Right now, the whole major-label system is such a mess that even A-list rappers have a hell of a time putting out albums. But after months of non-starter first-single attempts and release-date push-backs, Rick Ross is finally ready to release Mastermind, his proper sixth album. We’ve already posted a few of its tracks: “The Devil Is A Lie” (with Jay Z), “War Ready” (with Jeezy), and “Nobody” (with French Montana and Diddy). The album also has contributions from people like Kanye West, the Weekend, Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, Scarface, Sizzla, Z-Ro, and Mavado. Halfway through my first listen, it’s exactly the sort of cinematic escapist mogul-rap that Ross has always done so well. And now you can stream the whole thing at iTunes.
Mastermind is out 3/4 on Def Jam.