FEATURE: Rick Ross & DJ Infamous,Trill Talk:”I’m Definitely The Biggest Artist In The Game”

It must be good to be the boss. While others are scrambling to eat in these trying times, Rick Ross is continuing to feast. The unofficial mayor of the M-I Yayo is starting off the new year by taking it back to the streets, linking with Atlanta’s own DJ Infamous for what promises to be the first of many collaborations on DJ Infamous Presents Rick Ross: Still The Trillest. XXLmag.com caught up with Ross and Infamous, to chop it up on the Boss’ return to the mixtape circuit, the corrections officer controversy and why his highly anticipated upcoming album is “deeper than rap.”

XXL: With you already being a platinum artist, what made you jump back into the mixtape ring ?

Ross: Because I do it for the love. To me, the mixtapes separate who’s just in it for a job and who has that love. I do this for everybody in the cracks and crevices, the corner stores, the gas stations and all that because they’re still important to me as well, to let them know I’m still with them. It’s more like a street album. It ain’t no deep concept, it’s just me going in saying what I need to say. You ain’t gotta really think of no hooks or nothing, but I impressed myself with the flows. I get enjoyment from doing #1 albums and still doing mixtapes just to show people it’s easy to me. You know the boss is always stepping his game up. Plus it’s just a gift to the bootleggers. We gon let them eat.

XXL: After the charges against DJ Drama, it seems like the mixtape game has yet to fully bounce back. Are you trying to pump some fuel back into the trade ?

DJ Infamous: Yea, the non-believers are going to see that it’s still strong and that it’s not dead. Ross doesn’t have to put out tapes, he’s a platinum artist. I don’t have to do tapes, I got the clubs. But we do it because the people are going to listen. We got over 100,000 downloads the first day we released it online, just off one site.

Ross: People are always fiending for the best music and we’re giving it to them. [Mixtapes] will never die. I love them. There’s nothing like getting a beautiful mixtape with a beautiful cover and popping it in. We’re just setting the bar now. Now they’ll be looking to us for the new slang and the new swag.

XXL: You’re throwing verses on a lot of already established records, some that people might not expect, like John Legend’s “Green Light.” You think the artists themselves will feel the addition ?

DJ Infamous: It’s a real good look for everybody. Nine times out of ten when that happens it becomes an unofficial remix for the artist…

Ross: You’d be surprised how many times I get calls offering me money to really get on the song. They hit me up and throw money bags at me for the Pro Tools session, just from a mixtape. These are bigger artists. Sometimes I’ll charge somebody 50K for the verse but then turn right around and do a verse for a lil up-and-coming young hustling nigga on the house.

XXL: Why do verses for free when you’re in high demand like that ?

Ross: Because I was unfortunate way longer than I was fortunate, you feel me? I know that struggle, all the yellow tape you gotta get through to make it. I might see something in somebody that makes me just wanna work with them. He might be a future soldier, a future comrade. We’re building an army out here. It’s big. It’s not just about capitalizing all the time. If you see somebody with a real legitimate shot, why not ?

XXL: Is it true that you’re also using this tape as a format to address the corrections officer controversy you’ve been involved with in the past year ?

Ross: I don’t have to address that. There’s been a lot of fabricated stuff floating around with that as well, but wherever I go, I leave a stamp of who I am. When you’re fake or phony, you run into a lot of issues and I don’t have any problems anywhere. You run into really getting exposed in the streets. These real corner niggas, red and blue niggas, street G’s recognize. I don’t have to entertain that. Another reason I never really addressed it was because I thought it made my story more compelling, true or not. When you have Hollywood producers calling, trying to sell your story for millions and it’s just off a rumor, that lets you know something. That let me know how big I was and how I was bigger than just my music. It’s deeper than rap.

XXL: Speaking of that, Deeper Than Rap is the title of your next album. You said that it’s going to be your third #1 record in a row. Do you feel like you’re the biggest artist in hip-hop right now ?

Ross: I’m most definitely the biggest artist in the game. My brand and my logo just speaks for itself. I had to really go overseas to appreciate it and know how big it was. We in places where they don’t even like niggas, don’t speak no English, but they know the words and the crowd is crazy. I want to be the standard that people are gauged by and still be able to walk in any club, from the booty clubs to the Grammys. When people think of me, I want them to remember that the boss brought some good business to the game. The new album is just going to solidify that. I’m so flamboyant with the way that I move, it’s just amazing. The new album is amazing. It’s big. I’m the face of the South.-Anthony Roberts

  • http://bf3ars.blogspot.com bf3ars

    Ricky Ross is ONE of the biggest names in rap, not the biggest…i respect his hustle…i loved Trilla…looking forward to his new CD!

