To quote Rick Ross' beloved The Godfather, it's never personal with Rozay—it's strictly business. And recently, it appears that choking fellow rappers is Ross' business, and business is fairly robust. The rapper spoke with Felisha Monet of Miami hip-hop station 99 Jamz of his recent altercation with Young Jeezy at the BET Hip-Hop Awards, explaining the context of the situation as such:
This is nothing personal to me. At the BET Awards it basically just boiled down to me running across Young Jeezy, he had five security guards in front of him, five police officers behind him and we crossed paths I said ‘what's up?' soon as he said ‘what's up?' I tried to choke him. His security guards hemmed me up; whoever the big black dude with the bumps on his face, he should give that dude something special for Christmas.
That doesn't really explain much—unless saying "what's up?" to a fellow rapper at a genre awards show is like biting your thumb at them—and the straightforward way Ross tells the story, you'd think it was something as casual as two friends arguing over who gets to pick up the check at lunch.
More interesting, though, is the Bawse's take on whether or not the incident may recur:
I'm a hands on type dude. I'm better with my hands than I am at making music. So it's not personal but if I see Young Jeezy again will I try to choke him? I don't know, it's an option.
Yes, it is an option, and we suppose it would be inaccurate of Rick Ross to pretend otherwise. We just hope that if we ever see footage of Ross and Jeezy meeting again—"what's up?" or no "what's up?"—it comes with one of those cartoon graphics inside Rozay's head, where his brain is just a meter with "Choke" and "No Choke" on the two ends. Which will he decide on? Both are options, anyway.
Oh, and for the record, Ross says during the same interview that his canceled gigs in NC last week weren't due to Gangster Disciple threats, but because "the promoter, he wasn't really handlin' his business." Hey, when it comes to concert promotion, sometimes you handle your business, and sometimes you don't. It's an option.