Rick Ross Says He Put More Into "Mastermind" Album Than His Other LPs

Rick Ross tweets that his "Mastermind" album has him feeling the "excitement in the streets."

Rick Ross says that he put extra effort into his forthcoming Mastermind album, which is slated for a March 4 release.

"I put more into this #mastermind album than any other..my fans deserved that Rare Rosé,” the Miami rapper said in a tweet today (February 15). 

The MMG owner also says that the buzz is building for his release, which is slated to include the recently released “War Ready” single with Jeezy.

"I feel the excitement in the streets for #mastermind,” Rick Ross wrote on Twitter today.

Rick Ross's tweets about Mastermind today are as follows:


RELATED: Rick Ross "Mastermind" Release Date, Standard & Deluxe Cover Art, Tracklist & Producer Credits

328 Comments

  • Anonymous

    I hope Nas's next album comes with ear plugs.

  • Anonymous

    I hope Kendrick's next album comes with some sleeping pills.

  • Anonymous

    hope the album come with a cb4 dvd copies.omg

  • Anonymous

    im fucking serious hope the album come with a cb4 dvd copies

  • Anonymous

    hope the album come with a cb4 dvd copies ijs

  • Anonymous

    but im serious hope the album come with a cb4 dvd copies

  • Anonymous

    hope the album come with a cb4 dvd copies.better b

  • Anonymous

    lmfao hope the album come with a cb4 dvd copies

  • Anonymous

    hope the album come with a cb4 dvd copies lol

  • Anonymous

    hope the album come with a cb4 dvd copies

  • Anonymous

    cb4 for life lmfao

  • Anonymous

    i hope the album come with a cb4 dvd copies

  • No Life

    Loneliness brought me here.

  • MMG Invincible

    Ross just did a show with Lebron at the GQ party in New Orleans Wale just did a show this weekend at the University of Miami Rockie Fresh 40 city tour starts in 5 days in Dallas Texas Meek Mill did a show this weekend with Drake in New Orleans Stalley did a show this weekend at Politics in New Orleans Young Breed has a show on the 18th in Florida Torch will be performing in Hawaii on the 1st Gunplay just did a string of concerts last week in Texas Fat Trel has a show Sunday the 23rd in Maryland If you want to book an MMG artist for your city go to Pretty Polly Dot.Com! Phone: 508-318-5605 Fax: 508-266-8085

  • Anonymous

    "You mean RENT all the material things successful people have." Every rapper rents shit. Even Jay Z, Diddy, Eminem, and K dot. It's cheaper.

  • I lost in life.

    Im going to spend my weekend chatting with male strangers in a comment section of a website.

  • A Trillionaire

    I would love to hear a real life Rick Ross fan explain to me why they are still listening to this fat mother fucker? He literally fucked his own mother. He may deny this rumor at first, like he did about being a CO, but trust me it's true.

  • Anonymous

    "They're not successful. Lots of people said that MMG's projects flopped" Ross has gone gold 5-6 times. Wale has 1 gold album, and 1 platinum single. Meek sold 350k with terrible singles. Plenty successful.

    • Marlo Mike

      The gay guy lives vicariously through Bruthadee, LOL which is why he can tell you what that nigga ate fir breakfast and the length of his fingernails, dude got gay groupies on his dick.

    • Anonymous

      he had rozays dick for breakfast

    • Anonymous

      LOL @ Bruthadee pissing off the MMG groupies by reminding them who they are and what they are.

    • Anonymous

      Comments about misery and loneliness always get the best responses. haha! I love it!

    • Anonymous

      BruthaDee always talkin bout looking at those niggas instagrams LOL, he seriously lives vicariously through these niggas intagrams and twitters, thats how he knows the name of Meek Mills dog walker and Rick Ross cleaning lady

    • Anonymous

      The comments of a miserable MMG groupie. No one cares about their Instagram pictures of them posing with rented shit while trying to act gangsta and performing for 35 people in a small, beat-up club.

    • Anonymous

      if you want to make yourself even more miserable go look at their Instagrams and see them laughing and smiling in nice clothes and shoes traveling from state to state performing for their fans and enjoying themselves.

