Rick Ross will release his sixth studio album, Mastermind, before the end of the year. The LP is a follow-up to 2012’s God Forgives, I Don’t.
During a recent interview with Civil TV, Ross said the project will appeal to the streets and reflect on everything that’s happened to him in recent months. “In the past year, I done seen some things. I done been through some things, so you’re gonna feel that passion and that aggression,” said the Florida-based rapper. “I think the streets are really gonna love this.”
That doesn’t mean the album will exclude some of the softer cuts for which Ross has become known. Earlier this year he told MTV he would continue to feature soulful songs on his albums. “I love making those ‘Cigar Music’ records, those ‘Amsterdam’ records, and that was most definitely the energy [while recording],” he revealed.
Late last week, the MMG rapper released a short trailer to hype the release. (Check it out below.) It takes fans through the beginning of his career and several defining moments as the crowds get bigger and collaborations grow more impressive. Diddy, Jay-Z and Birdman make appearances to help push the underlying thought, a Muhammad Ali line: “The stage is set for me to be ranked as the greatest of all time.”
The album’s lead single “No Games,” featuring fellow southern rapper Future, just dropped, and the video for the song is set to come out soon. Mastermind will be released on Dec. 17.
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