Rick Ross Says He Is 'One of the Biggest Ghostwriters in the Rap Game'

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Rick Ross on the set of the 'Neighborhood Drug Dealer' video shoot at Local Studio Sound Stage on May 26, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Rick Ross’ agenda is never empty. The MMG Bawse has big plans to flood timelines with all things Rozay, as he detailed in a recent Time interview.

With his #RenzelRemixes mixtape dropping on Thanksgiving (Nov. 26) and his eighth studio effort, Black Market, dropping a week later on Dec. 4, Ross isn’t skimping on real talk for his upcoming release. He even dedicated an entire track to his role as a ghostwriter, aptly titled "Ghostwriter."

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“It most definitely made it a more personal record, it made it a more -- I don’t want to use the word serious, but more a topic-driven record,” he said. “I had a lot of time to just sit by myself, so I had a lot more things I wanted to address. That’s what I did on this LP. I spoke on different things. One of them goes by the name of 'Ghostwriter.' I finally wrote a record telling the way it feels for me to be a ghostwriter, and not only a ghostwriter, but one of the biggest in the rap game. Because of my own personal success I’ve always been able to keep that in the shadows. On this record, I just felt it was so current. It was needed.”

Ross also offered his two cents on the hot topic, which bubbled to the forefront of hip-hop conversation this past summer when his MMG signee, Meek Mill, took jabs at Drake for offering a verse on Meek's Dreams Worth More Than Money cut “R.I.C.O.” that was allegedly written by someone else.

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“If you’re a battle rapper on the block, the emcee battle challenger, not writing your rhymes could really hurt you,” Ross continues. “When you’re an artist where maybe the focus is really the talent and the different things you bring to the game, I believe it’s more understandable. Someone who may have another vision or just ideas that are priceless versus someone who’s like, 'I’m basing my entire career off the words I’m finna tell you right now over this 30-second period.' I’m not speaking to anybody in particular, but let’s say for instance if you was DMX and had a ghostwriter, it’d maybe change the [perception] versus if you was will.i.am. I think that’s more about the music, the records.”

He also discussed his love for pears, co-signing beards and writing his first film called G.A.B.O.S. — Game Ain’t Based on Sympathy. Read the full Q&A here.


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