Rick Ross recently joined Elliott Wilson and B. Dot for a new episode of Rap Radar to plug his latest album, Richer Than I’ve Ever Been. During the conversation, Ross talked about Freddie Gibbs and how they were ultimately able to mend their once-fractured relationship. Gibbs previously dissed the Maybach Music Group boss, claiming his music was filled with nothing but “bold-faced” lies.
But the two put their differences aside and Ross ended up contributing to “Scottie Beam” from Gibbs and The Alchemist’s Grammy Award-nominated Alfredo album. Gibbs also admitted to “fuckin’ up” by dissing Ross on the song “Vice Lord Poetry.” Ross evidently wants the same thing to happen with Gibbs and his former CTE World boss Jeezy. As Rozay told Rap Radar, he’s tried to get Gibbs to make peace with the rap heavyweight.
When B. Dot asked what his interactions with Freddie Gibbs are like, Ross replied without hesitation, “It’s him having to sit down with Jeezy and putting that in the past.”
He continued, “I’m not sure that it’s happened yet. But most definitely, That was a conversation I had with Freddie Gibbs, because once again, you gotta appreciate when a brother reach out to you and believe in your gift, brother. That’s what it’s about. As a boss, a CEO, you’re not obligated to owe nobody to sign nobody. Homie seen your vision, he believed in you. That’s what it came down to, that’s what I live by, and that was some of the advice I gave homie.”
Freddie Gibbs made some disparaging comments about Jeezy in June 2020 while speaking to Bootleg Kev. Although Gibbs admitted he still looks up to Jeezy, he essentially dissed his career.
“I take the adversity and use it as fuckin’ fuel,” he said.”The fact I can do that puts me above a lot of n-ggas. I wasn’t supposed to make it. In 2006, Interscope dropped me … Jeezy is musically irrelevant. Let’s be real, dawg. Did you listen to his last album? No you fuckin’ didn’t. He’s a legend but right now, you’re irrelevant.”
He then directly spoke to Jeezy, saying, “I love you, but what you want to fight? You can’t fight me, out rap me. Any nigga that can’t out rap me or beat me up, I don’t give a fuck about.”
But in the ensuing months, Gibbs has become more open to putting their issues behind him. Speaking to Vulture in January, Gibbs admitted his “Real” diss track from the Madlib-produced Piñata album was spawned from hurt feelings and suggested he was willing to mend their rift.
“I was more hurt than anything,” he said. “That’s what it feel like when one of your favorite rappers gets at you like that. I think that he see where I’m at now, and then he looks back at that shit, and he regrets it. I don’t say I regret nothing. But it’s better ways I could have handled things with him, maybe talked it out and communicated better. Maybe it could have worked out.
“I don’t have beef with him like other people may. I think it was just two guys who didn’t communicate correctly. He had a vision, and I had my vision, and we just couldn’t come to a common agreement. I don’t hate the man or anything of that nature, not at all. At one point, I looked up to him. And I still respect everything that he did musically. I still listen to his music. So, like I said, man, maybe one day, who knows?”