    • Anonymous

      "and have all the material things that successful people have" You mean RENT all the material things successful people have.

    • Anonymous

      Still ain't successful.

    • Anonymous

      They may look successful and have all the material things that successful people have but I feel better just saying they are not, I don really mean it.

  • Anonymous

    "They don't need to release albums anymore. They release singles, go on tours, even release mixtapes. Also, MMG ain't going down like gucci's label." It's a new era and I love it. You don't need to release albums to get your money, look at Rockie Fresh he already for a Puma endorsement and is on a 40 City tour getting his bread. Recording artists don't make enough money off record sales to live on, touring is your bread and butter.

  • Sad but alive

    If I had friends and a girlfriend I wouldnt even waste my time here but this is the only social media area where you can hide your self and chat with people. I am very ashamed of my true identity and who I am. Due to my lack of social skills I have severe identity issues so I tend to obsess on things that have to do with "identity". Sorry Im just venting.

  • Lloyd Banks

    It's so lonely here at gunit. No projects are coming out of g unit and meek mill's surprassed me. I need a girl in my life.

  • Anonymous

    If I had real friends or a girlfriend I wouldnt even waste my time in these comments but I get lonley and this is the only place online where people accept me.

  • Anonymous

    The MMG artists that have released retail projects: (2009-2014) Rick Ross Meek Mill Gunplay (Triple C's) Torch (Triple C's) Young Breed (Triple C's) Wale Stalley The G Unit artists that have released retail projects: (2009-2014) 50 Cent 40 Glocc Lloyd Banks G Unit records is a graveyard.

  • Anonymous

    "Whatever cash money does is their business. We are talking about mmg. They've been prominent due to guest appearance, omarion's about to release his next album this year, another self made album will come out, mastermind's dropping, you only wish G Unit would do something. Postedthe future! | Reply " MMG is eating good, all their artists stay getting booked for shows, they have endorsements and you always see them enjoying life with no complaints. The one thing about the Rap game that's different from a lot of other genres is that you can drop a Mixtape and tour and eat off that Mixtape without having to release an album. G Unit is nonexistent, Game pretty much demolished that entire label but they do have the Pauly D guy from Jersey Shore which is a perfect fit for him and the label.

  • Artists currently signed to Maybach Music Group

    French Montana Gunplay Masspike Miles Meek Mill Omarion Rick Ross Rockie Fresh Stalley Teedra Moses Torch Triple C's Wale

    • Anonymous

      Masspike and Teedra are not signed to Maybach Music Group, Magazeen is signed to Wale now and Torch is a member of Triple C's. If you fonna include DJ Scream then you might as well include DJ Hollywood Bay Bay and DJ Sam Sneaker

    • Artists currently signed to Maybach Music Group

      Magazeen DJ Scream Fat Trel Tracy T

  • Anonymous

    "You're just making up lies and excuses. Stalley has no ALBUM, EPs don't count. MMG artists are not active at all, they have no prominence. If G-Unit does nothing, then so does MMG. Face it, the label you worship every day are a bunch of lazy bums who'll never release anything worth checking out just like the 90+ artists signed to Cash Money." Whatever cash money does is their business. We are talking about mmg. They've been prominent due to guest appearance, omarion's about to release his next album this year, another self made album will come out, mastermind's dropping, you only wish G Unit would do something.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, they do need to release albums. All of their singles, mixtapes, and tours failed. They're on their way out.

    • Anonymous

      They don't need to release albums anymore. They release singles, go on tours, even release mixtapes. Also, MMG ain't going down like gucci's label.

    • Anonymous

      YOU ARE BOTH FAGGOTS

    • Anonymous

      MMG ain't prominent. Everything you said they do don't matter since most of them can't even release their own albums. No one cares about their guest appearances and the self-made albums that tank every time. There's no buzz for Omarion and Ross' albums. Face it, MMG is getting close to becoming irrelevant like G-Unit.

  • Willard

    You guys shouldn't poke fun at that middle aged guys long fingernails, he can't help that shit. Apparently it's a side affect from his HIV meds.

  • Mamme1981

    up to I looked at the draft saying $9494 , I have faith ...that...my mother in law could actualie bringing home money parttime from there computar. . there aunt haz done this for less than 11 months and recently took care of the mortgage on their appartment and purchased a brand new BMW 5-series . Read Full Report.......http://x.co/3u0Y4

  • Anonymous

    My social awkwardness has turned me into a social reject who can only communicate with other people on anonymous blogs where I can hide my wretchedness.

  • Finding 40

    I am a white homosexual male looking to hook up with a Black male around the age of 50Cent or Officer Ricky, my dream guy is Black around the age of 40 with brown skin like 50. I lurk articles about 40 year old rappers because 40 year old Black males are my personal fetish.

  • A Trillionaire

    When Ross admitted to being a CO he said he did it in the early 90's. According to his Social Security document he ended his employment as a CO in 97 and started rapping about his gangster lifestyle 4 years later in 2001. Obviously he had no gang experience prior to being a CO or they wouldn't have hired him and obviously he could not have gotten into a gang after that, what with being a police officer and all. And yet this dude has sold hundreds of thousands of records since this story came out. Why? Do hundreds of thousands of people not know about this story? Do us a favor, if you find yourself mindlessly buying a copy of Mastermind, I hope you also find yourself mindlessly blowing your own brains out of your skull.

    • @Marshmallow Mike

      Clearly YOU are mad as fuck my dude. High blood pressure is a leading cause of death amongst black men, my nigga!

    • Anonymous

      ^^^ more like u mad LOL

    • Anonymous

      when ross goes home at night he takes off his fake beard and washes off his tattoos

    • Anonymous

      Looks like we got a Ross stan with his feelings hurt. Ross stans are more sensitive than Drake and his groupies.

    • Marlo Mike

      Dumb ass bitch! LOLOL, does your corny pasty white ass start whining like a little Ol bitch when your Eminem raps about murdering and raping people? Do you call it "lies" white boy? Hey white bitch boy you mad because a Black man worked for a year in Coreections when he was 19 and then hustled his ass off to become a successful recording artist? You mad filthy white bitch boy? You mad Bitch?

    • A Trillionaire

      I know you do. And his music isn't even that bad. I just can't stand listening to him speak on all this stuff knowing that he's lying while trying to capitalize on some truly unfortunate lives other people have had to live. He made money, but he could have done that and earned some respect by using his own damn name and coming out right away as a CO-turned-rapper, not a fake-ass-gangster.

    • Anonymous

      Yes but Rozay is 40 so me and all my white friends buy his albums.

  • Anonymous

    Ross showed me his tittys backstage so it my god given duty as a 40 year old black guy to defend him against you acne faced mayo sandwich eating freaks.

  • Anonymous

    Excuses, excuses. You bash G-Unit for not releasing an album now, yet MMG artists not named Ross, Wale, and Meek can't release an album, either. You're just contradicting yourself. G Unit hasn't been active and not even releasing albums from fiddy, let alone tony yayo, lloyd banks, and kidd kidd. MMG's artists were just signed and they appeared on self made albums. Also, they release mixtapes and tour where as g unit is just sitting on their asses.

    • Anonymous

      the MIXTAPES lloyd banks has put out over the past few years piss all over MMGs catalogue.stalley album was ok

    • Anonymous

      You're just making up lies and excuses. Stalley has no ALBUM, EPs don't count. MMG artists are not active at all, they have no prominence. If G-Unit does nothing, then so does MMG. Face it, the label you worship every day are a bunch of lazy bums who'll never release anything worth checking out just like the 90+ artists signed to Cash Money.

    • Anonymous

      Stalley got his ep released and not all artist signed to shady and aftermath released their own albums. The difference is that those and mmg are active while g unit sits on their asses for years not doing anything. They got prominence whether you like them or not. Maybe some artists won't release albums but they will be prominent in other ways, while g unit does NOTHING!!

    • Anonymous

      Which means nothing since Self-Made albums flop, not all MMG artists appear on these albums, and they don't have their own tours, they just ride Ross' coattails. It doesn't change the fact that the MMG artists can;t get their own albums released.

    • Anonymous

      At least they appear on self made albums and do tours, things are g unit doesn't do at all.

    • Anonymous

      You're still being a hypocrite. MMG artists weren't just signed, they've been signed for years and they haven't released any albums; no compilations, no mixtapes, just solo albums. If G-Unit are just sitting on their asses, then so are MMG.

    • Anonymous

      dj pauly d cant even get an album out or mix properly

  • active

    Acne has made me socially awkward but I get to talk to people online in places like this were people dont judge me.

    • active.

      I just wish that racist black guy would leave me alone. I dont want to flirt with him I like girls, not old guys with long fingernails.

  • Anonymous

    If I had money to take care of my kids I wouldn't be on here defending Ross against haters.

  • Anonymous

    Ross gives me day old Wingstop that didn't sell to defend his honor against you white skinned geek unit groupies.

  • Anonymous

    If I had friends or a girl to talk to I would not even be commenting on this story.

  • Anonymous

    My life is 100% real. These online hackers putting a picture of my face when I was a teenager in high school on other peoples body. If this s**t was real dont you think they would have more specifics, like dates and everything? Im in the entertainment business and a lot of people who like to hate because Im on top of my game. Like I said before my life is 100% real. I live by this die by this. Fake pictures are created by the fake, meant to entertain the fake. Ross really said this. He denied being a CO when he got caught. Keep making up excuses for your fraud hero." Sounds like a fiddy groupie made this up. No one will ever say their life is 100% real.

    • Anonymous

      to be fair ross has had artists sittin on the shelf longer than kidd kidd

    • Anonymous

      Excuses, excuses. You bash G-Unit for not releasing an album now, yet MMG artists not named Ross, Wale, and Meek can't release an album, either. You're just contradicting yourself.

    • Anonymous

      These are new artist being signed. They were not on the label 10 years like kidd kidd and all of g unit. Plus they are on mmg compiliation albums and tour. These rappers on g unit aren't doing shit.

    • Anonymous

      Yet MMG artists can't even get their own albums out, they have to ride Ross' coattails to get people to notice them.

    • Anonymous

      DIfference is that MMG's artists were just signed and appeared on self made albums while gunit can't get ANY ALUM through Jimmy at interscope.

    • Anonymous

      tony yayo cant even get an album out and he stole wales sound

    • Anonymous

      No one stole anything from Wale. Wale doesn't even have his own sound as he's nothing more than the poor man's Drake. Also, the rest of MMG can't even get an album out, either.

    • Anonymous

      Keep denying the evidence in front of you like Ross did when he denied being a CO.

    • Anonymous

      It's some imposter posing as rick ross.

    • Anonymous

      No, Ross legitimately said this. Here's the link below. Read more: Necole Bitchie.com: Rick Ross Denies He Was A Correctional Officer http://necolebitchie.com/2008/07/15/rick-ross-denies-he-was-a-correctional-officer/#ixzz2tW0d7vFq

    • Anonymous

      If someone made up that comment, they'd be a best-selling novelist somewhere.

  • Anonymous

    If I had friends in real life I would text message them instead of using HHDX as my sole means of human interaction.

  • Anonymous

    People mock me because I am handicapped but I can still surf online.

  • Anonymous

    "Rozay is a big fan of the double negative. Just like "Misconfusion" He always said he was really a CO since day 1.

    • Anonymous

      My life is 100% real. These online hackers putting a picture of my face when I was a teenager in high school on other peoples body. If this s**t was real dont you think they would have more specifics, like dates and everything? Im in the entertainment business and a lot of people who like to hate because Im on top of my game. Like I said before my life is 100% real. I live by this die by this. Fake pictures are created by the fake, meant to entertain the fake. Ross really said this. He denied being a CO when he got caught. Keep making up excuses for your fraud hero.

    • Anonymous

      He never denied it. That statement is made up by fiddy groupies.

