Video: Ross on ‘Usual Suspects’: “I poured ‘hit’ all into my first verse cuz I knew I was gonna give him the record.”

Rick Ross’ first two projects debuted on top of the Billboard album charts. For the third go-round, Deeper Than Rap, due April 21, the Miami rapper is seeking something even bigger.

“That’s when everyone can judge [for] greatness,” Ross told MTV News.

“That song is, like, really me being a fan of Nas, for so long me just respecting the way he moves. Nas is such a veteran but, at the same time, he’s more relevant now than he was before, especially in the South,” Ross explained. “So there’s a lot to learn there. So when the concept came about — the ‘Usual Suspects’ — the record was not a boastful record. It was a record that I felt needed somebody to really be sincere, to take time to think about what they were gonna say. ‘Cause I most definitely did. And Nas came to light. It was my first time having the opportunity to work with him, and I take my hat off to him just for taking that time out and doing it in such a timely fashion and giving me an incredible 16-bar verse.”

The Bawse might be thankful now that the record is complete. But during the recording, Ross said he put more effort into his first verse than usual. Then he joked that he had to get his mind right to finish the third verse after Nas sent back his vocals.

“I poured ‘hit’ all into my first verse ’cause I knew I was gonna give him the record. Then when he send the joint back to me and I heard his verse, I was like, ‘Wow,’ ” Ross said. “I might have smoked three weeks in a row before I wrote the third verse. [Laughs.] But that’s the momentum and energy you need if you wanna make a classic record. You have to be able to rise to the occasion. … I felt like it was gonna be a special record to me, and he gave me that heartfelt music I needed to hear.”

Previously: Rick Ross feat. Nas & Kevin Cossom – Usual Suspects


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20 Responses to “Video: Ross on ‘Usual Suspects’: “I poured ‘hit’ all into my first verse cuz I knew I was gonna give him the record.””

  1. Bananas the Ape Says:

    Mag Says:

    April 3rd, 2009 at 9:04 pm
    Killa played himself with the Leather he had in the INFO interview….LAME
    _____________________

    Killa is 33 years old, if he had on some skinny jeans and a spike lee hat…or any of the fashion KIDS are wearing today…then he would’ve played himself.

    He actually kept it real, unlike 75% of the niggas in his age group rapping

  2. fire Says:

    Nas!

  3. shemesh Says:

    *sees chamillionare koopa/hope poster*

    HELLO NEW FACEBOOK PROFILE PIC

  4. 40 Inc Says:

    dude who persona is SHADY

  5. Micheal Tyson aka Ill fuck you till you love me faggot Says:

    not only has Rawse convinced him self he knows the real noriega but that he acually is great lyricist using the term “Classic” like he have ever recorded anything “Classic” Maybach Music is not Classic folks im sorry its a super dope record especially the Instumental and Jay’s Verse but that track isnt “Classic”

  6. SO TRUE Says:

    Nas merked that verse…!!!!!

  7. ant Says:

    IMO this album has slight potential to be classic…havent heard 1 whack track

  8. D_Block_4_life Says:

    Dope fuckin’ song.

  9. A tribe called quest aka Bitch, Im the space invader Says:

    IMO this album has slight potential to be classic…havent heard 1 whack track

    –Crazy cause i’ve only heard 3. Usual suspects, mafia music, and yeezys verse on maybach music

  10. TC Says:

    Well Iron Mic beat me to it. Classic abuse of the word “classic”

  11. shemesh Says:

    jeez that drake mixtape is fire.

    so far gone > 808s

    and i liked 808s

  12. Bananas the Ape Says:

    Honestly I haven’t listen to Rick Ross since HUSTLIN’….everything after that was trash.

  13. D_Block_4_life Says:

    This album is going to be retarded.

  14. Micheal Tyson aka Ill fuck you till you love me faggot Says:

    Christ!!The Magic are puttin a clinic on the Cavs

  15. A tribe called quest aka Bitch, Im the space invader Says:

    This album is going to be retarded.

    –Shut up spic

  16. Danielson a.k.a. Dat Mixed Race Nigga Says:

    BAWSE!

  17. PhillyD Says:

    How is this song not boasting??? Did Rawse here the hook on his own song???
    “Throwin money cuz I can & I love it” ????
    Dope Nas verse tho

  18. Daddy-Bariqua Says:

    Please GOD….Let this Nigga FLOP like a beached whale!

    Please GOD… Let this Clown get exposed!

    Please GOD…May ROss die in a fiery inferno!

    Please GOD…Let the spirit of Biggie R.I.P!

    Please GOD… Let Ross fail Epically!

    Please GOD…PLEASE!

  19. Venomous (www.mamasmule.com) Says:

    Never thought I’d say this but this album might actually be a classic!! He’s definitely been droppin heat for the last couple months…

  20. Seth Gueko Says:

    Nasir
    Jones!

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