DJ Khaled Believes Rick Ross’ Deeper Than Rap is a “Classic,” Despite Grammy Snub [Video]

Last Wednesday (December 2) the nominations for the 52nd annual Grammy Awards were announced. The hip-hop community was shocked to learn that Rick Ross’ critically acclaimed third solo disc, Deeper Than Rap, failed to be included in the Best Rap Album category.

XXLMag.com recently caught up with DJ Khaled—a major player in the making of the LP—to get his response on the snub. At the time of the interview, the Miami DJ turned record exec had yet to hear the official Grammy nods but had his own thoughts on the record’s success.

“Shout out to my Def Jam team, I co-executive [produced] Deeper Than Rap [and] A&Red Deeper Than Rap,” he exclaimed. “Ross is one of my favorite artists as well as my friend, and that’s a classic! Rick Ross is one of the biggest rappers in the game, hands down.” [Watch below]

Khaled revealed that the Triple C’s leader is currently working on his follow up to DTR. “We’re working on a new album called Teflon Don,” he said. “That’s gonna hurt the game.”

As previously reported, Eminem’s Relapse, Flo Rida’s R.O.O.T.S., Mos Def’s The Ecstatic, Common’s Universal Mind Control and Q-Tip’s The Renaissance are all in competition for best rap album.

The Grammy awards ceremony is set to air on January 31, 2010 on CBS. —Elan Mancini with reporting by Anslem Samuel

  • Kushismycologne

    He’s one of the biggest rappers in the game alright.. (no homo)

  • HollyHood

    It was definitely one of the better rap album of the year. Who was nominated 4 best rap album?

  • HollyHood

    I just seen the list and Ross’ album is way better than Common Univeral Mind Control and Flo Rida R.O.O.T. and he sold more 2. He did get snubbed.

  • Prototype81

    Depends what your definition of rap is. What defines rap for me is not rick ross’ music. I admit I didnt listen to the album, but from any singles/appearances I heard from him, Ross has a boring monotoned flow. Wordplay? not much at all. Flow and wordplay hold huge in my books. Not to mention honesty, and being real with yourself and the people around you. Ross loses credibility on all of the above.

    • http://xxlmag jb

      Huge Cosign. lol

  • Prototype81

    Looks like marketing can only get you so far huh?

    • AZ40

      Co-sign yeah he got probably the most promotion this year but that don’t mean anything he sold like 200k his first week and hasn’t sold much more since….I just wish the eligibilty time wasn’t from oct. ’08 to aug ’09, i wish it was extended to at least sept. or oct. that way Rae and Jay would have been nominated for album of the year…As far as rap that slaughterhouse go hard

  • stonyman

    If by “classic” you mean using slow ass flow and choosing the most basic rhyme scheme then I guess this can considered “classic”.

  • that nigga

    I hate Khaled, and not to big of a Ross fan but, I can agree. That album is a classic.

  • day walker

    dear khaled,

    i realize that black cats allowed you to be in the game because your rich ass used to pay them for the right to hang around, carry their crates and be a part of the scene…

    however, i don’t know who told your fat palastinian ass that its ok for you to gratuitously, and publicly scream out the n word at the top of your lungs at every possible opportunity like a retarded gorilla with turrets…but i can assure you of one thing mr khaled;..if i ever see you, i will___ you.

    sincerely,
    day walker

    • No Mames Buey

      ^this comment actually is classic.

      Extreme n-bomb usage by non-blacks is super annoying

  • MC

    The HIp Hop Community was shocked?? GET THE FUCK OUTTA MY FACE WITH THAT BULLSHIT!! All that album had was some beats. I can name about 5 duds on that shit. You Internet fags throw around the word classic like it’s nothing. Deeper than rap is on par with BISD and Loso’s Way. Solid albums but not classics. What impact did it have?? BP3 and Cuban Linx 2 are the best albums of the year, and still I wouldn’t call those classics. Illmatic was a classic. Blueprint was a classic. Doggystyle was a classic. Chronic, Get Rich, Graduation, Enta Da Stage, Be, Things Fall Apart, Cuban Linx 1, and Supreme Clientele were all fuckin classics. To call Ross’ album a classic is an insult to Hip Hop. You niggaz should be ashamed.

