News: Def Jam Exec Addresses Rick Ross' "God Forgives" Delay, "He Physically Wasn't Able To Deal W/ Certain Things"

Friday, Nov 18, 2011 1:10PM

Written by Rosario Harper

After Maybach Music Group's Rick Ross hinted at plans to sideline his upcoming God Forgives, I Don't album through 2012 this week, Def Jam Senior VP of Marketing Chris Atlas publicly speaks about the album's pushback.

With plans to make this LP Ross' biggest to date, Atlas said his recent ailments have forced the label to temporarily shelve the project.

"I think we're all aware of his recent health issue, and based on some of the minor setbacks with that, we weren't able to confirm certain opportunities, because he physically wasn't able to deal with certain things at the time," says Atlas. "We want this to be his biggest album -- we know it's going to be his biggest album -- so we did not want to pressure him into releasing an album based on the sake of a date." (Billboard)

This week, Ricky Rozay hinted at the album possibly missing its scheduled December release.

"The date is still tentative, December 13. [Because of] my little health situation, I had to postpone a lot of my groundwork," Ross said in an interview. "And I feel like that's important for artists like myself. If I wanted to, I'm pretty sure I could still meet that date, but I think for the people, it's more important [to lay groundwork] for when I get out there and look them in the face and touch them hands -- We've just gotta lay ground for it, and I'ma keep y'all updated." (MTV)

Earlier this month, Ross came forward and discussed his multiple seizures.

"On the flight, I had a seizure and when I snapped out of it and they had told me what happened, I'm like, 'You bugging. Call the jet, we finna keep it moving.' ... I felt a little wore out but I felt like I could keep going and that's what it was," Ross told "106 & Park" hosts Terrence J and Rocsi. "I boarded a jet and I had another seizure and when I snapped out of that one, I woke up in front of a doctor and he asked me basically, 'When was the last time you slept eight hours?' And I said it had to have been at least five years. ... I would get two hours of sleep and keep moving -- me being the hustler. That has to stop. I was fortunate enough, the doctor ran a battery of tests on me from cancer, diabetes, HIV, et cetera, et cetera and I came back totally healthy." ("106 & Park")

A few weeks ago, Ricky Rozay announced the project's official release date.

Rick Ross appeared on Funkmaster Flex's show on New York radio station Hot 97 earlier tonight (October 4) to drop off two new records from his forthcoming fifth solo album, God Forgives, I Don't. During the conversation, the October 2011 XXL cover boy, revealed a December 13 release date for his new disc and showed fans what they could expect to hear from the album. On "You the Boss," listeners hear Rozay rapping on a laid back, R&B flavored cut with Nicki Minaj singing the auto-tuned chorus. "I Love My B*tches" finds the Miami rapper spitting over a sped up sample chopped up by super producer Just Blaze. (XXL Mag)

Check out a recent Rick Ross interview down below:

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