Rick Ross, whose album Mastermind is available for streaming, recently spoke with Time about his longtime feud with Jeezy, which the two eventually patched up.  

“It was me and Jeezy running into each other,” Ross says of what prompted their reconciliation. “It was one of those moments when his crew was on one side of the door and mine was on the other side of the door. I don’t want to disclose that location yet. I wasn’t expecting it, but when we saw each other, we clarified all the misunderstandings and miscommunications. At the end of the day, I never had a problem with him and it was vice versa. We never lost money together. Nobody ever got hurt. It was just a lot of talk. We said, ‘Let’s do it for the game. The culture is bigger than us.'” 

Rick Ross Discusses Work With Mr. Brainwash

Jeezy and Ross collaborated on “War Ready,” a selection off Mastermind. The album includes a cover art done by Mr. Brainwash, an artist who was featured in Banksy’s Exit Through The Gift Shop film. 

“I’m a fan of art,” Ross says of his work with Mr. Brainwash. “That’s one of the homies. I forgot where we met. I go over to his studio, smoke, let beats play sometimes. He has a huge studio. I let Brainwash get on the mic one night. He was on the mic for three hours, just saying different things. His whole slogan is ‘Life is beautiful,’ so he was saying some powerful things. I love it.”

Ross says he may release the material he’s recorded with Brainwash. “He wants to put it out,” Ross says. “He has a vision and he has a lot of powerful quotes. The same quotes he puts in his art. He wouldn’t stop for three hours. My engineer said, ‘I quit. I’m going to stop.’ Brainwash is one of them dudes that has ideas.”

Ross’ Mastermind earned a 3/5 in its HipHopDX review

“There isn’t anything really compelling about Rick Ross’ fictional tale anymore,” HipHopDX says. “It has become stale. There is no real wiggle room for his kingpin fallacy. There’s only one angle of interest left to explore: the truth. ‘The truth will set you free, son. The truth will set you free,’ executive producer Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs shouts smugly on ‘Nothing,’ assumedly at opposing rappers pretending to be something they’re not. How ironic. Ross could’ve used that kind of advice himself years ago. Perhaps he’ll take heed before the next mastering.” 

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