Rick Ross ’3 Kings’ Video: Rozay, Dr. Dre and Jay-Z Celebrate Success
On “3 Kings,” the track he recorded with Dr. Dre and Jay-Z for his just-released fifth album, God Forgives, I Don’t, Rick Ross raps about “real n—s dreams comin’ to fruition.” As the accompanying video illustrates, that can mean different things to different people.
In the clip, a Dre Films production, Rozay and company intersperse footage of their career highlights with images of President Obama, Martin Luther King Jr., the L.A. riots and classic gangster movies. The montage is entirely black and white, but the message about what it means to be black and successful in America is anything but.
The visuals open with Dre, seen riding in bouncing Chevys, collecting industry awards, chilling with Snoop, getting buff in the gym and enjoying the company of well-proportioned women. “I only love it when her hair long,” he raps at one point, just before turning from sex to commerce. “You should listen to this beat through my headphones.”
Next up is Ross, who uses shots of the Rodney King riots to underscore lyrics about having a Crip for a cousin. When he gets to that line about dreams coming true, we’re hit with snippets of the Obama family onstage.
Last up his Jay, seen lounging with Beyonce, smoking cigars, collecting Banksy paintings and generally enjoying the spoils of his superstardom. The path he, Dre and Rozay opted for may not be the only way to the top, but it certainly got them there, and it makes for some compelling viewing.
Watch Rick Ross’ Video for “3 Kings” Feat. Dr. Dre & Jay-Z