Rick Ross is going to constantly remind Birdman about his money problems and legal situation with Lil Wayne until he pays up.
The latest jab comes from Renzel’s Snapchat, responding to an AllHipHop report (via The Blast) that Birdman is selling his Miami mansion on Palm Island. Stunna bought the 19,000 sq. ft. mansion for $14.5 million in 2012, which was once owned by former Rockstar Energy CEO Russell Weiner and Scott Storch.
In his Snap, Ross breaks down the logic behind Birdman’s purchase. He allegedly took out a loan in 2015 for $12 million from a company named Easy Money EMG that's based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He put the mansion as a collateral for the loan.
“You ain’t have no money in six-seven years, n***a. You should have came and borrowed some from Rozay. Now you want to fuck that old lady life up too. You probably borrowing some money from her,” Ross says.
“I might go buy that house on the water,” he adds. “Just to keep my boat at it. I won’t even stay there, that shit is too small.”
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Earlier this year, Ross called out Birdman for not paying Lil Wayne and countless other Cash Money producers on “Idols Become Rivals.” He hasn’t stopped spreading the message, urging Birdman to “pay that man.” And this is after Birdman exploded on Instagram Live about all the chatter surrounding him and Weezy, telling his followers about their history and that he’ll make sure he’s “straight” when the timing is right.
If Birdman can’t pay for his mansion, what makes us think he can pay Wayne’s $51 million lawsuit?
To mark the release of his new Rihanna and Bryson Tiller collaboration “Wild Thoughts,” DJ Khaled dropped by TheBreakfast Club Friday morning to discuss his upcoming album Grateful and to shed more light on the story behind Rick Ross' Birdman diss song, “Idols Become Rivals.” Khaled, who's mentioned at the end of the Rather You Than Me single, said he still appreciates the opportunities Birdman gave him. As for Cash Money business dealings, Khaled declined to elaborate.
“You know, Ross is my brother since, like, day one,” Khaled said when asked how he felt the first time he heard Ross' track. “That's family. Me and him come from the bottom, the mud to marble floors. When he shouted me out on that record, that's what you call a real friend, family…loves me and I love him back. Me and him are, like, forever. Music or no music. It's Khaled and Ross forever, meaning that's my brother. I appreciate the love and shout-out.”
What Ross was expressing in that shout-out, Khaled said, was that he's a good and grateful person. “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 said. “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.'”
Asked specifically about Birdman, Khaled took the high road. “Birdman, that's my friend,” he said. “I wanna be clear. As far as anybody that has a situation, I pray and I hope that people can talk to each other and work things out. Birdman, all that is is, you know, at one point I just moved on with We the Best. I got nothing but love for Birdman. They gave me an opportunity. I appreciate every opportunity that's ever given to me. It doesn't matter what happens to the opportunity, it's an opportunity. It's an opportunity and I’m grateful for that.” Back in March, a theory about Khaled's “they” being a Birdman reference caught fire.
Khaled also praised Birdman and Cash Money's legacy, telling the Breakfast Club team he hoped that “all that stuff” would be solved one day. “I don't discuss business,” he said. “But at the end of the day, me and them are good.”
Watch the full DJ Khaled x Breakfast Club interview, including some fatherhood talk and plenty of Grateful insight, above.
Rick Ross recently stopped by the Complex office for a session of Complex Live where he chopped it up with Speedy about plans for Port of Miami 2 and working with Chris Rock.
It sounds like those waiting on the sequel to Ross' debut album won't have to wait till long as the veteran MC said Port of Miami 2 may come this year, which could potentially mark the second time he's dropped two albums in one year.
Earlier this year, Ross droppedRather You Than Me, which featured a number of big name collaborations, none arguably bigger than Chris Rock. The legendary comedian popped up on two songs, and it turns out there's a lot more he said in the studio. “He went on a 20-minute rant,” Ross revealed. “I just took two lil' pieces out of it.” Definitely looking forward to what else Rock got off his chest.
Ross addressed his issues with Birdman, which he shared on wax in “Idols Become Rivals.” “A lot of people may have took that as a diss record, but for me, I hope homie took something from that, and I hope something good come from that.”
Billboard reportsMore Life earned 505,000 equivalent album units in the week that ended March 23, according to Nielsen Music. By comparison, it’s the biggest week for any album since Drake’s VIEWS, which earned 1.04 million units during the week ending on May 21, 2016.
Billboard also notes:
Of More Life’s starting sum, a record 257,000 units were driven by streaming equivalent album units, equating to 384.8 million streams of songs from the 22-track album during the tracking frame (each unit equals 1,500 streams of songs from the album).
More Life’s total streaming sum beat VIEWS, which debuted with 163,000 streaming equivalent units (245.1 million song streams).
Drake earned his seventh No. 1 album of his career, tying Kanye West and Eminem for the second most No. 1s among hip-hop artists. The three MCs are trailing behind Jay Z, who has 13 No. 1 albums.
