Rick Ross spent a good part of 2015 under house arrest, beefing with 50 Cent, and dropping tons of new music. And he capped off the year with the release of his eighth studio album, Black Market. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, the “biggest boss” opens up about his 75-pound weight loss, his Donald Trump diss on “Free Enterprise,” Drake vs. Meek Mill, and why his rival 50 Cent took a major L last year.
He also gushes over Adele, whose hit “Hello” he remixed for Renzel Remixes. He dreams of someday collaborating with the British powerhouse, and if and when that day comes, he already has a song picked out (“Maybach Music V”?). “I’ve got a beat ready for her if I ever run across her,” he said of the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League-produced track.
Read highlights from Rozay’s candid interview below.
On dissing Trump (“I’ll assassinate Trump like I’m Zimmerman”): “I would never advocate violence on Trump or anyone. It’s lyrical assassination. That’s me being a poet, putting words together in my art form, with no violence in my heart at all. Clarify that. Matter of fact, my cameraman was Trump’s caddy at his golf course for five years, and he says Trump is cool as fuck.”
On Adele: “I love Adele. When I see her, I may kiss Adele. She speaks for so many people. When I hear her voice, I stop and make that face and say, ‘What the fuck, man?’ I just gaze off into the sky for a second and think creatively. Even someone like myself, who’s not working toward being the most beautiful voice in the world, has to recognize it.”
On his weight loss: “I’ve lost maybe 70 or 75 pounds. I do my ‘RossFit’—that’s CrossFit mixed with a blunt or two. I still eat my Wingstop, but I got rid of a lot of the soda and the rice and all that nonsense.”
On Drake vs. Meek Mill: “You know, I didn’t like it, but I’ve seen worse. I’m glad they kept it relatively smooth. As a fan, I always enjoyed beef—not the loss of B.I.G. and Tupac, but the competition.”
On rival 50 Cent: “At this point, my relationship with Curtis is really amusing, due to the fact that I’m the biggest L he ever took. I’m still enjoying life. My kids love me. I’m blessed. And when it comes to Curtis, it’s just unfortunate. I’m not happy that his boxing company went under. I’m not happy that his clothing company went under. I’m not happy his record label went under. I’m not happy that he went bankrupt. I’m not happy that he doesn’t have a relationship with his son. That’s not something to be happy about. But to see him parading around, still able to hold his head up every day, with all of that weighing on him — that makes me happy. I admire him for being able to hold his head up in a city that has revoked all of his passes. We’ve had a quite enjoyable past, and I still smile when I see him.”