    • G-UNOT KILLA

      “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the Earth” -Jesus

      I think he should think about the path he is on before it’s too late for this brotha

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        • tony grand$

          @ Jerzey
          Nigga, when I read that post last night, shit made me laff. Today, ROFL like a mufucka!

          “Ur shit is garbage kid, put where the garbage is”

          Lmmfao…….

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  • C.O.P.

    Rick Ross biggest in Hip-Hop? There’s too many people above him:

    Lil Wayne
    T-Pain
    Kanye West
    T.I.
    Ludacris
    Plies
    Soulja Boy

    He’s not in the ranks of being bigger than anyone.

    • Cousin A.L.E.

      r u serious???
      lil wayne, t-pain, kanye west and soulja bitch are bigger than rick ross??
      you gotta b kiddin me

  • stoneyisland

    By biggest he must meant his weight because this dude is a average MC at best, put him in a cypher with say Papoose, Common, Rass Kass and Nas and this cats comes across as the weakess link. Flip it around and put him in a cypher with say soulja boy, master p, vanilla ice and he comes across as nice:-) nothing worse then when a dude thinks too highly of himself and for the record be a man and stand up and admit you were a corrections officer, you were holding a legit job feeding your family why in the fuck are you ashamed of that?????

    • NAWLEDGE

      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      SUPER COSIGN!

      Im sick and tired of these average ass niggas thinkin they made such a huge impact on the game. They didnt do much but sell records. When you enter the game and everyone steps their bars up, you make an undisputed classic, and you change the entire demographic of Hiphop, then MAYBE you’ve made an impact. Im from Miami, and I respect Ross to the fullest, but he’s a 6/10 at best.

      And why IS he ashamed of having a legit job?? Why does every rapper feel like that have to be some uber tough guy? Thats the other thing thats killing Hiphop. Everybody want to be Pac and Big. Do you!

  • http://xxlmag.com polar bear

    The C.O. the snitch and the lyer
    Rick Ross T.I anf Akon

  • http://xxlmag.com Boss Don

    Man, it’s ironic, I was just listening to ‘Maybach Music’ feat Jay-Z on my way to work this morning off the Trilla Album.

    It was bootleg tho, but the difference is, now that i listened to the album, I would go to a show and support. That’s keeping it Trill.

  • niggafrommemphis

    i co sign on the fact that your the biggest flodger in the game since vanilla ice.If Pimp C was alive,this dude would be under a rock for lying like a muthafucka,and another thing,u better stay over seas and hope they don’t hit the translation button so they can see for their selves that they could come up with better lies (or rhymes) than u can.Pawn that ugly medallion of yours cuz the economy is too messed up right now for people to buy some weak ass lying ass bullshit from anyone,i’d rather listen to the partridge family than u ross.

  • http://xxl All Dae

    Good article on officer Ross. I almost shed a tear when I hear Hustlin. I was sick to my stomach when I hear he was po po. On the real in 09 all is forgiving and I hope Officer Ross pumps that crack to the street.

    WTF is up with GUnot Killa? He’s born again… ok today is weird.

  • http://myspace.com/kidpistol Kid Pistol

    hahahahaha. NO.

  • Buck Nasty

    G-UNOT KILLA, You been baptized or sumthin’? Life alter’n experience, New Year’s resolution? You work for the man now? What’s up Triple O.G., O.G. Triple Triple? Bring that ol’ shyt back.

    • Moi

      co-sign on G-UNOT KILLA. what’s going on?
      also, to measure rick ross’s impact, imagine if rick ross had never existed. would you feel like you were missing something? like, wow, hip-hop is lacking right now?

  • SOUTHSIDE A-TOWN

    Ross a real nigga man. got da hottest music comin out of FLA rite now. fuck da accusations! i cant wait for him 2 drop dat new shit!

    FREE GUCCI!

  • http://www.hip-hopkings.com Stu

    Biggist as in fattest maybe… best? Hell nah. You aint even on the same scope as some other dudes.

    • Szasure

      tha sza is here

  • Musur Wallace

    Ricky Ross is the Police

  • Skruwz

    I dont know what to say about this guy here, I like his music but all the shit he raps about is played out. We all know he was a C.O and hes to blind to see that. Come on Ross just admit it and get it over with….

    He will have like the #1 spot for like a whole month, but after that hes shit will die. Its time for something good and possitive to come out of Hip-Hop. I really mean this shit man. Fuck your big ass chain, your 26′s, you duffle bags, your houses, your rides.ect….

  • tony grand$

    Biggest in rap?

    Helljeah, my nigga sportin double D’s! Sumbody tell dude to put a effin shirt on them things, yikes!

    I love the correctional officer double talk. Sorry, but if you can’t answer a question straightfoward, u have no business talkin bout “G’s recognize” & “red & blue niggas” & whatnot.