In other chart news, Rick Ross’ Rather You Than Me enters at No. 3 with 106,000 units (70,000 in traditional album sales). Rather You Than Me is his largest sales sum since 2014’s Mastermind debuted at No. 1 with 179,000 copies sold.
Catch up on our review of More Life here, and our take on Rozay's “Idols Become Rivals” here.
When Rick Ross first started teasing the Birdman-dissing Rather You Than Me track “Idols Become Rivals,” he kept things vague. The track, he said just weeks before its release, was merely an open letter to “someone in the game.” When the song actually dropped, the vagueness was lifted. Ross' “Idols Become Rivals” directly addresses Birdman's financial disputes with Lil Wayne, at one point comparing the Cash Money co-founder to a Catholic priest.
In a new interview with Billboard, Ross explained why he went in on Birdman and revealed he's aware of the theory that DJ Khaled's “they” is actually a very specific reference to one person in particular. “You know, I just think it's so fucked up,” Ross told Billboard. “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 fucking 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.”
The real tragedy behind the situation, Ross toldBillboard, is that it keeps creatives from doing what they do best. “They supposed to be in the fucking [building], flipping over desks in those fucking offices, fighting to get money,” he said. “Not fucking 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.”
Speaking on Khaled, Ross said Birdman “really left [him] in the hole” financially. “I felt the pain, and it wasn't my money, but just by me watching and what took place and me being supportive, me being there for [Khaled], me being there for anything he needed, I was there for him,” Ross said. As for that “they” theory, Ross' response was perfect: “I know they don't want us to laugh at those,” he said. Peep the full interview here.
In 2015, DJ Khaled began his one-man war against “they.” At the time, no one really knew who he was referring to when he mentioned “they,” but according to Khaled, “they” didn't want you to have, or do, a damn thing. While celebrating the success of his 2014 single “Hold You Down,” Khaled broke it down simple and plain: “They don't want you to win. They don't want you to have the No. 1 record in the country. They don't want you get healthy. They don't want you to exercise. And they don't want you to have that view.” Hell, based on this collection of videos he posted on Snapchat, “they” don't even want you to have breakfast.
Now the timeline outlined above is crucial. In 2015, Khaled released his eighth studio album, I Changed a Lot. The project marked the end of a string of releases through We the Best/Cash Money; the three prior albums—2011's We the Best Forever, 2012's Kiss the Ring, and 2013's Suffering From Success—were all joint releases through Cash Money. And what was the lead single for I Changed a Lot? The smash hit “They Don't Love You No More,” which not only featured Jay Z but also had MMG capo Rick Ross and Meek Mill along for the ride. The French Montana-laced hook went “ever since a nigga hit the top/pussy niggas wanna see me in a box” and “should be your favorite, now you just hatin'.”
At the time, Khaled kept it cool. During a May 2015 visit to The Breakfast Club, he pointed out that he'd not been on Cash Money “for a minute,” saying he's “with We the Best. I promote them every day. I’m not signed to Cash Money at all… Lil Wayne and Birdman, that’s family to me. The world know that.” Elsewhere in the interview, when asked about Wayne and Birdman's beef, Khaled was neutral: “Lil Wayne is my brother. Birdman, that’s family. It’s not my business. I pray for greatness. Those two people know who I am; I don't get involved. I feel like people who comment, it’s not their business.”
Khaled said two real things there: “I don't get involved” and “everything is beautiful.” When Khaled talks about success, he's a true motivational speaker—there's a reason we had him and Tony Robbins together on a cover. He's not one to breed negativity on his social channels or with his overall message. In October 2015, when asked by The Breakfast Club if he was going to choose a side in the Drake/Meek Mill beef, Khaled expanded on his positive stance: “From the beginning of me coming in the game, I’ve always promoted unity by my records. If it becomes a situation where it gets a lot of heat involved, I’ll be the guy trying to resolve it. You’ll never hear me on both sides diss somebody.”
Since going viral, Khaled has been the guy who wants you to take the door off the hinges, rip the hinges off, and put them in the fuckboy's hands if they try to stop your progress. Take the fight to “they” by showing and proving, if you will. Does that manifest itself in, hypothetically speaking, Khaled and Birdman having a difference of opinions that leads to Khaled cutting ties with Cash Money, and going on a “they” campaign? Maybe. Could Ross have hit Khaled like, “I'm going to put xyz in a rhyme about you and Baby, you cool with that?” Maybe. Did Khaled OK it? Who knows.
Ultimately, this “they”-defining business is just the stuff of rap conversations. Twitter's having fun running with this theory (because rap Twitter can't resist an opportunity to joke with DJ Khaled), to the point where unraveling this story has pushed enjoying Ross' latest to the sidelines.
We reached out to a rep for Khaled for comment. But if Khaled's not here to speak negatively about anyone, especially people he considers family, we'll likely never know.