(Sept. 6, 2013 – New York, NY) Def Jam Recordings/Maybach Music Group hip-hop magnate Rick Rossstopped traffic with last night’s release of a brand new single, “No Games” featuring Future, set to impact radio and iTunes on October 1st. “No Games,” produced by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, is the first advance track from MASTERMIND, Ross’ upcoming new album. Details on MASTERMIND will be announced in the weeks and months ahead, along with news of a national solo headlining tour.
MASTERMIND will be the eagerly anticipated follow-up to Rick’s controversial God Forgives, I Don’t (released July 2012), which was his fourth album to debut at #1 Soundscan. In addition, Warner Bros. Records will be releasing Maybach Music Group’s “Self Made 3” on September 17th.
The success of God Forgives, I Don’t was boosted by a flurry of singles and visuals from the project, including “Touch’N You” featuring Usher, “So Sophisticated” featuring Meek Mill, the incendiary and stunningly dark “Hold Me Back,” and the triumphant “3 Kings” featuring Dr. Dre and Jay-Z. In addition to those A-list collaborators, Rick was joined on the album by fellow Def Jam artist Ne-Yo (on “Maybach Music IV”), André 3000 of OutKast (on “Sixteen”), Maybach Music artist Wale and Drake (on “Diced Pineapples”), and Maybach Music artist Stalley (on the album’s epic 7-minute closing track “Ten Jesus Pieces,” one of three album cuts produced by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League).
The #1 debut of God Forgives, I Don’t followed in the tradition of Rick’s Port Of Miami (2006), Trilla (2008), andDeeper Than Rap (2009), all #1 Soundscan debuts. In support of God Forgives, I Don’t, hip-hop’s biggest boss launched an exhaustive promo tour that took him across the country and back, and paid visits to ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, E! network’s Chelsea Lately, BET’s 106 & Park, and CBS’s The Late Show with David Letterman – all capped off with the first ever cover story on Rick Ross in Rolling Stone magazine (August 30, 2012, Fall Music Special issue).
Rick Ross rose from ruling Miami’s underground rap scene, to become 2006’s buzz-worthiest hip-hop artist with Port Of Miami, his RIAA gold #1 Pop/#1 R&B/#1 Rap major label debut album. Its unstoppable single “Hustlin’” became the first master tone ever certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of 1 million copies before the associated album had even been released. Port Of Miami’s second single was “Push It,” whose movie soundtrack excerpts (circa 1990) from Giorgio Moroder’s “Scarface (Push It To The Limit),” evoked the gritty soul of Miami, a city that is always on the edge of exploding.
Six-foot-two, 300-pound Rick Ross – a “hip-hop heavyweight,” as described by the New York Times – came into his own on Trilla, whose second single release, “The Boss,” featuring T-Pain – Rick’s second RIAA platinum master tone – rose to #2 on the Billboard Hot Rap chart, #5 R&B, and Top 20 on the Hot 100. The next single, “Here I Am” featuringNelly and Avery Storm, also hit Top 10 on the Rap and R&B charts.
Deeper Than Rap followed in 2009, and got a big jump out the gate with its first single, “Magnificent” featuring John Legend, Top 5 on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. The RIAA gold album Teflon Don (#2 Soundscan) followed in 2010, containing the #1 gold single “Aston Martin Music” featuring Drake andChrisette Michele.
Rick Ross Featuring Future
“No Games” (explicit)
Maybach Music Group/Def Jam Records/IDJMG