Rick Ross: The High Cost Of Being Boss

For Dream Team Don, Rick Ross, the vision is most definitely alive;

and everybody is trying to get a piece of it. From threats of losing

his rap identity, to haters in the twitterverse, the Teflon Don handles it

all with a thick puff of smoke. He exhales deeply. AllHipHop caught up with

Ricky Rosay on the set of yet another video shoot where he’s featured,

this time Marques Houston’s “Pulling On Her Hair.” The video was directed by Chris Stokes, former mastermind of B2K. Ross

took a few minutes to chop it up between takes.

AllHipHop.com: So you’re under Diddy’s management now?

Rick Ross: Yeah….we partnered up...Doin some big things.

AllHipHop.com: I saw you on the carpet at the BET Awards, you had a nice

statement going on with your look. What kind of statement were you

trying to make?

Rick Ross: I was just a hot sunny LA day. I was smoked out, rocking a

white tee, some Levi’s jeans, and some dope sneakers. I’m in my own

little space, and it feels good. That’s what I was doing, I was just

really letting em know, I’m at home right here.

AllHipHop.com: I heard there’s a rumor that you’re changing your name to Ricky Rozay?

Rick Ross: Naw….that ‘s my twitter name, so hit me up on twitter

@RickyRozay. I just got on Twitter so shout out to all my followers.

AllHipHop.com: Speaking of name changes, is the whole situation with

Freeway Ricky Ross posing a problem with you?

Rick Ross: Naw…we just gonna let the people deal with that. It’s like

owning a restaurant, your gonna have a few slip and falls. You get

lawsuits, you deal with them, and get them out your way…sometimes you


AllHipHop.com: How did the collaboration with you and Marques Houston come about?

Rick Ross: He sent me the record, I was in the studio cookin Teflon

Don, and I played it on the big speakers and was like this s*** is

heat! I wanted to be on it. I wrote the rhyme right there, recorded

it, sent it back, and here we are.

AllHipHop.com: People seem to come to you for hits, what’s your magic formula?

Rick Ross: We just do what we do, make it look good, and we have fun

while we doin it.

AllHipHop.com: How do you outdo yourself every album?

Rick Ross: It’s just about being creative, being flyer than you were

yesterday. I wake up and try to do that. You got to switch the color

of the stones up sometimes, go to new heights, you got to go above and

beyond the lames…it makes for great television.

AllHipHop.com: Anything in the future of television, movies for you?

Rick Ross: Most def…its some things on the table. By me having F. Gary

Grey direct "Super High," he’s the biggest director in Hollywood. I

thought that was a great way for me to be introduced to Hollywood.

AllHipHop.com: What would be your ideal role?

Rick Ross: Somewhere I can smoke good green, make a lot of money, and

put a lot of different brothas in power.

AllHipHop.com: People love you, but also love to hate you. Why do you think

people love to hate Rick Ross?

Rick Ross: 'Cause I’m No. 1.