According to [artist id=”2000082″]Rick Ross[/artist], his Deeper Than Rap album — set to drop April 21 — will be his hip-hop “inauguration.” The LP, originally slated for a March 24 release, has been pushed back a month. Ross and his reps recently released a bit more info on the project, supplying us with collabos and song titles.
“Valley of Death” features Mary J. Blige, while The-Dream’s go-to guy, producer Tricky Stewart, supplied the beat for “All I Want.” Other beat men on the LP include the Runner, who wrote tracks for “Boss’ Lady,” “In Cold Blood” and “Laid Back,” and Drumma Boy, who helmed “Face.” The J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League — the team behind many tracks on Ross’ previous albums — produced “Maybach Music, Pt. 2,” which features Lil Wayne and Kanye West. The League’s handiwork can also be heard on “Rich Off Cocaine” and “Yacht Club.” Nas also has a cameo on “Usual Suspects.”
The Boss is also planning a mini-tour of New York this spring, the first stop being in 50 Cent ’s home borough of Queens.
“We got something coming up real soon,” Ross told us recently. “We’re having a big concert in New York City. The money I make will go to underprivileged kids — some of the orphans. I’m starting in Queens, then I’m going to the Bronx, then I’m going to Brooklyn, then I’m stopping in Harlem, then I’m going to 305 [Miami]. Real people do real things.”
Ross’ label, Def Jam, does not have the official dates for these stops as of yet.