Rick Ross Details Diddy's "Mastermind" Contributions

Rick Ross says he revisited The Notorious B.I.G.'s "You're Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You)" following last year's shooting.

In addition to producing and appearing on Rick Ross’ Mastermind record “Nobody,” Bad Boy Records founder Diddy also lent his assistance on the album as executive producer. In early February, it was announced that Diddy would executive produce Ross’ sixth studio album, and during a recent interview with Shaheem Reid of DefJam.com, Ross detailed Diddy’s duties as executive producer.

According to the Maybach Music Group founder, Diddy was adamant about the album sounding like it was recorded all in the same day. Ross says that Diddy also helped give Mastermind a ‘90s feel.

“That’s the expertise that Puff bring to the table,” Ross said. “The way he orchestrate the music. Myself I’m in the studio—For example, and I’ll hear a record come on from a writer’s perspective I’m listening to the rhymes, the tones, punch lines, and then the beat. And it’s the total opposite when Puff in the studio. He listening to the snare, to the high hat, to the kick. All previous of my five albums whenever I mixed my album and went to master it I could master my album in three hours. With the process Puff put it through it took three days. Yeah, so it was like giving it a ‘90s feel…I was in the studio. I’m smoking. I’m drinking. And Puff just said ‘This album, this album it’s missing one thing. We gotta make it feel like it was recorded in the same booth, same day.’”

Ross also spoke on “Nobody,” a record that features an intro from Diddy and samples The Notorious B.I.G.’s “You’re Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You).” The Miami rapper revealed that he revisited Biggie’s Life After Death record just days after the Rolls Royce he was traveling in while in Fort Lauderdale, Florida was shot at early last year.

“That was most definitely one of my favorite Life After Death records,” he said. “I went back and listened to it a different kind of way after that night. I heard some things I may have not heard many years before that. So, I had to take a stab at it. And that’s what I did.”

In January 2013, Ross crashed his Rolls Royce Phantom while attempting to escape a shooting attack. The rapper and his companion were not injured during the incident.

Roughly one month after the shooting, Ross spoke with MTV about the incident and revealed that he was attempting to stay positive.

“[There are] no suspects and we not here to speculate on any suspects," he said to MTV in February 2013. "I'm just staying positive, I'm moving forward and I'm just staying on top of my game."

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14 Comments

  • Anonymous

    "From a writers perspective" Remember when this dude first came out and he said he doesnt write his own rhymes and it doesnt matter because its dope? This guy cant help but be a fraud. The dude was sent to shake everything you believe about hip-hop.

  • Anonymous

    last years fake shooting

  • Anonymous

    puff doesn't make beats he just takes credit for someone else's work its a known fact

  • DETROIT SLIM

    WTF is this nigga talkin bout lol? Diddy can listen to all the snares n hats he wants but that weak ass nigga still cant make a beat or compose music. Any nigga with an ear can be like"yo, turn the snare up" n shit. I'm so sick of niggas nutridin that weak ass horseface bitch. He aint contributed shit to rap. Al he ever did is take credit for other niggas shit n rob his artists of money

    • Nasqueer Jones

      Detroit gay shut your dumb ugly ass up. That nigga diddy gave me my only hit you can hate me now.

  • Anonymous

    Diddy rains relevant and Ross remains a major figure in this game, I would be hurt if I was a Fiddy fan

    • tomo

      ohh why was Ross with floyd and dre haaaaaaaaaaaa

    • Anonymous

      "Daddy why was Uncle Diddy with 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather we we went out to Vegas? I thought we don't like him?"

    • Anonymous

      Ross fans are just like William, always thinking about 50 Cent even years later. I heard him mention 50 name on Mastermind. He must think about how bad be clowned him everyday of his life. Rozay's kids probably still reminisce about that one time they got to hang out with a real nigga like 50 in Vegas. Uncle Diddy was even there to add insult to injury.

  • DONT SHOOT ME OFFICER RICKY

    "Other personnel records include a fingerprint card that was used during a criminal background check, and the resulting report showing that Ross was clean. In a supplemental application, Ross agreed to perform a wide range of correctional officer duties, including "shoot an inmate attempting to escape.""

    • Anonymous

      Salute to Ross for making a career off rapping about being something he never was.

    • Anonymous

      You don't get to be a Boss if you are too stupid to stay out of jail that's the difference between a Hustler and a Criminal. Salute to Ross on not being just another statistic

  • Anonymous

    I don't care what anyone says that was a fake ass shooting or a warning to cut the check. No one has aim that bad. You can't let off a clip at a Rolls Royce and not hit it one time.

  • Anonymous

    Do you guys think Diddy let's Ross fuck him or does Diddy fuck Ross? I know Xzibit said Superhead used to finger Diddys bootyhole.

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