Rick Ross Says He Had To Defend DJ Khaled and Lil Wayne From Birdman
Rapper Rick Ross lashed out at Bryan “Birdman” Williams in his new song because he doesn’t respect him due to his treatment of Lil Wayne and DJ Khaled.
The hip-hop star released “Idols Become Rivals,” from his new album Rather You Than Me, earlier in March and on the track he accused Birdman of stealing royalties from artists on his Cash Money Records label, using Lil Wayne’s ongoing legal struggle with the label as a prime example and suggesting Williams also treated DJ Khaled badly.
“I just felt it wasn’t right, you know what I’m saying? Khaled is a great dude,” he told radio station Hot 107.9 in Atlanta, Georgia. “If you burn those two (Khaled and Lil Wayne), I already know how you feel about me, and I just don’t respect it.
“I just felt like it was time for somebody to let homie know that ain’t gangsta, and you know, you won’t be respected no longer… it’s a clean your face (check yourself) record, if you think you just taking something from somebody… I ain’t got no respect for him.”
When Birdman was previously asked about the song by Billboard.com, he said he wasn’t getting “caught up” in the drama, insisting, “I’m a man and I stand my ground and I do my thing,” while Lil Wayne thanked Ross on Twitter for his support.
“Dam big bro that msg (message) hit me in the heart and put the motivation on automatik start (sic). I needed that. 1 boss 2 another (sic),” he wrote.
Wayne has been locked in a court battle with Birdman since early 2015, when he filed a $51 million lawsuit against his longtime label boss, accusing his former mentor of withholding money he was allegedly owed for his highly-anticipated album, Tha Carter V.