Rick Ross is taking over television.
On Wednesday (July 26), the MMG mogul will be joined by The-Dream and Roc Nation executive Lenny Santiago for “Signed,” a new competition series on VH1. Ahead of the premiere, Renzel stopped by “The Breakfast Club” to talk about the show.
“[VH1] gathered some of the best artists, male and female, from the U.S.,” he explained. “That’s what makes it unique. The artists we sign, we’re putting our own bread up. This is something we really believe in. This ain’t just something we doing for the episode check. Whoever we sign, you most definitely have the opportunity to sign to Maybach Music [Group], Radio Killa Records, or Roc Nation.”
But the road to stardom will not be easy, according to the Rather You Than Me MC. “We got a dope show,” he added. “Artists from all around the world, we got them doing a lot of different contests, performing live, we got them in the studio, [writing] on sight. Just coming up with different things…We really pushing them to the limit. We really trying to break them.”
“Signed” is set to premiere July 26 via VH1. Watch the rest of the Q&A and see quotes from the interview regarding Birdman, Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj, JAY-Z, and why Rozay has never signed a female rapper before below.
ON OMARION: “That’s one of those situations where, he’s just gonna go back in the lab and give them something that they really want. I understand. I know what it is. You gotta give them what the streets demand and you’ll have it overnight.”
ON ‘IDOLS BECOME RIVALS’: “I didn’t get any phone calls. Hopefully, I feel everybody absorbed it for what it really was. It wasn’t a diss record. It was just really me saying, all of us being on the same page, coming from the same place, it’s our obligation, being bosses, to make sure certain things happen. Weezy is most definitely somebody that we gotta make sure we take care of…Me and Weezy spoke about it. He most definitely one of the greatest to ever do it. I just hope everything falls together.”
ON BIRDMAN: “I really haven’t seen him and it’s probably best…It’s time to spend the bag, though. Fuck a response. Take care of the team. Take care of the family.”
ON TYGA’S CASH MONEY PROBLEMS: “Birdman’s lucky he didn’t have to go through that with Renzel. It would have been a little different. I couldn’t respect that. That ain’t right. I ain’t in the game for that. I love music that much. I want to make some incredible music. Of course, I want to profit on it, but I want to make incredible music. That’s first and foremost.”
ON JAY-Z’S 4:44: “Hov gives you different vibes. I listen to JAY-Z albums a lot. This type of album, I feel like he turned the music down so you could get the wordplay. Let me give you the game. He opened up and gave us more personal stuff than he ever has…That’s really dope. That’s really powerful. That’s inspirational to me.”
ON WHY HE NEVER SIGNED A FEMALE RAPPER: “I never did it because I always thought I would end up fucking the female rapper, fucking the business up. I’m so focused on my business. I gotta be honest with you. She’s looking good, I’m spending so much money on her photo shoots, I gotta fuck a couple of times.”
ON TRINA: “She’s very sexy. She’s most definitely somebody I would love to have vibed with on that level, but she had a citation with somebody that was a big homie in my city, one of my big time homies…I’m just one of those dudes. If you rock with one of my homies, cool, I’ma spare you.”
ON WARNING MEEK MILL ABOUT NICKI MINAJ: “That wasn’t a diss, personally, to Nicki. That’s just how I would move. Anybody that do their thing with [others], I’ma keep my eye on them.”