Rick Ross is just on one of those runs right now. From mixtapes to guest appearances to albums, the Miami MC is churning out quality work at an incredible pace.
The rapper just released his latest mixtape offering, Ashes to Ashes, over the holidays, but not even a week into the new year, he premiered the single from his next official project. Ross’ “Made Men,” featuring Drake, debuted on Tuesday (January 4) on New York hip-hop station Power 105’s morning show, “The Breakfast Club.”
The track is the first single from the Boss’ forthcoming album, God Forgives, I Don’t. (The title is the same as upstart Cory Gunz’s forthcoming EP.)
“I just wanted to put some final touches on it,” Ross told show hosts DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne tha God about why “Made Men” wasn’t included on his mixtape. “I’m back in the lab. Meek Mill, Wale, they back in the lab now. I’m working on my project.”
The rapper also discussed the prospect of potentially signing newcomer Mill and Wale to his own Maybach Music Group. “It’s looking real good,” he said. “We gonna be making that announcement soon.”
On “Made Men,” Ross and Drake swap boastful rhymes about fast cars and fine women. “Two-door Bugatti coup, I call it Katy Perry,” Ross raps. “Wiz Khalifa papers, my favorite berries/ That ’65, I call it Rihanna/ It got a red top but it’s white like Madonna.”
Drake slyly mirrors Ross’ rhymes, but he’s sure to get folks talking with his reference to former fling Rih-Rih.
“Spending tomorrow money, I call it mañana,” he spits. “Off the rack just ain’t my style, I call a designer/ One of my baddest women ever, I call her Rihanna/ But that’s because her name is Rihanna.”
“I think it’s the beginning of a lot of big things to come,” Ross told MTV News just before the holidays about his upcoming tunes. “So I wanted to give the people something before the year was out … because I have a new album I’m cooking up … I feel like it’s a new beginning. There’s a lot of things that got to go. And this is the beginning of some new things that [will] pop off in music. Some new sounds, some new styles, some new techniques, some new bosses. And that’s what it’s about.”
As of press time, a release date for God Forgives, I Don’t had not been set.