    Gtfoh.

    “When you’re fake and phony, you run into a lot of issues”……..ha, from the words of the Milli Vanilli Man himself.

    Good day, officer. I SAID GOOD DAY!

  • DADE COUNTY 305

    MAN I GEW UP IN SCOTT PROJECTS IN LIBERTY CITY. THIS NIGGA GREW IN CAROL CITY. ROSS PLAYED O LINE FOR CC HIGH & WENT TO ALBANY STATE IN GA. HE PLAYED WITH MY NIGGA O.SAMPSON AKA BUBBA HOUND. BUBBA WAS THE QB THERE B4 HE WENT ONTO STAR FOR FAMU. ROSS WE KNOW UR STORY AND U KEEP TELLING LIES. U WERE A CO SO JUST TELL THE TRUTH!!! I LIVE IN LONG LAKE RANCHES IN DAVIE. SO U KNOW I GOT BREAD(WE LIVE STAY IN THE SAME NEIGHBOR HOOD). MATTER OF FACT U LIVE 3 CRIBS DOWN FROM ANOTHER FORMER NFL NIGGA. I LIVE AROUND THE CORNER FROM U, OOPS MY BAD. U LIVE AROUND THE CORNER FROM ME. IVE BEEN THERE SINCE 04!!! IM NOT KNOCKIN UR HUSTLE BUT THE PPL JUST HATE THE FAKE SHIT!!! TELL THE TRUTH!

  • http://xxl ryan

    i dont kno how yall lik a big ass fake lik ross. but oh well yall bitch made lik him.

  • J Barry

    Yeah They keep screamin all this i’m better an the biggest Artist in the game but very few of ya’ll kats really grind, an got here on your own.With there own MONEY BLOOD SWEAT AN TEARS. TELL THE TRUTH, but you can’t cuz the truth aint in ya. LOOK, if These magazines want to print on some one real Who’s been thru some real $hit Checkout Sidewinder!! this dude is on alot of these nigga’s ass.An That’s Why some big wigs in the industry or really tryin to Stop him. But THEY CAN”T I’m tellin you the Nigga is the RAWest i’ve Seen in a longtime Man 09 is the year of the snake.
    Check him out on Myspace.com/Sidewinderstl an see for your self. Cause it’s to many fake ass Kat’s for real.

  • Hanch

    I just dont Understand why he dont tell the truth!!! Granted i dont care that at one Time he had a Legit Job he should be proud of that shit!!! So why not just be upfront and say yeah so what i am a Smart Motherfucker and i had a job unlike most of you losers out here. I also dont understand why you dumb fucks care that he had a LEGIT JOB and for some Reason dont like his music anymore?? Just because he had a Legit job…Come on Get the fuck outta here with that shit, thats just some plain bullshit. I mean damn do you really think what all these rappers say is there REAL LIFE?? Are you that dumb? If you liked his music before that shit came out then you should still like his music. ITS FUCKING MUSIC you morons!! If you think these rap albums is Real Life then you need to get a life and educate yourself and Realize its MUSIC for your Entertainment. Once again i will say its MUSIC. Either you like his music or you dont. Personally i do and i dont care whether he had a Legit Job years ago. Would you not like a rapper just because it came out that maybe he worked at Subway at one point in his life or if he worked as a customer service worker for a company. Does that not make him Real? I work for the Largest Health Insurance Provider in the Country and i have probably hustled more than any of yall but i am a smart person with a high IQ so i can get a Legit Job to funnel my money through so the Feds arent on me. Is that hard to figure out. I guess so cause yall some dumbfucks. Learn the game!! You cant deal and hustle without having a legit job to show some kinda taxs and have proof as to why you have money. Thats why yall get busted fucking Idiots. Like I said dont hate a man especially in the ENTERTAINMENT industry cause at one time he had a JOB!!! Yall some fucking clueless idiots about this game and real life. Once again ITS MUSIC. ITs not REAL its ENTERTAINMENT, I will Repeat IT IS MUSIC, just so maybe yall will understand IT IS MUSIC. Idiots!! Get a Life and learn how to play the game!!

    • tony grand$

      Damn, somebody pissed that cat off, but good! More power to ya bro. This man just cussed out ERYBODY!!!! Where’s Jerzey or GUK when u need ‘em.

      Oh I forgot, GUNOT is an ordained baptiste minister.

      Damn.

    • NAWLEDGE

      Chill out Hanch.

      People arent pissed that he had a job, we’re pissed that he’s ASHAMED about it. If the nigga had a job, he had a job! Thats def not the problem. If this dude said “Yeah I had a job to take care of my fam. Whats wrong with that?”, the only people who would be goin after him is these young ass, FAKE hood niggas who think they know the game. He’s lying about his past and not only that, he’s ASHAMED of something he should’nt be ashamed of. Thats FAKE.

