Shots fired. Rick Ross takes lyrical aim at Birdman on “Idols Become Rivals” from his forthcoming ninth album, Rather You Than Me.
Rapping over a sample of Camilo Sesto’s “Agua De Dos Rios,” which was famously used on Jay Z’s Beanie Sigel-assisted “Where Have You Been,” Rozay addresses his former idol.
“Rap game, so much fuck shit done,” he raps. “That’s why this .45 in my Trukfit trunks / Fuck a skateboard, I went and got a Wraith, boy / Catholic record labels, ni**as gettin’ raped, boy / Birdman’s a priest, moans in his synagogue / Publishin’ is a sin, repent, forgive me, Lord.”
A large portion of the song is devoted to Lil Wayne and other artists who’ve accused Birdman of withholding money. “I pray you find the kindness in your heart for Wayne,” he adds. “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?”
While turning pages in the booth, Rozay seems to lament his decision to release the song. “Damn, Stunna, I hate it came to this,” he says, before directly referencing the Cash Money mogul’s Palm Avenue mansion in Miami Beach, which was once owned by Scott Storch.
“You stole them boys’ pub and bought a foreclosure,” he raps. “Scott Storch demons in it, which is more poison.” Elsewhere, he adds: “Shots fired, home invasion out on Palm Ave. / Red beam detonators, who the bomb now? / Look you in your eyes, ni**a, ‘fore I say good night / And pray that Mannie Fresh will get to see the light.”
At the end of the song, Rozay adds DJ Khaled to the mix. “What hurt me the most, ni**a, is how you did my brother Khaled, ni**a,” he says. “Khaled was loyal to you, ni**a. The pain I seen in my brother’s eye, ni**a, FaceTimin’ my ni**a. Ni**a, he took that to the chin, ni**a. That’s why my ni**a blessed. That’s why my ni**a Khaled blessed. You put my ni**a in the hole, homie.”