Pair collaborated on ‘club banger’ called ‘Live Fast, Die Young’ for Ross’ Teflon Don LP.
By Shaheem Reid
The respect level between Def Jam labelmates Rick Ross and Kanye West is so (super) high that the two don’t just collaborate on songs, they share in-studio recording secrets, musician to musician. Ross went to Hawaii earlier this year to work with West on his Teflon Don LP, due July 6.
“It was my first time there,” Ross said about his trip to West’s island sanctuary. “Just to see how beautiful it was â€” how serene it was. Just to walk into this orbit â€” I like to call it â€” which Kanye creates his music in. We both were having breakfast one morning and we were talking, we both were telling each other just recording secrets, things that artists don’t usually share with each other.”
The Bawse said Kanye dropped a gem on him that was remarkable and unexpected.
“One of the most incredible things he said â€” or really that I’ve heard in my whole career â€” he told me and showed me how to hear sounds in colors,” Ross said. “I was mesmerized, but I don’t wanna go too deep into it. We came up with a record called ‘Live Fast and Die Young.’ I can’t wait for it to hit the streets. You’re going to hear it real soon.”
Despite the serious title, Ross said the tune will bring people out to the dance floor.
“Most definitely!” the Miami MC promised. “It’s gonna be most definitely a club banger, but it has that edge to it. That’s how ‘Ye loves to make music, he loves to take it to the edge. That’s where we went with it. It makes you feel like if you had that one record the rest of your life to play, that’s it right here. It’s really gonna make you feel good. We both talk about seeing the pitfalls in our rearview [mirror]. It’s a feel-good record.”
“Live Fast and Die Young” is under serious consideration to be Teflon Don’s second official single, following up the Ne-Yo assisted “Super High.”