Rick Ross describes "Mastermind" collab with Kanye West, says 'Ye "turned all the way up" on the record.
In addition to performances from a variety of Hip Hop artists, one of the most talked-about moments from the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards was an altercation behind the scenes, which took place between Miami rapper Rick Ross and Atlanta wordsmith Jeezy.
It has been more than a year since the incident, described by radio personality Funkmaster Flex as a “pushing and shoving” match between the two rappers and their respective camps took place, and it appears that Jeezy and Ross have officially made amends.
Ross recently spoke on reconciling his relationship with Jeezy, who appears on the Mastermind track “War Ready,” during an interview with DJ Drama. According to the Maybach Music Group founder, both he and Jeezy happened to come across each other at a time when neither of the two was traveling with a heavy entourage.
“At the end of the day that’s bigger than Rick Ross,” he said. “That’s bigger than Young Jeezy. You know what I’m saying? That’s something we had to do for the South. That’s something we had to do for the culture. And at the end of the day we never spilled any blood or no money was lost between us therefore it was small talk. So, when we ran into each other we just bossed up…And it was just one of them times where my team was smaller than it usually be and his was, too. So, it was a good time for us just to talk to each other and that’s what we did. We kept it all the way 100. Clarified a lot of confusion.”
Ross also addressed his relationship with Brooklyn emcee Jay Z, another artist who is set to appear on his upcoming album, Mastermind. The Miami musician recalled performing with Hov while in front of thousands at a stadium not too far from where he grew up.
“You know one thing I never do. I’ve never really—you know when me and Hov have sessions, you know, I speak on his sessions,” Ross said. “But I’ve never just really, you know, gave all the game away all the way…We most definitely was in there. And we just took it to that next level...And I’m glad the homie rock with me the way he do. He keep it so 1,000. He came down to Miami on the Magna Carta tour. That stadium just so happened to be a mile away from where I grew up from. Right in the middle of Carol City. So, I run out on stage, it’s 75,000, 80,000 people and I’m like ‘Yo.’ You know what I’m saying? It felt like the floor was shaking.”
In addition to Jay Z, Mastermind will also include guest appearances from Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, The Weeknd and Kanye West. Ross spoke briefly on his collab with Kanye, which he says the G.O.O.D. Music emcee “turned all the way up” for.
“It’s most definitely something that’s real soulful. The chorus so soulful,” Ross said. “The chorus is so soulful and the verses are just so arrogant…It’s one of those joints, man, Yeezy turned all the way up. You know, I did my thing.”
Mastermind is scheduled for release on Tuesday (March 4).