Rick Ross released his 9th LP "Rather You Than Me" featuring singles such as, "I Think She Like Me" Ft. Ty Dolla $ign, "Dead Presidents" Ft. Yo Gotti, Future & Jeezy and "She On My D*ck" Ft. Gucci Mane. Hours before its release, Ross had the internet buzzing with "Idols Become Rivals" Ft. Chris Rock. In the song, he criticizes Birdman for his ill business moves towards Cash Money Records artists, mainly, Lil' Wayne.
Some will call it a diss song but it is similar to the style of J. Coles' "False Prophets." In the sense that Cole was expressing how he looked up to Kanye West but addressed his issues with actions. Ross however, comes off a bit harsher.
Ross raps the 1st bar giving props
"I grew up on that Cash Money
Bling bling, was well known to flash money"
Then the last 4 bars of the 1st verse
"I used to see you n*ggas on my TV screen
And wondered what was life like, was it all a dream?
And then I met you out on LiveNation dates
Came to the realization that your watch was fake
Damn... you nearly broke my heart
I really thought you n*ggas really owned them cars"
"I used to look up to you, nigga, uh"
Key bars from the 2nd verse
"F*ck a skateboard, I went and got a Wraith, boy
Catholic record labels, n*ggas gettin' raped, boy
Birdman's a priest, moans in his synagogue
Publishin' is a sin, repent, forgive me, Lord"
Ross compares Birdman and Cash Money business to sexual abuse scandals that's come to light in some Catholic churches. (Crazy comparison)
3rd Verse key bars
"You stole them boys pub (Publishing) and bought a foreclosure
Scott Storch demons in it, which is more poison"
"Knew that you would never visit BG
Turk came home, take that boy a three piece"
He talks about Birdman not being loyal and not being there for people he considered him family. Especially BG since he's doing a 14 yr jail bid. Turk sued Birdman for 1.3 million when he got out of jail in 2014 (Three piece line).
He ends the 3rd verse
"I pray you find the kindness in your heart for Wayne
His entire life, he gave you what there was to gain
I watched this whole debacle so I'm part to blame
Last request, can all producers please get paid?"
He touches on how Lil Wayne basically put the label on his back and stuck by Birdmans side when everyone else left. Since Ross is close to Wayne and Birdman, he feels guilty because he could have stepped in. The last line is just a jab at Cash Money for not paying producers, its documented that they've been sued over the years, most notably by Manny Fresh, one of the main players in Cash Money's rise to fame.
Here is a Instagram post that Rick Ross put up and followed by a Tweet that Lil Wayne responding to the song.