    • http://myspace.com/theroach513 TheRoach513

      HUGE cosign right here… how dare anyone call DTP a classic… get the fuck out my face with that BS a classic has to change the landscape of rap and establish the artist! TICAL, WHUT THEE ALBUM, ALL EYES ON ME, MAKAVELI, READY TO DIE, LIFE AFTER DEATH, REASONABLE DOUBT, THE DOCUMENTARY, UNTITLED, SLIM SHADY LP, MARSHALL MATHERS LP, AMERIKKKAS MOST WANTED, CREEPIN ON AH COME UP, those are classics! rick ross is just in the that class of rappers that are good maybe even grt by some stretch but nothin close to a classic artist or album

  • Gift

    Classic I will not call DTR, but hands down, it was one of the best albums of the year as far as hiphop is concerned. U niggas know half these rap cats ain’t really wut they rap about anyway, so for yall to be talkin shit about the officer ricky shit is tired. True he lied about his background, but on the spits, dude seriously got somethin. So when niggas is ready to quit haten cuz u bored out of ur fuckin mind, and give cred where creds due, holla. None of the albums in the list with exception of eminem and jigga, is better than DTR. REAL TALK.

  • KT

    Rick Ross “Deeper than Rap” is average at best. He hasn’t said anything that he didn’t already say on the previous two albums. I can’t really say it belongs in a catagory with “Loso’s way or BISD”, thats a insult to, two solid albums.

    However The choices the grammy committee made were not that great either.

    Em- Relapse – creative,flow was on point but content was it questionable.

    Mos- Estatic- Was just okay, Mos is consistant but the album was not he his best work.

    Common – UMC- was horrible, being from the CHI it was a hard album to stomach.

    Q-tip – The Renaissance – was a good look but not grammy worthy

    Flo’rida – don’t listen to him, so I can’t judge it but I find it hard to belive his album is grammy worthy.

  • http://xxlmag.com Blakout615

    Rick Ross “in cold blood”= instrumental of the yr. The Runners killed that shit

    • jeric the magic

      huge cosign right there!

  • http://MYSPACE HELTAH SIN SAY

    “CAPS LOCKED”

    MAYBE A CLASSIC JUST IN THAT LIL POCKET IN MIAMI! DUDE? COME ON DUDE? FUCK OUTTA HERE!
    KHALAD IS THE MOST ANNOYING MOTHERFUCKER!
    THIS IS THAT SAME DUDE “SUGE KNIGHT” WAS TRYING TO TALK ABOUT WHEN HE DISSED SEAN COMBS, YOU KNOW “THAT FOOL IN THE BACK ROUND IN ALL THE VIDEOS” ALL UP IN THE MIX! KHALAD IS A DICK RIDER, HE AINT NO SWISS BEATS, HE AINT NO WILL.I.AM ( THE WILL I AM ACCOLADE IS VERY NESCESSARY WILL IS SUPERTALENTED) HE AINT NO JUST BLAZE!, ANY WAYS RICK ROSS REALLY REALLY IS NOT IN THAT LEAGUE OF CLASSIC MATERIAL! DMX FIRST,CLASSIC, ICE CUBES FIRST,CLASSIC, LUDAS FIRST, CLASSIC, EMINEMS FIRST, CLASSIC, JAY Z’S FIRST, CLASSIC,

    HOW CAN YOU INSERT HIM WITH THE LIGHTS OF SUCH HEAVY WEIGHTS? ONCE AGAIN FUCK OUTTA HERE

  • http://callmephlip.blogspot.com/ Phlip

    Before, Ace Hood was a “top seller,” dispite NOT being one, and now Rick Ross’ album was classic?

    How many times will Khaled open his mouth and let some crap like this escape?

  • Jeff Lizzy

    BIGGEST RAPPER IN THE GAME…MAYBE IN SIZE NOT LYRICAL CONTENT AND FLOW…DJ KHALED BETTER STOPPED LICKING THE CREME OFF HIS FACE FROM HIS MCDONALDS…HE GAINING WEIGHT HARD

  • caino

    l must admit, its a better album that Flo Rida’s!!!

  • james

    Haha, Dj Khaled has lost his mind!!

    Mos Def’s the Estatic is the best album of the year! The production is unbelievable and he bridged and fused some much culture. That’s Hip Hop. I know you might be used to his other flows but have to actually listened to this, and what he’s saying? Listen to that record two or three times in a row and you’ll lose your mind!!

    DTH!? Come on! Ace Hood! Really!!? Ace Hood! Come on’

    Just b/c you say ” we tha best, we tha best” all the time doesn’t make it so, and he seems to stumble over those three words a lot. As if he’s not that confident or having a hard time lying.

