Rick Ross Explains Inspiration Behind Meek Mill's "Tupac Back"

posted May 20, 2011 11:25:00 AM CDT | 76 comments

Rick Ross Explains Inspiration Behind Meek Mill's "Tupac Back"

The Teflon Don and Wale shared that some listeners don't even know who Tupac is.

Rick Ross scored another smash with his feature on Meek Mill’s “Tupac Back,” paying homage to the fallen legend. The Maybach Music Group leader explained that the record was conceived as a tribute to ‘Pac and the impact he had on the game.

“[It was] really paying homage to Tupac. Sitting in the studio, a lot of times I think of different approaches and I think of different artists and that’s what the vibe was of that record,” Ross told MTV2’s Sucker Free. “Tupac was such a huge influence on the musical level as well as outside of music. A lot of times, I be thinking if Pac was alive, he’d be in politics now.” 

MMG member Wale added that the younger generation might not know about his legacy unless they do their research. “It’s been 15, 16 years since he died. That means if you’re 20, you really don’t connect unless you do your history,” he said. 

Rozay echoed his sentiments, stating that he was shocked by how many people don’t even know who he is. “That surprised me most with the record. We put the record out, I was surprised how many people was asking, who is Tupac? On Twitter, on the blog, who is Tupac?” he said. “There are some people that the only people that they familiar with is Wayne and newer,” said Wale. “That’s it. Not even Block is Hot Wayne.”

Ross added, “I’m a firm believer that if you gon’ play basketball, you need to know who Jordan is.”

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