Mid-Season Salute: The Albert Anastasia EP
Last year about this time, Rick Ross was in war mode, fighting for his career. People had questioned his street credibility and 50 Cent was straight going for his head. This year though, it's rosy for Ricky Rozay. He has "Super High" getting spins on the radio and the records "(B.M.F.) Blowin' Money Fast" and "MC Hammer" are dominating the streets. Ross' whole outlook has changed.
"That's the beauty of art," Ross told us. "You can take it and channel it any way you want to. Of course, I realize I put a lot of pollution out there as well that I wouldn't this year. That was a part of me learning. I'll forever be attracted to some form or fashion of war. I feel it's competitive but at the same time, I'm focused on my numbers. I'm focused on my business. I'm focused on my brand. I wanna see other things blossom around me, versus back-and-forth with nothing. For the most part, I feel when you prioritize your business, that's the result — that's the advice I've been given for so long. I'm trying it out."
While Ross' Teflon Don comes out July 20, for now, we have to turn our attention to one of the hottest mixtapes of the year: The Albert Anastasia EP.
"It's more than just an extended play," Ross explained to Mixtape Daily of the tape. "Because when I started recording and it was sounding too good, I wanted to put more songs in there than what I wanted to initially. But it's The Albert Anastasia EP. I named it that because Albert Anastasia was a self-made man. He was a boss. He was a lot less celebrated. He was more focused on getting his job done, handling his business. Of course, he ultimately came to an untimely demise. But I feel when it's time to go, it's always untimely, so what's the difference?"
"Sweet Life" with John Legend, "Knife Fight" with Kool G Rap and, of course, "300 Soldiers" are definite highlights.
" 'Money Maker,' free Lil Wayne," Ross said. "Boi-1da did the production. We shot the clip in Barbados; we had a lot of fun out there. The video is real visual. It's about where we come from and what a lot of people are willing to do to get where they going."