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Rick Ross & Kanye – Listen (“Doin My Job” original)
Produced By Kanye West
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Here’s a song Ross recorded back in 2002, produced by Kanye West. It was actually recorded for the 2002 version of Port Of Miami over a beat that later became T.I.’s for his 2003 Trap Musik album. From what I know, this is one of the reasons that sparked a small beef between T.I. and Ross for a little while (I could be wrong because that’s hearsay) because T.I. eventually ended up snatching the beat. Either way,Â I remember this song got leaked on a DJ EFN mixtape -Â and I remember that Slip-N-Slide was fuming and mad that the song leaked a little prematurely. And also, you hear in the song “99 Jamz show me some love.” This was at a time when Ross and 99 Jamz were at odds and had a little bit of a scuffle over airplay issues andÂ if I remember correctly, 99 Jamz made it a point to NOT play any Ross records at thatÂ time. Later that changed as “Hustlin'”, Ross’ breakthrough single, was debuted on 99 Jamz via DJ Khaled’s nightshowÂ and the rest is history.
But yeah, the photo above is Ross withoutÂ his trademarkÂ beard. I took that photo when IÂ was likeÂ 18 and was chillin’ with Ross at Poe Boy studios back in early 2003 with Brisco, E-Class, Gunplay and the entire Poe Boy fam.Â At that time,Â Ross had already done a little bit of ghostwriting around the industry and was patiently waiting for his album to come out. The 2002 version of Port Of Miami was AMAZING! I got to listen to it atÂ Slip-N-Slide’s offices one day. But that version never sawÂ the light of day. It took four years for the actual retail version of Port Of Miami (2006) to come out and that was a completely different album from the one in 2002.Â But I guess things happen for a reason and it was worth the wait as Ross went on toÂ be one of Miami’s top selling artists.