In 2008, Rick Ross began receiving recognition all over the world. Early in the year, Rick Ross released his breakout hit single, “The Boss,” and buzz was building for his Trilla album. Working with DJ Khaled and the We the Best movement, Rick Ross caught the attention of 50 Cent. Through his longstanding feud with Fat Joe, 50 Cent picked fights with everyone associated with Terror Squad and he sent a warning to Rick Ross.
At the time, many did not think about a possible feud between Rick Ross and 50 Cent. Rick Ross continued to gain popularity, as he made records with Young Jeezy and Lil Wayne. Early in 2009, he did the unthinkable when he dissed 50 Cent. Given 50 Cent’s track record, during this time, many viewed the move as a crazy one for Rick Ross. However, Rick Ross saw dissing 50 Cent as an opportunity to finally take over the rap game.
Rick Ross had dreams of working with Dr. Dre, Eminem, and the other talent on Interscope Records and he needed a way to gain their attention. In 2009, Rick Ross would also bait Eminem, while reaching out to Dr. Dre in 2010. While Rick Ross did not receive a response from Eminem and Dr. Dre, he did form an alliance with Lil Wayne, as they began collaborating for several hit singles. Rick Ross also began working with Drake and T.I. Timbaland has been working with these artists for years, but has yet to work with Rick Ross.
Fresh off the release of Rich Forever, Rick Ross has shifted his focus back to God Forgives, I Don’t. When he announced his album, a year ago, Ross promised it would be the best album in hip hop history. Now, Rick Ross is making sure he lives up to this promise, as he is putting the finishing touches on the album. Since refocusing on the album, the first move made by Rick Ross was collaborating with Timbaland. For years, the two most-renowned producers have been Timbaland and Dr. Dre, as they have put in work on many of the same albums. This trend is likely to continue, as Rick Ross revealed he had a phone call with Dre, the primary producer of his rival, 50 Cent.