‘The advice he gave me, it’s already affected the way I’ve been in the studio,’ the Bawse tells MTV News.
By Rob Markman, with reporting by Sway Calloway
There is no rap producer more revered than Dr. Dre.
From N.W.A and Snoop Dogg to Eminem and 50 Cent, the legendary hip-hop producer has jump-started the careers of some of the game’s greatest artists. In addition to cultivating new talent in the studio, he has also crafted hits with heavyweights like Jay-Z, Nas and Tupac. And next up is the Bawse.
“It was amazing, my brother,” Ross told MTV News’ Sway in Miami over the weekend. “We had the opportunity to just first and foremost touch base like bosses. We went out, we had dinner, we just discussed ideas and that led to the studio.”
The ever-calculating Ross didn’t want to let the cat out of the bag just yet, but working with Dre has already changed his work habits, he said. “The advice he gave me, it’s already affected the way I’ve been in the studio for the last week,” Rozay said. “So let’s just say he’s full of knowledge and he’s a solid guy. Most definitely that’s maybe my biggest hip-hop influence in the game.”
Before Ross became a marquee rap name, he was a fan. He often cites Slick Rick and the Beastie Boys as early influences, and of course Dre is part of that set. “A lot of times when you sit back and you watchin’ greatness in motion, when I think back to [N.W.A’s] Straight Outta Compton or [Snoop Dogg’s] Doggystyle and I think about the smallest things from the skits to the way the records ended to having the opportunity to ask him about certain things about those classic albums,” Ross said of his interaction with the Chronic mastermind, “to just hear the time that was put into it, and the format, it was really priceless knowledge. For him to acknowledge Maybach Music and what I’m doin’ as an artist and a CEO, that was just real inspirational.”