‘He’s rubbing his head, like he pulling his rhymes outta his mind,’ Ross recalls of Hov.
By Shaheem Reid
Rick Ross says it was a process â€” an extremely entertaining process â€” that led up to the night Jay-Z recorded his verse for a yet-untitled record from Ross’ upcoming LP, Teflon Don. The rapper went to the last stop on Hov’s Blueprint 3 tour in Las Vegas and collaborated on a song he described as an atomic bomb.
“You party in Tao [in Vegas] till 2 or 3 or 4 in the morning,” Ross said of how they kick off a session. “Twenty-five bottles of Ace [Of Spades]; 7 a.m., you was just hitting the crap tables. It’s 9-ish, 10-ish, so focused though [once you go to the studio]. That was the beauty in our bond â€” our respect for one another. I don’t just e-mail records or have somebody drop off a beat.
“I was a roadie on the Blueprint 3 tour for a few dates,” he explained of tagging along with Hov. “It started off in St. Louis. I was just messing with everybody, kicking it with everybody, letting Jay hear my ideas and concepts. When you get the deluxe version of this album, we documented when I played the record. I played the track and my first verse,” Ross recalled. “I put in the PS3 behind the stage.
“Played it, [Jay] listened to it,” he continued. “We played it, backed it up, played it again. Played it, backed it up, played it again. Backed it up, and he spit his verse. It’s gonna be magic for people to see Jay do his “Rain [Man]” when he’s rubbing his head, like he pulling his rhymes outta his mind. Just to see somebody come up with a verse that potent in less than two or three minutes … ’cause it was just a snippet. The beat may have played for a minute and a half and started over,” a process Ross says was repeated a few times as Jay composed. “He had his 16, an idea for the chorus. Trey Songz, all of us standing around in awe.”
Ross said he’s still shocked that Jay came with a verse so fresh in such a short amount of time.
“It’s most definitely a surreal feeling,” the Bawse added. “Something that’s real hard to describe. When you have that camaraderie with someone, and you all continue to raise the bar somewhat â€” it blowed the whole room. Shout out to [Jay-Z cohorts] O.G. Juan, Tah Tah. One of the words I said in my verse, it triggered something in [Jay’s] mind. He had so many things to say about it. The content of the record, it’s gonna answer a lot of things that’s been circulating. It’s going to be moving.”
The Miami native said the song doesn’t have a title yet because he wants to be very deliberate about naming what he thinks will be an atomic record.
“It’s still untitled. I have two or three ideas. But you know, the chorus is so powerful. It’s two or three words that’s said, I just haven’t decided. But we took it to that next level.”