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.