    • Anonymous

      fiddy cant even get an alum out you groupie unit groupie

    • Anonymous

      You must be slow. When he was exposed as a CO, he continuously denied it until the evidence was too strong.

    • Anonymous

      No, he didn't.

    • Anonymous

      Yes he did. Show me when he denied being a co.

  • Anonymous

    The streets are already calling this the best album of the year hands down.

  • Anonymous

    I will never listen to gusto cb4 nigga

  • Anonymous

    Fat Boy, just change your name to Ricky Rozay and pay the real Rick Ross like $10 million for using his name and everyone will respect you a lot more and people will stop trying to kill you also. win-win.

  • Anonymous

    we dont believe you gusto

  • Anonymous

    i heard the album coming out wit cb4 copies

  • Anonymous

    stop with that cb4 shit

  • Anonymous

    sorry we dont listen to gusto.cb4 nigga

  • Anonymous

    "Earlier in the interview, I brought up the fact that he once famously said, We dont do pushbacks, and now his album has been pushed back several times. It's a genuine question. Ross responded with some half-baked nonsense about how he changed the date because hes a boss. I shouldnt have been surprised that the guy who, in the face of physical proof, lied about being a former correctional officer, is too delusional to own up to the fact that his upcoming album has no buzz and its singles have barely even registered with the general rap-listening population, and thats why its been pushed back."

    • Anonymous

      Rozay is a big fan of the double negative. Just like "Misconfusion"

    • Anonymous

      No, Ross said he doesn't do no pushbacks, a double negative meaning he does do pushbacks. Why complain about ross pushing his albums back when 50 can't even get a date for his to come out?

  • Anonymous

    ALREADY PRE-ORDERED MY #MASTERMIND. CANT WAIT YALL #MMG #MAYBACHMUSIC #2014ISRICKYROZAY'S-YEAR

  • ysht

    Every artist promises their new album is their best work...LOL

  • Anonymous

    Cb4 all day cb4 all day

  • Anonymous

    I heard the album is coming with a cb4 DVD

  • Macklemore Fan Club

    ROZAY SUPPORTS THE GAYS AND LESBIANS SO WE CAN ALL ROCK WITH HIM NOW

  • Anonymous

    check out them rozay fans http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VERlK6vTRdM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcTFj_cLprQ

  • Bawse

    Falseness or not, U gotta admit that "B.M.F." is one hell of a track, and "Teflon Don" is a straight out dope album and "Rich Forever" is one of the best mixtapes of year 2013. Now U might not like the character or a lack of character of Leonard Roberts, but musically, his discography is not exactly garbage.

  • Anonymous

    rumor is ross n 50 doing a new joint for mastermind check it out allhiphop.com

  • CASSIDY

    2Pac's crack, 2Pac's crack Theres all these C.O. niccas searching 2Pac's crack Rubber gloves on me, you can picture that colon With my brand new cuffs, know them wrists gone be swollen Guarding on Death Row, Hookers having my baby But I'm eating my chicken I need a new bowl of gravy They searching 2pac's crack, 2pac's crack There's all these C.O. rappers spreading 2pac's crack

  • Anonymous

    IN HOUSTON WE CALL HIM ROSS HOGAN BECAUSE HE BE ON THAT WWE SHIT

  • Anonymous

    lol the classic case of an artist saying his next project is better than anything he's done before

  • Anonymous

    "wont go Gold but it will sell reasonably well especially after the critics give the reviews" That first week is crucial.

  • Anonymous

    50's been putting no effort into his latest cd because it's never coming out.

  • Kama Sutra

    You will see a lot of hate and u happiness on HHDX this weekend, more than normal because a lot of lonely virgins are mad that they have to spend Valentines Day alone and remain virgins....dont believe me just watch.

    • Anonymous

      Im not at a party dickhead but you Officer Ross Stans dont even have phones to post with because your cop hero confiscated them from your buttholes.

