Rick Ross Talks The Making of “3 Kings” With Dr. Dre and Jay-Z

Last night (July 19), Rick Ross released what was potentially the most anticipated song from his upcoming album, God Forgives, I Don’t. The record, “3 Kings,” features heavyweights Dr. Dre and Jay-Z, and is produced by Jake One. Shortly after the cut was released, Rozay called in to Hot 97′s Funkmaster Flex to discuss its origins.

“It’s funny, man, but I actually spoke with D.O.C. from the West Coast, and D.O.C. told me Dre was a huge fan,” the Maybach Music Group boss began of how he linked with the Compton-bred legend, with whom he had not yet worked. “I’ve been a fan of big homie, and I had been expressing that openly for a while. We just made it happen. I got on the phone with Dre; he kept his word. He came down to Miami, we got in the studio. We walked into the studio for the first time, I was so excited. We knocked out five songs that first night. We worked on his album, as well. You can expect some more big records coming to us. I feel we made some incredible music. I’m excited. I got to work on his new project with him. Homie gave me a lot of tips. That’s the big O.G. I really admire him.”

As for the connection with Jay, he and Ross have worked together a number of times in the past, and Rozay was eager to recapture that magic. “When it come to Jay, that’s my family,” Ross said. “I respect [him]; I’m a soldier for life. I already had Jay on another record, but I reached out to my big bro again, told him this was the one. He made that happen for me, as well. It was just an idea in the back of my head when we was putting the record together. I was like, Wow, this some king music right here. When I reached out to Hov, he landed somewhere in a different country and made it happen for me.”

The Miami native stressed that the star-studded record was merely a taste of what’s to come. “That’s just one of many,” he concluded. “God Forgives, I Don’t is the biggest and best album of the year.” —Adam Fleischer (@AdamXXL)

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  • BillzClinton


    absolutely terrible.


    some M/F ARE JUST STUPID………

  • RedDogSlim

    PPl keep saying that he hasnt matched his early work in a long time but from what i remember, Streets Disciple was packed with bangers, Hip Hop is Dead had, Cant for get about You, Black Republicans, the joint with Snoop, that crazy crazy Blunt Ashes track, Never Going Back, then the Untitled Album had more socially conscious stuff than folks were ready for. If you talkin about the trendy club stuff everyone was up to maybe your right but if you talking quality song creation and of course lyricism this dude aint went no where and we didnt even talk distant relatives.

  • sharon

    absolutely love this album
    It deserves all the laurels and Praise
    such a dope album replete with thoughtful Lyricism that u hardly get when u listen to mediocre emcees like Lil Wayne, Drake, Meek Mill,
    Thank u Nas.

  • spencer

    xxl, F**cking fix your comment sections for each article you post……look at it

  • francis nasim

    be good cousin jay-we all rootin for ya man–IM HIGH peace!

  • JWill

    I’d say he would need to get in the automobile business somehow. All he needs is to get his foot in…

  • miguel

    lip stick business

  • MoSia4Lia

    Square Biz is smashing the game….Tell them other NY dj’s to step their hustle up and get their panties out a bunch.

  • Dick B

    LOL, I think it’s a given that he’s going to have the best verse if he’s only appearing on tracks with mediocre to average lyricists/rappers such as Rick Ross, Memphis Bleek, Drake, Jermaine Dupri, T.I., and J. Cole. If he doesn’t have the best verse on those tracks with those dudes being his strongest competition then something’s wrong.

  • IROC

    Hold ya head Buck God has given you a second chance this was a learning experince for you, you will bounce back much stronger than before the music buisness is full of snakes fakes and cowards you have a talent and now a wealth of knowledge of how to roll and who to roll with! Put GOD First and everything else will fall in place !

  • asd

    cashmoney? officer ricky? buck you’re a bitch…