“I’m a man and I stand my ground and I do my thing.” – Birdman
Rapper Rick Ross came for Birdman in his track, “Idols Become Rivals” today. The song is featured on the Maybach Music mogul’s ninth studio album, Rather You Than Me, which was released early Friday.
The album features a variety of features ranging from Nas to Future. But Ross decided to tackle “Idols Become Rivals,” with the exception of an introduction by Chris Rock, solo.
On the song, Ross echoes a claim made by a growing number of artists: that Cash Money Records allegedly doesn’t pay artists and producers their full royalties owed.
“Catholic record labels, n***as getting raped, boy/Birdman’s a priest, moans in his synagogue/Publishing is his sin, repent, forgive me, Lord,” Ross raps. Then he makes a reference, presumably referring to the Hot Boys, a rap group managed by Cash Money records in the 90s: “You stole them boys’ pub and bought a foreclosure/You would give use self-esteem and motivate our drive/But was in our pockets by the time we count to five.”
Ross doesn’t stop there. Channeling the ongoing beef between Birdman and Lil Wayne, he raps, “I pray you find the kindness in your heart for Wayne/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?”
Billboard reports that Birdman has since responded to Ross’ not-so-subliminal claims by saying, “I don’t get caught up in h*e s*** man. I just keep doing what I’m doing and keep pushing,” he told the publication. “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*** about: numbers and puttin’ them up.”
The track leaked yesterday and right after the world became aware of “Idols Become Rivals,” Ross took to Instagram and posted the following message: