Amsterdam

Album: God Forgives, I Don't (2012)
  • This song was inspired by the Dutch city of Amsterdam's De Wallen neighborhood, which is a designated area for legalized prostitution. The district contains several hundred small, one-room apartments rented by sex workers. The red light seen from outside through a window or glass door, is a sign of the activities within. "It's based around the red light district, but I kinda flipped it where being a boss you gotta get approval for a green light," explained Ross to MTV News. "I'm one of those people you can't green light. As long I've been in this game, there's been a lot of talk, but ain't nobody stepped on these 11 and a half's. The reason being: This is the red light district, you can't move on this side."
  • The Cardiak-produced track features vocals by Teedra Moses. The American R&B and soul singer-songwriter is best known for her 2004 debut album, Complex Simplicity, which peaked at #168 on the Billboard 200 and for penning Ciara's hit single, "Dip It Low." Moses signed to Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group as its first female artist on March 25, 2011.
  • Notorious actress Antonique Smith played Ross' leading lady in the Dre Films directed video. She also appeared in the visual for Nas' "Nasty."
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