By Rob Markman
There have been a ton of big hip-hop collaborations, but if you let Rick Ross tell it, he’s holding on to the biggest rap team-up in recent memory. Who else, but the BAwse can get Jay-Z and Dr. Dre on one track. “You already know ‘3 Kings, ‘ I feel it’s the biggest collaboration in hip-hop. Not just this year, maybe previous years,” Rick Ross told MTV News on Tuesday from a hotel room in Washington D.C.
Landing either Dre or Jay on your track is a major statement in rap, and getting both of the rap titans to feature on a record at the same time is a rarity, but they don’t call Ross the Bawse for nothin’. “I got on the phone with Dre and we just talkin’ about collaborating and he was gonna come down to Miami for the first time to record with me in my element, in my zone,” Rozay said of the initial seed that was planted for “3 Kings.
After the phone call The Chronic super producer took his talents to South Beach to collaborate with Ross and even celebrate the Maybach Music CEO’s birthday in January. “He came to Miami. I walked in the studio, I seen big homey, I turnt up,” Ross recalled. “First night in the studio we went and did five records.”
With his Dr. Dre sessions already in the can, Ross called his old buddy Hov to put the finishing touches on the record that is set to appear in Rick Ross’ upcoming God Forgives, I Don’t album. “Jay-Z, that’s my big homey man and from day one anything I’ve ever asked O.G. for he always came through for me, so it’s vice-versa,” he said. “He got a gangsta right here for life.”
Ross signed to Def Jam in 2006, Jay was steering the ship sitting comfortably as the label’s president, and the two have collaborated on a few songs like Rozay’s “Hustlin'” remix and Kanye West’s unforgettable “Monster.” While their relationship goes back a few years, Ross could have been pushing his luck by asking the larger-than-life Jay to appear on “3 Kings.” Turns out the Roc Nation CEO had already recorded with Ross recently for a track that he hasn’t used yet. “Me and Jay had another record already recorded,” Ricky confirmed. “I’m pretty sure I’m one of the only people that could’ve called for another verse, before I put out the other record and get it done. I called him and let him know, ‘Man it’s the one.’
“We cooked up a masterpiece,” he continued. “This is a big joint right here.”
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