      Of course its just music. And he makes some good shit too. Notice, I said SOME. But this dude should’nt be ashamed of a past job. Not only that, the guy was legit and he’s promoting negativity. Why would you do that? Instead of talking about killing mofos, why not spread a message of getting an education and a job? I think these are the core reasons why peeps are going after him. Not because we actually believed in his bullshit stories of knowing Noreaga.

  • Not Created Equal

    Good read. I dig this dude. Ross is still doing his thing no matter what people say and for everybody dissing him, you still took time out of whatever the f*ck you were doing to read about him. What does that say ????

  • JERZEY

    YO IM CALLIN THIZ NIGGA GULLEE BOY OUT TO A BATTLE, PROVE UR SELF NIGGA, I’LL LET U GO FIRST TRICK, POST BACK ON THE JADA BANGA U CANT STOP ME , 1 VERSE EACH NIGGA,

  • JERZEY

    @HANCH

    NIGGA WAT DA FUCK, U TRIEN TO WRITE A BOOK NIGGA. SHUT DA FUCK UP. U SOUND LIKE HIS MISTRESS NIGGA, HOLY SHIT MAN, DID U PRE WRITE THAT SHIT BEFORE U TYPED IT GOD DAMN!!!AINT NOBODY HATIN ON ROSS,BUT WHY DID DA TELLATUBY HAVE TO LIE ABOUT THAT SHIT, THATZ ALL WE WANNA KNOW, BUT U OVER HERE DOIN A FUCKIN ESSAY ON THIS JELLYBEAN LIKE HE PAY U, U SOUNDED LIKE GULLEE BOY FOR A MIN ALL THAT BITCHIN U DOIN, U CALLIN EVERBODY STUPID LIKE NIGGAZ ACTUALLY DO WAT RAPPERZ SAY. NEXT TIME MAKE IT BRIEF AND SIMPLE NIGGA,,I HAD TO PULL OUT DA RULER FOR UR SHIT JUST SO I COULD READ UR SHIT LINE 4 LINE.

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  • black

    Nobody is knocking Ross for having a job and you dumb nigga’s who trying to defend him KNOW this.
    It’s him lying and denying the shit at first why nigga’s don’t fucks with him anymore.
    If you so proud that you had a job(which you should!)why not tell the truth?

  • G-UNOT KILLA (clone)

    FUCK RICK ROSS BIG FAT TITTY HAVING ASS, TRU STORY.. RICK ROSS THINK HE TOUGH CUZ HE DETAINED SOME NIGGAS IN JAIL FOR POKIN SOMEONE.. BUT BLAH FUCK THAT! JUST IMAGINE HOW MANY NIGGAS THIS NIGGA PUT IN SOLITARTY!!! REAL TALK

  • Montana DaKing

    2 all U dum-ass broke hatn (im not gon call u niggaz, u dont deserve)pussi-boys. I just heard about this CO shit 3 days ago and thats just how much i distance myself from U hatas. n e ways the first thing i thought was “damn that nigga was gettin that papper”. Do u know how much a zip of green go for in da pen. 3 bands or better. let not even talk about that gyrl. I didnt look @ it in no negative prospective. This nigga got a legit job 2 keep them crackers off his ass and he got the best clientale with a 300% return in profit. I didnt know it was a problem until i looked on youtube and reading fuck-boy blogs like this. Fuck all yall out there who jugde this nigga b4 knowing the facts or thinkn about the possibles and call him tha police. which is about 85% of you so call hip-hop fans. im not a fan of hip-hop. im a fan of hood-niggas who happen to make it rappn or any other way out the hood.HIP-HOP=WACK, GANSTER MUSIC=WACK, GET MONEY MUSIC=WHERE ITS AT.The police is U bitch-boys out there who call yo self killas real-niggas and goones but you fold under them crackers.Yea i see yall niggas on first 48 ervery chance i get. yea. and as far as him being the biggest you are only big as you think you are. that why you fuck-boys still stuck in a rut, to busy on another nigga nuts. get ya weight pussi-boys. read a book.
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  • http://xxlmag.com js

    wow whats with u guys and writing longass fuckin opinions nobody cares what u have to say just make ur comments short…make ur selfs look like u have no life

  • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com tony grand$

    ^^You gotta love the “self-appointed” douchebag kings who think its their civil duty to point out those with & without lives. It is to laugh!!! Ha…..ha…..ha

    The whole point of a blog post is to spark opinions & debates between the commenters. It would appear to me that the “lifeless” would feel the need to tell everyone else what they’re doing wrong, without making any valid point, or contributin a p.o.v. on the subject. Wow, go figure.

    Thanks asshole, for lettin us know ur opinion is law. All hail King Jack Off.