    • Anonymous

      "the rest of us are laughing at you while we party and have fun." so you're at a party but commenting on a Ross article, responding to trolls? WE DONT BELIEVE YOU

    • Anonymous

      Blah Blah Blah, you only got 3 losers to bite that comment bait, the rest of us are laughing at you while we party and have fun.

    • ROSS IS HOMO

      Rapper Rick Ross sounded off on claims that hip-hop music was actually becoming less inclusive of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in a HuffPost Live interview this week. "You can't tell nobody which direction to take their art," he said. "That's the beauty of being creative in this thing we call art."

    • Anonymous

      whats it like being a groupie

    • Anonymous

      does ross let you backstage at the shows for defending his honor in your spare time instead of getting laid?

  • Dingo

    I will say this...the fact that a former correctional officer can bold face lie about his life in such an extreme fashion, and do it with such conviction, like he really BELIEVES what hes saying..thats absolutely impressive. Props to him.

  • Jay Dubb

    No matter WHAT extra BS William 'Officer Ricky Fake Rick Ross' Roberts 'puts into it', he's STILL marginally talented & the BIGGEST FRAUD in the History of Hip Hop! Like a NARC trying to be 'DRUG DEALER Of the Year'! He's a TRICK, a FAKE & anyone following that FOOL is a mindless 'sheep' that has NO LIFE or INTEGRITY! Period.

  • Anonymous

    Ross did put extra into the mixing and mastering, first time I actually seen him put more emphasis in the mix than the promotion. I just dont see any radio songs on the album or even a crossover artist so Im anticipating how it will be received by critics.

  • fuck rick ross

    I think what this fat fuck actually means is that he's put more food into his mouth than he usually does during his undeserved studio sessions. this pathetic excuse of an album is going to fucking flop.

  • Anonymous

    Always a treat to hear the warbles of a former prison guard trying to live the live of an 80s cocaine kingpin that was arrested and did prison time by adopting his name and street thug image.

  • He walks into KFC employees be screamin RED ALERT RED ALERT

    Who pays for a ross album proven liar stole entire look n life from the real rick ross and had a job where he was paid to snitch n check niggas assholes for them drugs he loves so much.........but he still talks n acts like he was floating metric tons of cocaine into the states back in the days

  • Anonymous

    We'll see how the sales pan out.

    • Anonymous

      "so far the consensus is that its better than GFID and his darkest LP which is weird since the mainstream is so POP right now." You know none of that is true.

    • Anonymous

      It wont go Gold but it will sell reasonably well especially after the critics give the reviews, so far the consensus is that its better than GFID and his darkest LP which is weird since the mainstream is so POP right now.

  • Anonymous

    Cb4 for ever bosss

  • Anonymous

    I heard they showing cb4 on bet when the album come out

  • Anonymous

    The album is coming wit a cb4 copies

  • Anonymous

    I heard the album is coming wit cb4 DVD copie

  • Han

    I cant wait for the French Montana collab

  • jg

    What artist has ever said that they didn't put in work for the album they were about to drop? lol No interest. Content wise Ross has gotten more and more irrelevant since his near-masterpiece Teflon Don. Mastermind is a stupid title.

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  • Anonymous

    This is part of the problem with Ross. I like dude's music. It's great to bump in the whip or take to the gym but there's no personality to the stuff I've heard. It doesnt make me want to go buy his album. I may download a couple songs I like but I cant imagine his whole album having a concept, theme, or story that I would want to buy into

  • Anonymous

    ross is fake he put him self together mr potato head a## nicca he aint built real

