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 hes featured,
this time Marques Houstons 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 youre under Diddys 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 Levis jeans, and some dope sneakers. Im in my own
little space, and it feels good. Thats what I was doing, I was just
really letting em know, Im at home right here.
AllHipHop.com: I heard theres a rumor that youre 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. Its 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, whats 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: Its 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," hes 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 Im No. 1.