If you ask Rick Ross fans to list their favorite verses from the Maybach Music Group frontman, most of them will mention his appearance in Kanye West’s “Devil In A New Dress.” The track, which appears on West’s 2010 album My beautiful dark twisted fantasywas an album standout and it was the one that came months after Ross released one of his best albums, teflon donation. During a recent appearance on LeBron James and Uninterrupted’s The shopwhich also featured Gunna, Las Vegas Aces player A’ja Wilson and United Master CEO Steve Stoute, Ross was asked about this verse and how it came together, and his answer is a answer you might not expect.
“As soon as I heard beat, I wrote a verse right there,” Ross said. “The verse you heard is not what it was [in the end]. I wrote a couple of verses right then and there just for Kanye to hear the vibe and I was like, ‘This is my verse here. This is the verse I want. He listened to it, left, came back an hour later like, ‘Rozay I know you…’”
Ross continued: “This is the first time anyone has said to Rozay, ‘I know you, you could go harder. Woah… Rozay isn’t used to this. This feeling of confusion. Ross added that it was a shock to basically hear that his verse wasn’t good enough for the song. “He comes back like, ‘Rozay, you know I know you. This verse right here you could -‘ and I looked at it [like] what? I could what? The comment seemed to ignite a fire under Ross. “Don’t even finish this,” he told Kanye. “Relax, come back and come see me. He closed the room, I said that crazy n****, and walked in immediately.
Ross says the moment is proof that Kanye is a great producer. “Without a doubt, he will definitely challenge you,” he said. “For me, being awesome and making sure everyone in the room with you [is] great, you have to make sure to challenge and not just accept.
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