  • Anonymous

    they will make an article outta anything

  • I Had to Stop Interviewing Rick Ross Because He Can't Handle Hard Questions

    Part of me wants to feel like I'm reaching with that headline, but most of me knows that I'm not. The fact of the situation is that, during an interview with Rick Ross yesterday at the 40/40 Club in Manhattan, I brought up Reebok, which obviously triggered memories of the rapey lyric that cost him an endorsement deal with them. Perhaps for obvious reasons, things got awkward, Ross handlers got antsy, Ross low key tried to insult me, and the interview was stopped halfway through. The thing is, Rick Ross constantly talks about being a boss. To him, its not just a title, but an entire worldview. Real bosses answer the hard questions and keep it moving. Then again, what do you expect from a guy who let the media hound him over a lyricPut molly all in her champagne, she aint even know it/I took her home and I enjoyed that, she aint even know itthat he couldve easily talked his way out of? Unlike the Date Rape Drug, Rohypnol (or alcohol, the most common date rape drug of them all), MDMA isnt a sedative, and even if you slip it to someone, its not going to make them pass out. Its a stimulant and, if anything, itll make a person more alert. Clearly, Ross doesnt always know what hes talking about in his own lyrics, and he and I never even addressed that line directly. [Ed: To be fair, Ross did address the controversy in an interview with HuffPost Live, saying, "I don't really regret nothing. I'm glad I seen and learned some things. When I realized so many women were affected by that, I wanted to make sure I apologized. Where I come from, that's not even tolerated... I never thought someone would fill in whatever blanks, but I respected it, and I respected everyone's opinion who reached out, most definitely women... Ain't nothin' more impressive than women, baby.] We got close, though. I was working my way towards a question about the infamous lyric. He and his team were tactful enough to pick up on that, and thats why my interview got shut down. I asked Ross about his chemistry with Jay Z. We talked about how FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt was another hit for him. Then I brought up how he rapped Reeboks on, I just do it, nigga on that song in the midst of his controversy with the company. Thats when things got tense. Heres how the conversation played out: Noisey: I feel like you kind of purposely were fucking with people when its like, Reeboks on, I just do it nigga. Knowing the whole controversy, what were you really getting at with that line? Because thats the shit that really stands out to me. After everybodys making this big fuss and then on one of the hottest club records of the summer, youre kind of taunting people on purpose with that shit. Rick Ross: See, you the type of nigga that might consider it taunting. I dont even like that word. Dont use that word no more. What would you call it? Its not a negative word to me. You know, its like Stay focused, homie. Let me answer your question. Reeboks on, I just do it nigga. Repping Reebok. You like Reebok? I dont really wear them as much anymore. Like, Ive been a Nike nigga. I wear Vans and shit like that. Oh yeah, you a Vans nigga. Yeah, I got on Docs. Like, I know niggaslike you got on Timbs, I got on Docs. Thats just what shit is. Thats your vibe. I wish you the best. Keep shining. Keep doing your thing. Keep shining, man. I was repping Reebok. I like Reebok. We wear Reebok on our side. We wear soldiers. All white. We pull out them Rees and we wear em all white. Nah, a nigga had Rees in like middle school, when the Pumps came out, I know what its about. Yeah, classic. [Handler to Def Jam employee, when Im obviously about to start talking about the controversy and him losing his endorsement: You got the next one?] Much love. Great interview. Wish you much success. Yeah, man. Same. You dont have time for a couple more questions? We got a couple niggas waiting, man. It would've been perfectly fine if Ross ended the interview because he wasn't feeling my vibe. I get it. Writers are fucking corny. Some of the coolest shit Ive ever seen is Lil Wayne shitting on a journalist in his The Carter documentary. But Ross was just blatantly dodging a difficult question. If he and his team just let the conversation play out, they would've seen that I wasn't trying to corner him. Ross has made a lot of great music. By virtue of that alone, I went into that interview simply ready to ask real questions. Of course I was going to ask him about the rape lyric controversy. Maybe it was the format of the interviewessentially a one-journalist-in, one-journalist-out assembly line press junket promoting his upcoming Mastermindbut it felt like Ross was immediately on the defensive when I brought up Reebok, too sensitive to the assumed pressure to realize that the line of questioning came out of a place of respect. Instead, I was hit with bullshit boss posturing. Earlier in the interview, I brought up the fact that he once famously said, We dont do pushbacks, and now his album has been pushed back several times. It's a genuine question. Ross responded with some half-baked nonsense about how he changed the date because hes a boss. I shouldnt have been surprised that the guy who, in the face of physical proof, lied about being a former correctional officer, is too delusional to own up to the fact that his upcoming album has no buzz and its singles have barely even registered with the general rap-listening population, and thats why its been pushed back. Now regardless, the album's coming out, and I understand that he has to maintain a positive stance on it no matter what. But if the albums good, be confident in that and don't cower away because I'm there addressing reality. Just like the Internet calling out Ross for being a CO, the UOENO lyric is part of Ross flawed but fascinating legacy, so he might as well be prepared to address it. As soon as I brought up Reebok, he became passive aggressive, standing up, pointing at me, and showing off his shoes, in a display of grand misdirection. Last summer, I rode around LA in a BMW drinking Cristal in the backseat with my boys, rapping that contentious lyric emphatically. In that context, its a fantasy, but as a journalist, I fully expect to have a real conversation about it. But Ross has a history of getting uncomfortable in these types of situations. He attacked DJ Vlad six years ago for asking him about his past as a correctional officer and had to pay him $300,000 in a settlement. Its not like we didnt talk about Mastermind enough and I just jumped straight to controversy, like some slimey TMZ reporter trying to get a scoop. My first several questions were about the album. We talked about his ear for picking beats. We talked about his mission statement with this project. But none of that shit was interesting. Nobody cares about this album. A Drake interview with Rolling Stone has more buzz than an entire Rick Ross record at this point, and its because Drake is too open, and too honest. Ross is closed and guarded, so lapses in his ostensible personamoments of imperfection that show a real humanbecome the most interesting things hes done. That doesnt have to be a handicap or a negative. People would love to hear his real thoughts on that situation. People would love to hear something truthful about his time as a CO. That shit can only win people over. But Ross is worried about the concept of being a boss. The facade is datedhonesty is captivating, and a superstar rappers inability to be real is why rap journalism is a fucked up game. Journalists aren't your fucking friends, and they're not your fucking publicists. His excuse for ending the interview was that other writers were waiting, but there was no rush when the writers in the room before me were taking selfies with him and asking questions about Valentines Day. Im in there for 15 minutes and we start drifting towards the date rape question and all of a sudden its time to go. The best interviews are an opportunity to connect with your audience in an authentic way. There's not a single person who doesn't want to hear more about that "U.O.E.N.O." lyric. If a rapper who talks about killing people can't handle someone getting ready to ask a question about the only interesting thing he's done in the past year, maybe thats a sign that rap journalism is broken. Clearly, theres an increasingly adversarial relationship between rappers and press. Yesterday, Drake said the "press is evil, then Kanye West went on stage later that night and told members of the press to "shut the fuck up. The sad part about it is, I wasn't even looking to attack Ross and gain anything from it. I wish we could've talked more. I looked that man in the eye the entire time I was talking to him. I was an honest human being and all I was looking for was the same in return. I guess that's too much to ask.

