LOS ANGELES — It's not mo' money, mo' problems for Rick Ross.
"Mo' cars, mo' clothes, mo' money means mo' dough to blow," the Miami up-and-comer raps on his new single, "Blow." The track, the follow-up to Ross's breakthrough "Hustlin'," is going to radio stations Monday and will be followed with a Benny Boom-directed video. Port of Miami, the MC's debut LP, is set for an August 8 release.
"This is my time to shine," Ross said at June's BET Awards. "[The album] is just a Rick Ross testimony, 'cause now you know how hard it was in order to get to this point. It's really easy to say it took me 12 years, but now I really detail and give you some instances that I had to struggle through."
Jay-Z, who signed Ross to Def Jam after a fierce bidding war, has said the MC is known for showcasing "the [darker] side of Miami" (see "Jay-Z Gets Behind Rick Ross To Show He's 'Still In The Rap Business' ").
Cool & Dre produced "Blow" and several other tracks, while Jazze Pha, DJ Khaled and "Hustlin' " masterminds the Runners also contributed production to Port. Guest spots include Akon on "Cross That Line," Lil Wayne on "I'm a G," Mario Winans on "Get Away," Lyfe Jennings on "It's My Time," Carol City Cartel (Ross' group) on "It Ain't a Problem" — and, of course, Jay-Z and Young Jeezy on the "Hustlin' " remix.
Ross said he's also hoping to get Beanie Sigel, Trick Daddy and Ne-Yo on the LP before he hits his deadline, although "Blow" and his likely third single, "Push It" — which borrows its soundscape from "Scarface (Push It to the Limit)," the Al Pacino movie's theme — are solo joints.
"It's just a motivational record," Ross said of "Push It." "No matter what you're doing, you got to push it to the limit. You got to push yourself and be the best you possibly can, and that's what Rick Ross is all about."
Along with finishing Port of Miami, Ross has also contributed to Dre's "Chevy Ridin' High" and DJ Khaled's "Holla at Me" and is starting to look at movie scripts.
"I'm just big at whatever I do, no matter what it is, man, so you will be seeing me everywhere," Ross said. "I'm a hustler."