Rick Ross, 'Mastermind' (Fall 2013)
"Mastermind is my sixth album, and I'm a bigger boss than ever," says Ross. The album comes hot on the heels of the Miami rapper's 2012 LP God Forgives, I Don't, plus a string of street-hit mixtapes, compilations and guest appearances on tracks by everyone from Jay Z to John Legend. How does the Teflon Don plan to top all that? By bringing out some seriously big guns. Ross promises lots of cameos from his Maybach Music Group crew – which includes heavy hitters Wale, Meek Mill and Gunplay, along with R&B star Omarion – plus a track featuring vocals from Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine. Beatwise, Ross has been leaning toward lush, soulful sounds: He gave fans a taste of the upcoming album's overall vibe earlier this year with an online trailer accompanied by Curtis Mayfield's classic early-Seventies groove "Give Me Your Love (Love Song)." Adds Ross, "Expect a masterpiece."
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