tell the little homie, let’s get it and that’s what’s going to happen. The little homie was on tour getting money, getting real money, real money. I ain’t mad [at Drake making money], but what Meek come from, his story, coming up from the streets – got the baddest chick in the game, can’t put any more dates on the calendar. … Ain’t nobody get bodied. If you think that was bodied, ‘you’ bugging. That’s light work. We got more money we finna go get and it’s about music. … If you think Meek Mill through, you trippin’. The music the homie’s making, it’s a bomb and when it’s a bomb, y’all are gonna drop bombs on that.” (“The Breakfast Club”)
Recently, hip-hop star Game talked about the positive impact Meek and Drake’s feud had on the genre.
“I think it was good, man – and it should be fun,” Game said in an interview. “It could have been lyrical, a little bit more lyrical but for what it was, for the state of hip-hop, whenever one of those beefs comes through, not like me and 50 [Cent] with guns having to ring out, definitely not like Big and Pac where two emcees had to meet their demise because of some bullsh*t, the beef was dope. Meek’s still doing his thing, Drake is the number one guy in music now and so you just gotta respect that. I thought every moment of it was dope.” (AHH)
Last month, producer Jahlil Beats weighed-in on the Meek/Drake feud and speculated more battling would possibly come.
“I was hyped, I was like, ‘I got this beat. I sampled the Undertaker,’ he took it and did what he did with it. I was just like, the anticipation, sampling something like that, it would be a movie, like the entrance – Meek want that top spot just like everybody else wants that top spot. He wants that top spot, period. Even if it was Jay Z. … This is entertainment – it was necessary. Honestly, however it turns out, it’s not over. I’m not going to say it’s more coming but it’s not over. I don’t think it’s over. I know Meek Mill. I just feel like we made history. This is the first real beef in the social media age – with two top artists. Meek, coming off a number one album.” (CBS Radio’s Play.it)
Within his new The FADER cover feature, Drizzy admitted he knew his hard-hitting “Back to Back” anthem would make things tough for Meek.
It was then that he decided to just go ahead and do another song. “I was like, ‘I’m gonna probably just finish this.’ And I know how I have to finish it. This has to literally become the song that people want to hear every single night, and it’s gonna be tough to exist during this summer when everybody wants to hear [this] song that isn’t necessarily in your favor.” (The FADER)