In March, Rick Ross‘ Rather You Than Me cut “Idols Become Rivals” caused a stir when the MMG boss detailed his rocky relationship with Birdman, accusing the Cash Money Records founder of doing Lil Wayne and DJ Khaled dirty, while also not paying others.
“I grew up on that Cash Money/ “Bling Bling” was well-known to flash money,” Ross rapped on the track. “I used to see you n—-s on my TV screen/ And wonder what was life like, was it all a dream/ And then I met you out on Live Nation dates/ Came to the realization that your watch was fake/ Damn, you nearly broke my heart/ I thought you n—-s really owned them cars.”
For the music video, released Wednesday (June 14), a powerful sermon about choosing God over money opens the clip (instead of the Chris Rock intro like the album version) before transitioning into scenes of Rozay at his estate (otherwise known as the 302-acre, 104-room “Promise Land”), on top of his whip with Belaire bottles and rapping inside of a church. The camera also cuts to record plaques of DJ Khaled, who is referenced on the track; Bangladesh, a producer who allegedly hasn’t been paid for Lil Wayne’s “A Milli”; L.A. Reid’s book Sing to Me following the exec’s recent exit from Epic Records; and what looks like a contract with the Cash Money dollar sign symbol at the top being burned.
Ross told Billboard in February that the song was “basically me writing a letter to someone in the game that I looked up to damn near the most and I hate what things have come to.” Birdman’s response to Ross’ claims was simply, “I don’t get caught up in hoe sh-t, man. I just keep doing what I’m doing and keep pushing. I don’t get caught up in that, I don’t play like that. I’m a man and I stand my ground and I do my thing. Numbers don’t lie, and that’s all I give a f–k about: numbers, and puttin’ them up.”
Watch the video below.