Mastermind (Rick Ross album)

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Mastermind
Studio album by Rick Ross
ReleasedMarch 4, 2014 (2014-03-04)
Recorded2012–2014
GenreHip hop
LabelMaybach Music Group, Slip-n-Slide Records, Def Jam Recordings
ProducerRick Ross (exec.), Sean Combs (also exec.), Bink!, Black Metaphor, DJ Mustard, D-Rich, Jake One, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Kanye West, K.E. on the Track, Major Seven, Mike Will Made It, Reefa, Scott Storch, The Weeknd
Rick Ross chronology
God Forgives, I Don't
(2012)
Mastermind
(2014)
Deluxe edition cover
Singles from Mastermind
  1. "The Devil Is a Lie"
    Released: December 19, 2013 (2013-12-19)
 
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Mastermind
Studio album by Rick Ross
ReleasedMarch 4, 2014 (2014-03-04)
Recorded2012–2014
GenreHip hop
LabelMaybach Music Group, Slip-n-Slide Records, Def Jam Recordings
ProducerRick Ross (exec.), Sean Combs (also exec.), Bink!, Black Metaphor, DJ Mustard, D-Rich, Jake One, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Kanye West, K.E. on the Track, Major Seven, Mike Will Made It, Reefa, Scott Storch, The Weeknd
Rick Ross chronology
God Forgives, I Don't
(2012)
Mastermind
(2014)
Deluxe edition cover
Singles from Mastermind
  1. "The Devil Is a Lie"
    Released: December 19, 2013 (2013-12-19)

Mastermind is the upcoming sixth studio album by American rapper Rick Ross, set to be released on March 4, 2014, by Maybach Music Group, Slip-n-Slide Records and Def Jam Recordings. The album features guest appearances from Jay-Z, Jeezy, The Weeknd, Sizzla, Mavado, Kanye West, Big Sean, Meek Mill, Lil Wayne, Scarface and Z-Ro. The album was supported by one official single— "The Devil Is a Lie", along with the promotional singles "Box Chevy", "No Games" and "War Ready".

Background[edit]

In December 2012, it was reported that Rick Ross had begun working on his sixth studio album.[1] On January 1, 2013, he announced he would release the title of his sixth studio album on January 7, 2013.[2] On January 7, 2013, in a promotional video he revealed the title of sixth album would be Mastermind.[3] On June 10, 2013, during an interview with MTV News, he explained that Mastermind will have a soulful vibe, saying: "That's most definitely the feel and that's why I made sure I wanted to open at the top of the new year. I wanted to make that clear for the ones that paid attention that that's most definitely my vibe. I love making those kind of records, those 'Cigar Music' records, those 'Amsterdam' records, and that was most definitely the energy, but I record so much material — we gotta wait and see."[4]

In an October 10, 2013 interview with Civil TV, Rick Ross spoke about the background of the album saying, "In the past year I done seen some things, I done been through some things, so you're going to feel that passion and that aggression. I think the streets are really going to love this." He also said he was putting "the finishing touches" on a song he wants to get Bobby Womack featured on.[5] In an October 2013, interview with Hot 97 he explained the album title, saying: "It’s all about coming from wherever you come from and take it wherever you want to go to. And the minute you do that that’s when you can consider yourself a mastermind."[6] In December 2013, during an interview on Hip-Hop Nation, Rick Ross spoke about why he decided to push the album back from its original December 17, 2013, release date, saying: "I’m still putting the final touches on the album. You know me, making that classic is more important than anything and making sure the streets are overwhelmed with what I am doing is what is most important. I’m gonna try to get it to you, and if I don’t, I’ma get it to you ASAP."[7]

Recording and production[edit]

In January 9, 2014, the album was mixed by Diddy.[8] Also in January 2014, Scott Storch confirmed that he provided production on the album.[9] The following month, Mike Will Made It revealed that he had produced a collaboration between Rick Ross and Young Jeezy for the album.[10] The album was executive produced by Rick Ross and co-produced by Diddy.[11]. On February 8, 2014, DJ Mustard revealed that he co-produced "Sanctified" with Kanye West.[12] Rick Ross collaborated with various artists during the album's recording process. The final version of the album would feature Jay-Z, Jeezy, The Weeknd, Sizzla, Mavado, Kanye West, Big Sean, Meek Mill, Lil Wayne, Scarface and Z-Ro.[13]

Release and promotion[edit]

On September 16, 2013, he announced the Mastermind Tour Dates, a mini-USA tour to promote Mastermind which will run from November 12, 2013, until November 23, 2013.[14] On October 9, 2013, Rick Ross announced on his Twitter account that the album would be released on December 17, 2013.[15] Two days later, a trailer for the album was released. The trailer "chronicles Ross' journey starting in 1999 through a series of fast moving shots quickly covering his come up through the rap ranks." Footage of Jay Z, Diddy, Birdman, Big Meech, Pablo Escobar and Muhammad Ali are spliced into the video for effect.[16] On January 14, 2014, Def Jam announced that the album would be released on March 4, 2014.[17] On January 24, 2014, the album cover was revealed.[18]

Singles[edit]

The first promotional single "Box Chevy" was released on February 15, 2013.[19][20][21] The music video was filmed on April 1, 2013 and features cameos from MMG members Gunplay, Stalley and Rockie Fresh.[22] On May 2, 2013, the music video was released for "Box Chevy".[23] The song peaked at number six on the US Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.[24]

September 5, 2013 saw the release of the album's second promotional single "No Games" featuring Future and produced by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League.[25] The following day it was sent to Urban contemporary radio as a single.[26] The music video for "No Games" was filmed on October 10, 2013.[27] The song has since peaked at number 19 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100.[28] On November 3, 2013, the music video was released for "No Games" featuring Future.[29]

On October 23, 2013, Rick Ross announced that the album's first official single, which will feature Jay-Z, will be released in early November 2013.[30] The following day, Ross revealed that the song is titled "The Devil Is a Lie". He explained that song saying, "We’re pushing the envelope once again and it’s just one of those records I can’t wait to hit the streets. We went in another direction but it’s just one of those records that’s gonna speak for itself and everybody’s gonna have their opinion of it, but it’s most definitely what the streets need."[30] On December 19, 2013, "The Devil Is a Lie" featuring Jay-Z was released for digital download.[31] It will be sent to urban contemporary radio in the United States on January 21, 2014.[32]

On January 24, 2014, it was announced that the next single would be titled, "War Ready" and would feature Young Jeezy.[18]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Intro"    1:01
2."Rich Is Gangsta"  William Roberts II, Byron Forest IIBlack Metaphor3:16
3."Drug Dealers Dream"  Roberts II, Jacob DuttonJake One4:02
4."Shots Fired"  Roberts II 0:53
5."Nobody"  Roberts II, Sean CombsSean Combs4:41
6."The Devil Is a Lie" (featuring Jay-Z)Roberts II, LeShawn Rogers, Willie McNeal, Shawn Carter, Kevin EronduMajor Seven,[33] K.E. On the Track5:10
7."Mafia Music III" (featuring Sizzla and Mavado)Roberts II, Miguel Collins, David Brooks, Roosevelt Harrell IIIBink!5:07
8."War Ready" (featuring Jeezy)Roberts II, Michael Williams, Tracy Richardson, Asheton Hogan, Jay JenkinsMike WiLL Made It7:03
9."What a Shame"  Roberts II, Sharif SlaterReefa2:14
10."Supreme"  Roberts II, Scott StorchScott Storch3:37
11."BLK & WHT"  Roberts II, Dwayne RichardsonD-Rich3:59
12."Dope Bitch" (Skit)  2:53
13."In Vein" (featuring The Weeknd)Roberts II, Abel TesfayeThe Weeknd4:21
14."Sanctified" (featuring Kanye West and Big Sean)Roberts II, Sean Anderson, Kanye West, Dijon McFarlaneKanye West, DJ Mustard (co.)4:49
15."Walkin' on Air" (featuring Meek Mill)Roberts II, Robert Williams, Dwayne RichardsonD-Rich4:28
16."Thug Cry" (featuring Lil Wayne)Roberts II, Dwayne Carter, Jr.J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League4:25

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