Maybach Music Group leader Rick Ross recently discussed the motivation behind relying on a Curtis Mayfield track to serve as the theme for his upcoming Mastermind album’s title announcement earlier in the year.
Ross acknowledged Mayfield’s 1972 “Give Me Your Love” anthem’s tone and said he wanted it to represent his sixth solo offering.
“That’s most definitely the feel and that’s why I made sure I wanted to open at the top of the new year,” Rozay told MTV News on June 3, when he and his MMG team sat with us to discuss the release of their upcoming Self Made, Vol. 3 compilation. “I wanted to make that clear for the ones that paid attention that that’s most definitely my vibe.” Ross says we can expect that sound to make up at least some of his album, but he never knows where his creative bounds may lie. “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,” he said. (MTV)
In early January, Ross chose a very cinematic way to unleash his Mastermind title.
Rick Ross is much busier than you. In 2012 — all while running Maybach Music Group — he released two mixtapes, an MMG comp and probably the best album of his career thus far, God Forgives, I Don’t. (Somewhere in there, he also found time to nab a role in the Starz series “Magic City”). Well, 2013 is shaping up to be more of the same from Rozay. Today (January 7) he premiered a trailer for his sixth album, Mastermind, which is set to drop later this year. The clip features all the hallmarks of the Bawse Life: booze, babes, hot tubs, leopard prints, actual leopards. (Idolator)
A week prior, Rozay revealed plans to announce his new LP title online.
“For everyone still celebrating New Years like myself..Im now releasing NEW LP Title Jan.7!!”
“Jan7 we unify the belts.can only be one.,” Ross tweeted January 2nd. (Rick Ross’ Twitter)
Along with his own solo effort, the “Boss” is currently putting together his team’s Self Made, Volume 3 group album.
Maybach Music is taking over the summer. In addition to new projects from Wale and Meek Mill, Rick Ross and his crew plan to release the third installment in their Self Made series. Self Made, Vol. 3 will arrive on August 6, according to hip-hop journalist Shaheem Reid. It will feature appearances from MMG’s own Rozay, Wale, Meek Mill, Omarion, Rockie Fresh, Stalley, and more. (Rap-Up)
Check out the album title announcement: