“[Rick Ross] had a vision,” DJ Khaled said during a Miami, Florida listening session for Rick Ross’s upcoming Mastermind album. “I will never forget. He used to tell me he was gonna build an empire called MMG. Now, MMG is one of the biggest empires in the game.”
Ross, who also appeared at the event, said he owed much of his success to God.
“First and foremost, God is great,” Ross said. “I’m in my city. I’m at the crib. I appreciate everybody comin’ out. All the bosses in the building.”
Khaled has spoken about his and Ross’s rise to prominence in music in the past. During a 2013 Life+Times interview, Khaled discussed the moment he knew that he and Ross were breaking ground on success.
“I remember telling Ross, ‘Ayo, Ross. We made it,'” Khaled said, recalling a conversation he had with Rick Ross while filming the video for “We Takin’ Over” in 2007. “That was the day, for me personally, that my life changed…Ever since that, me and Ross been loyal to each other and there’s nothing he won’t do or nothing I won’t do for each other. We don’t say the word ‘no’ to each other. We just do it.”
Ross also held a Mastermind listening session in Los Angeles, California February 21. REVOLT reports that several artists, including Ma$e, Wale and No I.D., attended the event. The publication also reports that Mastermind includes “a tribute to late rap icon, [The] Notorious B.I.G., with ‘Nobody,’ featuring Diddy and French Montana. The song reworks Biggie’s eerie ‘You’re Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You)’ and was presented as a dedication to the memory of Christopher Wallace.”
Video of Ross’s Miami listening session can be found below courtesy of Mikey T The Movie Star.