    • Anonymous

      who is bruthadee and who are you? it does not take a sleuth to figure out that anybody that spends there Saturday reporting articles on Cop rappers is either a virgin or just a plain old fashioned loser that needs a hobby or a honey.

    • Anonymous

      BruthaDee is like that tranny kid who cried LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE, but hes on Williams team

    • Anonymous

      When in his comment did he state he was a virgin? Or are you some super detective that can decipher someone's sexual history from a comment? If so you are wasting your sleuth skills on hip hop news sites and need to go save the world.

    • Anonymous

      Funny because all of his stans are already making comments defending their hero. So if he's a virgin, so are you stans.

    • Anonymous

      The sad part is that you are going to spend the rest of your weekend copying and pasting one negative article on this fat boy and his own Stans dont even waste time posting all the positive articles. Now you know why you are a virgin.

    • ^

      Butthurt Ross groupie.

    • Anonymous

      groupie unit groupie

    • ^Respect

      100% respect you for sharing your story. This is what happens when a label does a gimmick vs authentic artist.

  • Anonymous

    Very funny Rick. That' why you let Jeezy batter you on your own song. Expecting another lazy effort covered up by a lot of features.

  • Anonymous

    Cb4 for life bosss

  • Anonymous

    rumor is him n 50 gotta joint on the album...check allhiphop.com

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