R.I.C.O.

Album: Dreams Worth More Than Money (2015)
Charted: 40

Songfacts®:

  • Drake kicks thing off on this track with a braggadocio verse, which finds him referencing the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), a US federal law that focuses on racketeering and punishes acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. Drake worries that with his flashy lifestyle, the federal authorities might indict him under the RICO Act.

    Meek Mill spits the second verse in which he explains that he tries to keep himself in check since with his criminal record he thinks the authorities are still tracking him.
  • Meek and Drake previously teamed up on "Amen" the lead single from the Philadelphia rapper's debut album, Dreams & Nightmares.
  • According to Meek Mill, Drake doesn't write his own raps. He tweeted: "He ain't even write that verse on my album and if I woulda knew I woulda took it off my album..... I don't trick my fans! Lol."

    So how did Meek Mill find this out? He said: "When [Drake] said the dream girl s--t on 'R.I.C.O.' I thought he was coming at me. lol Then young bull played me the verse in his voice before my album came out. I was mad as s--t! Lol"

    'Young bull' is Philly slang for a younger male.
  • The alleged ghostwriter is rumored to be one Quentin Miller, an Atlanta rapper who has received writing credits on several Drake songs including "6 Man," "Now & Forever," and "You & The 6."
  • The song was produced by Vinylz, Allen Ritter and Cubeatz. Ritter recalled to Genius: "Vinylz and CuBeatz made the beat. So I heard the beat already with Drake on it. Vinylz sent it to me and said, 'You need to add a little breakdown.' What I added was supposed to be for a chorus, but they used it as an outro. Once I sent that, I heard Meek Mill on it when it came out. I'm not even sure whose song it was first. But I heard Drake on it first. This happened probably the end of 2014, early 2015."

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