Movin' Bass

Album: Hood Billionaire (2014)
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Songfacts®:

  • This bouncy Timbaland-produced tune finds Ross boasting that while he's embraced by the mainstream, he still has the street's ear. "Grammy nominated once, but I'm still movin' bass." Rozay raps. The song title is a play on words, as Ross references both selling drugs ("Twenty chickens watchin' and I still be movin' that base") and music ("Grammy nominated once, but I'm still movin' bass.") "It's just a more uptempo, street-leaning; it's so street, we on that," the MC told MTV News.
  • Jay-Z handles the hook but doesn't kick a verse. Other songs that feature the two heavyweights include Hova's "F---WithMeYouKnowIGotIt," Ross' "The Devil Is A Lie" and "3 Kings," DJ Khaled's "They Don't Love You No More" and Kanye West's "Monster."
  • A different version of the song, also produced by Timbaland, features Chicago rapper Tink trading verses with Rick Ross and Jay Z. Timbaland told Power 105.1's Breakfast Club that producers Da Internz introduced him to Tink: "She was music and she saved my life... You can't believe somebody at 19 got it," he said. "We don't see that no more. The last person we saw [like her] was Drake."

    The official "Movin' Bass" version on Hood Billionaire does not feature Tink's contribution. Ross explained during a Google Hangout session with MTV News' Sway Calloway and Rob Markman why the album version is completely different from the Tink-featuring version. "Timbaland released his version that I was real disappointed in hearing," Ross said. "Me and Jay created the original version. That's one of the records we vibed up when we had a couple sessions, you know what I mean? Of course Timbaland produced it and had the production on it for a little while and I went by the studio before and he played me the version and I was like I see what you did, but chill on that, we doin' our thing on it. I was disappointed in homie on that, that was a little…"

    Ross added that the Tink version was a derivative not the original version. "That's one of the things that I was disappointed in homie with," Ross said. "We bigger than that. We bosses. And I expect homie to clarify that whenever he make his rounds. But most definitely me and Jay did that record and it is what it is."
  • The video is set in a snowy New York City. There is no Jay-Z, but plenty of shots of Ross and his Maybach Music Group brethren French Montana, Meek Mill, Wale, and Stalley. Several other rappers have cameos including A$AP Ferg, Troy Ave and Charles Hamilton.

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