Rick Ross fired shots with his song “Idols Become Rivals.” If you’ve never heard it before, the title will probably give away what it’s about: another beef in the hip hop industry.
In this case, Rick Ross stepped into a relationship between Birdman, DJ Khaled, and Lil’ Wayne, trying to defend them against Birdman. But now DJ Khaled has spoken out about how he really feels about his relationship with Birdman, and it seems that Ross may have spoken about something he didn’t entirely understand.
Ross vs. The People
You know when you start to hype a song up before it’s even released, you must really believe in what you have to say. That’s what Rick Ross did with his track, “Idols Become Rivals,” even though he kept things vague at first about the Birdman diss track. Instead of being specific about who the track was about, he simply said that it was an open letter to “someone in the game.”
The minute that the song came out, it became perfectly clear that it was actually about Birdman. Specifically, the song was about Birdman’s relationship with Lil Wayne and DJ Khaled, and even compared the Cash Money co-founder to a Catholic priest.
Ross recently did an interview with Billboard and opened up about why he decided to fire shots at Birdman. He spoke about the theory that DJ Khaled’s “they” is actually a thinly-veiled reference to Birdman.
He said to Billboard, “You know, I think it’s so f**ed up. Us seeing Lil Wayne’s [situation] and suffering from that, I think we kind of all got used to it. I think the culture has f**king accepted that Wayne would not put out another album. And that’s not the way the game [should be]. That’s not the way we designed this. That’s not the way this is supposed to be.”
He went on to add, “They supposed to be in the f**king [building], flipping over desks in those f**king offices, fighting to get money. Not f**king suing each other, fighting lawsuits and everybody starving. Not putting out music, not being creative. Us not doing what we came here for. There’s nothing more I hate than that—us not doing what we came here for.”
Khaled & Rozay
Even though Ross stepped in to stick up for DJ Khaled, Khaled has recently opened up that he actually doesn’t feel any bad blood toward Birdman.
He recently did an interview with Power 105’s The Breakfast Club and put it all on the table about his experiences with Birdman, even though he said he was grateful to get a shoutout on the track.
He called Ross a “true friend,” saying that he and Ross were people who came from “the mud to marble floors.” “He was basically expressing ‘Khaled’s a hard worker, he a good person, he a grateful person, and everybody he’s ever dealt with, he’s always been good and he never complain,’” Khaled explains. “Ross is basically saying, ‘Khaled, he don’t complain. He keep it moving.’ I think y’all know me as a person. Y’all never heard me come and talk about people and stuff like that. He’s basically saying, ‘Yo, Khaled, You blessed. Keep winning. Don’t stop.’”
But he said he’s also on good terms with Birdman.