  • http://www.jango.com/music/EmCDL EmCDL

    Q-Tip’s album should win best rap album hands down. That album is a straight up classic, from beginning to end. The Estatic comes a close second.

  • KEITH

    OFFICER RICKY IS THE EXAMPLE WHEN THEY SAY STUDIO DRUG FAKE ASS RAPPER! GET THE FUCK OUTA HERE WITH RTHAT WE THE BEST BULLSHIT!

  • Phil-Da-Beast

    I think it’s been so long since we’ve heard a classic album, that everyone has forgot what one sounds like. Standards have been lowered and now the crappiest album that’s promoted well, to the average, looks like a freakin’ Illmatic or a Chronic, especially for the newer stans that haven’t experienced one yet.

    I used to have respect for the grammys, now it’s just a popularity contest. You shouldn’t listen to what they think anyway. You should make your own decisions about what you like, right?

    I, myself think the only ones that came close were q-Tip’s-The Renaissance, Brother Ali’s-Us, and I was very impressed with Skyzoo’s-The Salvation

  • DetroitDraper

    Im still wondering why is everyone praising DTR I mean its descent but nowhere near the musical greatness that ppl keep proclaiming. I think the hate for Fif made alot of ppl WANT to like DTR and they just stuck with it. I used to be a fan of RR. I have all his albums but I was personally disappointed by this effort. Too R&B and glossy

    MAYN HOL’UP

  • rocco

    first off, its not a classic album

    2nd – khaled always got a large body of water in the back of his interviews make me think the cat might be half penguin

  • Face Phoenix

    I got say it as well Deeper Than Rap was one of the best of the year just off the production alone. I didn’t really dig the repetitive subject matter but it was great music to ride around town too. So yeah it was a snub.

  • http://blendzmusik.blogspot.com dj blendz

    does anyone kno if Common ever got nominated for his other albums? The UMC joint he dropped was by far his weakest imo,but i guess them Grammy peoples like that type of ish

  • http://-- gaddic

    He wasn’t snubbed
    Deeper than rap strengths are solely in it’s production

    Rick Ross just isn’t a good rapper
    Barely any lyrical skill flow or delivery
    Plus his content is played and dishonest

    Q_tip was a solid lp wayy better than D T Rap and it got nominated with a good chance to win

    The others are OK

    maybe Bp3 and other good 09 albums fall in the runnings for 2011 I don’t know but what’s the big deal?

    Grammys aren’t THAT Respected in the rap community

    Nas Rakim Big Daddy Kane Pharoahe monch or Biggie din’t win grammys and they are incredible artists with classic albums

    and about that “D t Rap is a classic” comment

    Khaled has and will always be a idiot!!!

  • latino heat

    is anyone really surprised that an album full of nothing but one dimensional, tough guy, drug kingpin talk didn’t get recognized by the old white people that make up the Grammy voting committee?

    look at the list of nominees, Em, Tip, Mos, and Common are all are Grammy favorites. and Flo-rida is non threatening and Grammy award performance friendly.

    not saying RR should’ve been nominated, cause he shouldn’t have. neither should have Common, Mos or Flo-rida though.

    is there’s any fairness in the world Q-Tip till easily walk away with this.

  • balaramesh

    “The HIp Hop Community was shocked?? GET THE FUCK OUTTA MY FACE WITH THAT BULLSHIT!! All that album had was some beats. I can name about 5 duds on that shit. You Internet fags throw around the word classic like it’s nothing. Deeper than rap is on par with BISD and Loso’s Way. Solid albums but not classics. What impact did it have?? BP3 and Cuban Linx 2 are the best albums of the year, and still I wouldn’t call those classics. Illmatic was a classic. Blueprint was a classic. Doggystyle was a classic. Chronic, Get Rich, Graduation, Enta Da Stage, Be, Things Fall Apart, Cuban Linx 1, and Supreme Clientele were all fuckin classics. To call Ross’ album a classic is an insult to Hip Hop. You niggaz should be ashamed.

    yeah. for the most part. when i hear classic, i think of something that i would bypass say, on a lower level blueprint 2. and that was pretty average for a jay album. but i’d take that over most of the “new classics” i been hearing about the past three years. i am cringing about everytime i hear “classic” now

  • balaramesh

    of the one’s listed, i’d take q-tips. and i am a huge mos fan too.

  • crack

    just getting around to the renaissance.but it sounds like the ecstatic went over a lot of niggas heads.from production to subject matter.a couple of skips but rock solid

  • http://xxlmag jb

    I dont know about yall but I would love to see Q-Tip win just based on his OG status in the game alone. The album was pretty good too tho.

