"Ross was signed to me in 2000 — I found him," says Suave House owner Tony Draper. "I'm the key to the south. Unfortunately, I was in a bad situation with Jcor Entertainment. I had a joint venture deal with Jcor, who had their distribution deal with Interscope Records. Jcor was supposed to supply marketing dollars, but they didn't. They only paid $500,000 on a $5 million tab. So to not tie up my artist, I allowed Ross to go to Slip-N-Slide Records in 2002."
"Def Jam tried to stop me from putting the record out but with the help of [Slip-N-Slide head] Ted Lucas, we've finally worked it out," says Draper. "Def Jam wanted me to compensate them for building the Rick Ross brand. So I ended up giving them a point on the album. I have no problem with Def Jam, but honestly, they couldn't have stopped me. Def Jam stepped up in a classy manor. But if they hadn't raised up, I was ready to go the whole legal route. Def Jam can't stake a claim to the masters that I own." Calls to Def Jam were not returned.
Ross' "Get That Bread" featuring Cinque and Big Duke from Boyz N Da Hood is the first single from "Rise to Power" and will be released this week.