In light of Rick Ross' chart topping Deeper Than Rap, Slip-N-Slide CEO Ted Lucas expressed confidence in his former artist’s ability to emerge unscathed from his battle with 50 Cent.

Though the third album from the Miami rapper did inferior first-week numbers to his first two outings, Deeper Than Rap managed to move an impressive 158,000 units, more than doubling up on the week’s next highest hip-hop debut, Asher Roth’s Asleep In The Bread Aisle. "When I heard about all that was going down, I knew that musically Ross would rebut by making great music and come out on top,” Lucas, who inked Ross to his first deal, told Billboard. "If he wants to get caught up in personal issues, that's fine, but I never doubted him musically and lyrically.”

“Ross is an incredible rapper and not too many people can out-rap him," praised Lucas further, putting to rest rumors of friction between himself and Ross. “I want his label, Maybach Music, to blow up. I want to see people I help get started doing things. I'm always going to be supportive of him." - Devin Chanda