Rick Ross, Timbaland, K. Michelle Team Up for ‘If They Knew’ – Rolling Stone
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Rick Ross, Timbaland, K. Michelle Team Up for ‘If They Knew’

Hear the latest cut from ‘Hood Billionaire,’ the Bawse’s second record of 2014

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Rick Ross

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Not too many people have the gumption to release two albums in one year, but as Rick Ross explained on Power 105.1 earlier this month: “That’s how bosses do it, ya heard me?” The MC is prepping for the release of his seventh LP, Hood Billionaire, just eight months after March’s Mastermind; and now Ross has offered up a new album cut, “If They Knew,” which features production from Timbaland and a hook from singer K. Michelle.

Over a classic Timbaland beat — equal parts sharp as a tack and totally spaced out — Rolling Stone‘s resident advice columnist trots out his duffle-bag don braggadocio, boasting of Bentleys, G5s and overly spacious hotel rooms, while also paying tribute to his number one girl, “She in love with the life, champagne and all the light / Chanel sneakers and scarves, I want you to be my wife.” And while K. Michelle’s chorus veers more towards the inevitable doom of love, the big Bawse keeps his heart open wide: “I’m catching’ feelings for her, she take away the pain.”

Hood Billionaire is slated for release on November 24th, and also includes the previously released cuts, “Keep Doin’ That (Rich Bitch)” with R. Kelly and “Elvis Presley Blvd.” with Project Pat. Ross also teased a track with Jay Z called “Movin’ Base” and said that T.I. would also appear on the LP.

In that same Power 105.1 interview, Ross went on to explain the differences between Mastermind and Hood Billionaire, saying he made the two albums around the same time but both captured different feelings. “This right here this my Geechee Liberace,” he said of Hood Billionaire. “This a gold ring on every finger. We holding the bottles in the sky letting the champagne run down our arm. So, it’s just that feel-good record. A lot of 808s, real bass heavy. And it’s gonna feel different to you. So, it’s gonna feel like a full year from the boss.”


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