Rick Ross is known for his loud and boisterous street anthems, but the MMG boss also knows when to slow things down to get in tune with his soulful side. It's a sound he's experimented with ever since his 2006 debut album, Port of Miami, and one that he looks to dive deep into with his December 17 Mastermind LP.
"This album I most definitely tapped into the Curtis Mayfield of soul," he told MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway before revealing a potential collaboration with one of the genre's innovators. "I actually just got off the phone with Bobby Womack less than an hour ago. He's one of my favorites. ... We just spoke on it, so we got a little connecting to do, but it's feeling good."
Womack is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee who has had his music sampled by artists like Mariah Carey, 50 Cent, Wu-Tang Clan, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Big K.R.I.T. and Rick Ross on his latest MMG compilation, Self Made Vol. 3. Now, Rozay has high hopes for this collaboration.
"We just going to another level with that soul and as far as that energy and that geechi Liberace music that I make, this is uncut," he said.
On Tuesday night, Ross invited select members of the music media to take a listen to new tracks off of his upcoming LP in New York City and while there weren't any contributions from Womack yet, the album showed a ton of promise. One song he played samples the Notorious B.I.G.'s "You're Nobody (Until Somebody Kills You)" and finds Ross reflecting on the shooting attempt on his life at the top of the year.
There's another record named after famed director Francis Ford Coppola, and "Ultimate Price," where Rozay talks about all that he has sacrificed for his success. The boss did warn that his track list wasn't finalized, so when he does release the album a little over a month from now, it may take a different shape.
When he talked to MTV's Sway Calloway, however, he had no doubt about the magnitude of the project, saying, "This is gonna be my biggest impacting record."