  • fmeezy

    khaled every artist from your camp the is best in the game. in youre eyes you moron.! ace flop haha . c.o ross kid on gangster.

  • El Tico Loco

    Um Ron? Where’s the Negro please post about this at?

  • Abdul Sosa

    WDFF
    FUCK RICKY ROSS,
    I NEVER FELT A BIGGIE SWAGGER JACKIN’, STEREOTYPICAL SKILL LACKIN’ INDIVIDUAL WHO TALKS THE SAME SHIT. HE IS FAKE HONESTLY AND A FAT FUCK TOO ME. LIKE HOW CAN YOU TALK ON HUSTLIN’ WHEN YOUR COP JOB WAS TO PREVENT AND SNITCH. HE HAS A CLEAN RECORD SO TALK ABOUT GUNS AND SHIT, BE CREATIVE HONESTLY. REAL QUESTION IS WHY IS JADAKISS SO SLEPT ON, HE SOLD JUST AS MUCH AS THAT FUCKIN’ FAGGOT 1” INCH OWNIN’ RICKY AND NO GRAM NOD. FUCK THAT MAN AND HE WAS ON A 5 YEAR BREAK HONESTLY, YALL IS TRIPPIN’ HOW CAN YOU SAY HIP HOP IS DEAD WHEN ITS FRONT OF YOU, IGNORE THE BULLSHIT AND SUPPORT NIGGAZ LIKE AZ, NAS, TALIB, JADA,ETC. SO MANY NIGGAZ . IM PISSED CUZ IM SPEAKIN’ IN CAPS AND SHIT, AND JADA IS ONE OF MANY REASONS, YOU DIDN’T PLACE KISS OF DEATH IN THE TOP 5 OF 04′ WHEN OUTKAST WON MAN OF THE YEAR, YOU GUYS ARE FUCKED I MISS THE SOURCE. AND FUCK KHALID YOU AINT SHIT DONT EVEN PRODUCE YOUR OWN TRACKS

    P.S LOVES MOS GRAMMY NOM, BUT I KNOW EM’S GUNNA WIN REGARDLESS

  • DADE COUNTY 305

    KHALID… FAT FUCK GET OVER IT!!! FAKE ROSS SHIT IS NOT A CLASSIC!!! I AGREE WITH WHAT MC SAID. JAY,EM,50,BIGGIE,2PAC,THE WU,SNOOP,OUTKAST,ICE CUBE,ICE-T,EAZY-E,NWA,BIG DADDY KANE,KOOL G RAP,ERIC B & RAKIM,RUN-DMC,BEASTIE BOYS,KRS-1,THE FAT BOYS,THE WHOLE 1984 FRESH FESH TOUR MC’S,NAS,KURTIS BLOW…ETC. ALL THOSE PEOPLE MADE A CLASSIC ALBUM! NOT RICK ROSS!!! YOU CAN NOT PUT “DEEPER THAN RAP” NEXT TO THOSE CLASSIC ALBUMS… OH YEAH, I CANT FORGET SLICK RICK!

  • matty21

    DJ Khaled must not have very good taste if rick ross is one of his favorite artists…i dont think he really means what hes sayin, rick ross is his boy and his opinion is probably just biest…he did say one true statement, officer rickys next album is gonna “hurt the game,” there is some truth to that lol…i personally havnt been feelin ross since “hustlin”…da only record i’ve liked after dat was t-pains vocals on boss, boss boss boss…really ain’t feelin his shit and dont understand how ANYONE could be, sorry, just how i feel…n also, how can khaled say ross is one of the biggest artists in the game when every hit record ross has is only any good becuz of its features lol…people only listen to rickys songs becuz of the other superstar artists on the shit? so that just doesnt make any sense to me?…and like khaled said in the beginning of this: “i’m wit ross and ross is one of the biggest artists in the game”…”I’M WITH ROSS” lol dats why he said these crazy statements, becuz ross is on his team and his opinions are very biest obviously…u cannot say these things and actually mean them, c’mon u aint foolin no1…if anything, ross needs to step it up and create some good, meaningfull music on his own, without the help of other superstars that are bigger n better than himself..khaled should tell him to make his own music or just ghost write…step it up, n wake up from da fantasy world….pinch yoself, cuz u livin a dream 4sure

  • http://yahoomail.com Oladapo Jones

    Dis is the best rap album i’ve ever heard, love yu Ross.