Rick Ross says “Mafia Music III” off Mastermind was originally meant for another artist.
“Mafia Music III track was originally for Detox which @drdre gave me for #Mastermind in a session. #Gem,” Ross said in a Twitter update yesterday (March 20).
In February, Bink! discussed the making of “Mafia Music III” and how much it has changed since the original track.
“I did the record for Dr. Dre, for Detox,” Bink! said at the time. “Dr. Dre hired Ross to write his verse for him. So Ross wrote a verse for him and a verse for himself, and then he was supposed to put Rihanna on the hook. But, you know, Dre never revisited the record, and then Ross came back about a month and a half ago and wanted the record for himself. So I had to ask the Good Doctor for clearance. I actually made it with Dre. I was in Vegas with Dre working on it at the time. They brought Ross in later. Actually, Khaled called me. He was just ranting and raving about Ross’s verse—his exact words were, ‘Ross caught the Holy Spirit.’ He kept saying that Ross had caught the Holy Ghost. ‘We gotta have that, we gotta have that.’ So I was like, you know, ‘I gotta call up Big Homie and see if he’ll let it go,’ ’cause I knew he was back in Detox mode again. I didn’t know if he was gonna hold onto it or not this time around.
“Dre was basically like, ‘Ask him to send you a copy of the record, and if you like it, I’m with you. I’ma let you make the call,'” Bink! added. “Which is flattering to me, but at the same time that’s what Big Homie told me. So I called them, they sent me the record, which they was very nervous about [it], because of course these days for some reason, when you send a rapper the music, they feel like their lyrics is worth more than the beat, and they don’t send the song back…I still have yet to hear it. ‘Cause when I heard it, it was just Ross and Mavado, but now they added Sizzla to it, so I still haven’t heard Sizzla’s verse. There’s a serious disconnect, to be honest with you, with the music. It’s not like it used to be.”
— Mastermind (@rickyrozay) March 20, 2014