Cash Money co-founder Birdman wasted no time in responding to Rick Ross’ diss track “Idols Become Rivals” after it, along with the rest of his new album, Rather You Than Me, came out last night. In an interview with Billboard, reportedly scheduled before news of the track broke, Birdman addressed the song directly. “I don’t get caught up in hoe shit, man,” he said. “I just keep doing what I’m doing and keep pushing. I don’t get caught up in that, I don’t play like that. I’m a man and I stand my ground and I do my thing. Numbers don’t lie, and that’s all I give a fuck about: numbers, and puttin’ them up.”
In the song, which Ross described to Billboard prior to its release as “Basically me writing a letter to someone in the game that I looked up to damn near the most and I hate what things have come to,” without revealing its subject at the time, he makes countless references to the Cash Money Boss. Lyrics like “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,” make clear that he’s fed up with Birdman’s chokehold on Lil Wayne’s output.
After the tracked leaked just before its official release last night, Ross posted an Instagram of Lil Wayne, clarifying his intent in the caption.