J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League Unearth Rick Ross and Drake Song “Empire”
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, the Tampa production trio that became noted in the mid- and late-2000s for their grand, orchestral beats, have released a new compilation record. Called J.U.S.T.I.C.E. For All, it comes complete with a sample back of the group's sounds. Of more interest to the average fan are all the exclusive songs that can be found, with turns from the likes of Chris Brown, T.I., Wale, R. Kelly, Jeremih, Jeezy and more--like Lupe Fiasco and Future, who appear together on the same song.
But there's no doubt what the headlining act is. "Empire" pairs Drake with Rick Ross, in a rare iteration of one of the early 2010's greatest could-have-been scenarios. Back around the time Drake was recording his sophomore album, Take Care (on which Ross is featured, albeit over a Just Blaze beat), the Miami and Toronto rappers hinted that they were working on a collaborative album, tentatively titled YOLO. That never came to fruition, and since Aubrey sparred with Ross protege Meek Mill last summer and into this winter, the two don't figure to be on speaking terms--especially considering the Maybach Music Group boss dissed Drake on his new album.
"Empire" is not from those sessions. The Drake verse, at least, is culled from a 2009 song called "Belly Shit," and references his then-recent signing to Cash Money/Young Money. He also raps, "I ain't the type to murder you, I'm more the type to plan it," which would surely set the Internet ablaze if it happened today.
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