Shots fired. Rick Ross takes lyrical aim at Birdman on “Idols Become Rivals” from his forthcoming ninth album, Rather You Than Me.
Rapping over a sample of Camilo Sesto’s “Agua De Dos Rios,” which was famously used on Jay Z’s Beanie Sigel-assisted “Where Have You Been,” Rozay addresses his former idol.
“Rap game, so much fuck shit done,” he raps. “That’s why this .45 in my Trukfit trunks / Fuck a skateboard, I went and got a Wraith, boy / Catholic record labels, ni**as gettin’ raped, boy / Birdman’s a priest, moans in his synagogue / Publishin’ is a sin, repent, forgive me, Lord.”
A large portion of the song is devoted to Lil Wayne and other artists who’ve accused Birdman of withholding money. “I pray you find the kindness in your heart for Wayne,” he adds. “His entire life, he gave you what there was to gain / I watched this whole debacle so I’m part to blame / Last request, can all producers please get paid?”
While turning pages in the booth, Rozay seems to lament his decision to release the song. “Damn, Stunna, I hate it came to this,” he says, before directly referencing the Cash Money mogul’s Palm Avenue mansion in Miami Beach, which was once owned by Scott Storch.
“You stole them boys’ pub and bought a foreclosure,” he raps. “Scott Storch demons in it, which is more poison.” Elsewhere, he adds: “Shots fired, home invasion out on Palm Ave. / Red beam detonators, who the bomb now? / Look you in your eyes, ni**a, ‘fore I say good night / And pray that Mannie Fresh will get to see the light.”
At the end of the song, Rozay adds DJ Khaled to the mix. “What hurt me the most, ni**a, is how you did my brother Khaled, ni**a,” he says. “Khaled was loyal to you, ni**a. The pain I seen in my brother’s eye, ni**a, FaceTimin’ my ni**a. Ni**a, he took that to the chin, ni**a. That’s why my ni**a blessed. That’s why my ni**a Khaled blessed. You put my ni**a in the hole, homie.”
In the past, Ross appeared to diss Birdman on his Black Market song “Color Money,” when he rapped about Drake: “I got more money than that pussy that you’re signed to.”
After an apparent reconciliation between Baby and Wayne, Ross mocked the reunion. “Them ni**as kiss and they made up,” he said on Snapchat. “Fuck ni**as wanna hit me / Fuck, ni**a, come get me / Pussy ni**as ain’t wit me.”
In May of 2016, Birdman opened up about his relationship with Ross. “Me and Ross was like brothers everyday, hanging together,” he said at the time. “They one of the reasons we came to Miami, because them ni**as embraced us so strong when we came out here. I don’t know what his call was to even get into me and my son business. [Wayne’s] my son…That shit gonna work itself out. I have the utmost respect for Ross. We come up and I taught him a lot of game in this shit. He watched my pimpin’ and did his own thing with it being a hustler, but it threw me off.”
“Idols Become Rivals” is a cut off Rick Ross’ forthcoming ninth album Rather You Than Me, which drops Friday. It features the previously-unveiled “Dead Presidents” (featuring Future, Jeezy, and Yo Gotti), “She On My Dick” (with Gucci Mane), and “Trap Trap Trap” (featuring Young Thug and Wale).
UPDATE: Rick Ross has addressed “Idols Become Rivals,” with a message to Lil Wayne.
“The Level of respect and Love that I have for WAYNE makes it hard to sit back and not speak on the situation,” Rozay wrote on Instagram. “The streets need you.Being a Boss means having the courage to say the things everybody thinking but scared to say.I can’t wait for you to hear it.”
Tunechi saw the message and responded on Twitter. “dam big bro that msg hit me in the heart and put the motivation on automatik start,” he replied. “I needed that. 1 boss 2 another.”