By Hillary Crosley, with additional reporting by Spiff TV
Rick Ross has come a long way from his "Hustlin' " days.
The Florida MC premiered the first single, "Made Men" featuring Drake, from his forth-coming LP, God Forgives, But I Don't but it's his Ashes To Ashes mixtape that's ruling our iTunes. The Bawse spoke to MTV News about stretching himself creatively on this tape with a name you might not expect — or at least we didn't.
"On this mixtape, it's all new music which I recorded at the Maybauch Music studios," he said. "We've got Wiz Khalifa, T.I., Aaliyah, Barry White, Ne-Yo and of course my team's on the mixtape. We tried some different things, shout out to Chester French."
Interesting, right? We haven't heard much from the Pharrell Williams-affiliated pop group since their 2009 LP Love The Future, but we're definitely curious to see what they did with Rozay.
"We did some different things and I think that everybody really appreciates the direction," Rick said. "It's another opportunity to show my supporters what I'm capable of doing on my off time and when I'm on tour. The mixtape might've taken me three weeks to put together while I was on tour, it was a dope experience."
And while many felt that the MC may've been snubbed by the Grammy's nominations as well as the Soul Train Awards, Ross is taking it all in stride.
"It's not about receiving critical acclaim, it's about becoming comfortable," Ross said. "I think that's when you really find out who you are musically and can really challenge yourself and take it even further."
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