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Puff Daddy – “Big Homie” (Feat. Rick Ross & French Montana) Video

Sean Combs is just fun to watch. The rapper, who recently reverted to Puff Daddy form after years as Diddy, just came back roaring with his ridiculous and overblown new Rick Ross/French Montana collab “Big Homie.” And now we get the video, wherein he struts through liquor stores and Waffle Houses while trailing a seriou… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 31, 2014 - 3:49 pm

Puff Daddy – “Big Homie” (Feat. Rick Ross & French Montana)

Because he can’t help but stoke the fuels of Twitter snark every few weeks, the man known to the government as Sean Combs (and to beloved former Stereogummer Amrit Singh as “boss”) has changed his name from Diddy back to classic-era Puff Daddy. And the rechristened Puff is working on a new album called MoneyMore »

By: Tom Breihan / March 26, 2014 - 4:37 pm

Rick Ross – “The Devil Is A Lie” Video

Rick Ross’s new album Mastermind is far from being his best work, but “The Devil Is A Lie,” its stormy and horn-stabbed Jay Z collab, is an easy highlight. You’d think a track like that would demand the typical bajillion-dollar Rick Ross video, with all the car chases and helicopters and leashed lions that would… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 21, 2014 - 10:27 am

The Week In Pop: The Mis-MGMT Of Foster The People

Every few years, a musician achieves that rare combination of commercial dominance and critical acclaim — and therefore inspires lots of copycats — only to willfully retreat from the spotlight. This usually involves making an album designed to alienate mainstream audiences and/or distance the originator from the imitators. It also tends to create a vacuum… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 20, 2014 - 3:58 pm

The Week In Pop: It’s Time We All Agreed That Coldplay Are Great

We need to have a conversation about Coldplay. More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 13, 2014 - 4:22 pm

Rick Ross – “War Ready” (Feat. Jeezy) Video

Rick Ross’s new album Mastermind tends to sag under the weight of its own opulence, but it finds one of its few moments of true shout-along catharsis with “War Ready,” a six-minute shout-along death-threat anthem that unites Ross with former foe Jeezy. Now, that track gets an appropriately low-budget and violent video. The clip ha… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 10, 2014 - 9:14 am

Watch Kanye West & Big Sean’s Surprise Appearance With Rick Ross On Arsenio

Rick Ross’s new album Mastermind came out on Tuesday, and he’s been all over the late-night TV circuit for the last few weeks. But he saved the big guns for last night’s performance on Arsenio. Doing the album highlight “Sanctified,” Ross performed with that song’s two guests, Kanye West and Big Sean (though sadly not… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 7, 2014 - 8:55 am

Watch Rick Ross Play Late Night With French Montana

Rick Ross was the musical guest on Late Night With Seth Meyers last night, and sadly, Fred Armisen’s house band of ’90s indie heavyweights did not back him up. Instead, Ross had his own live band, as well as the permanently stuffed-up Bronx rap star French Montana. Together, Ross and French did “Nobody,” the slow… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 6, 2014 - 11:27 am

Premature Evaluation: Rick Ross Mastermind

It feels like it’s been a lifetime since word leaked out that the actual backstory of William Leonard Roberts II, since we learned that his real prison-guard past couldn’t be further removed from the drug kingpin he likes to portray on record. His ability to sell that over-the-top and avowedly fake persona has been a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 3, 2014 - 1:59 pm

Big K.R.I.T. – “New Agenda” (Feat. Rick Ross)

At this point, it doesn’t make much sense to call the Mississippi rapper/producer Big K.R.I.T. “underground” anymore. He’s on Def Jam, his last album had 2 Chainz on one of its singles, and now he’s got a song with Rick Ross. K.R.I.T. produced “New Agenda,” his new Ross collab, himself, and it’s fun to hear… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 3, 2014 - 11:53 am

Rick Ross – “Nobody” (Feat. French Montana & Diddy) Video

Last week Rick Ross released the Mastermind track “Nobody” as a single, and Tom noted that French Montana’s hook repurposes the Notorious B.I.G.’s “You’re Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You),” sending Rozay’s already high “Biggie Smalls corpse-humpery levels” through the roof. The Biggie homage is intentional — hence the presence of Mastermind executive producer Sean Com… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 27, 2014 - 5:37 pm

Stream Rick Ross Mastermind

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 DevilMore »

By: Tom Breihan / February 26, 2014 - 8:48 am

Watch Rick Ross Play The Tonight Show With The Roots

The Devil Is A Lie,” Rick Ross’s new Jay Z collab, is a harder and more anthemic song than either Ross or Jay has any business making at this late-career date. And last night, appearing on Jimmy Fallon’s newly reinvisioned Tonight Show, Ross really did look like the biggest rap star in the world (eve… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 25, 2014 - 9:00 am

Rick Ross – “Nobody” (Feat. French Montana & Diddy)

Rick Ross’s Biggie Smalls corpse-humpery levels have always been strong, but they reach record levels with “Nobody,” a song from his new album Mastermind. The song is more or less a remake of “You’re Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You),” a classic from Biggie’s Life After Death, right down to the part where Diddy (credited, i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 20, 2014 - 8:52 am

Rick Ross – “War Ready” (Feat. Young Jeezy)

It took Rick Ross a while to put together his new album Mastermind, and of all its prospective early singles, the only one that’s going to appear on the proper album is the hard-as-hell Jay Z collab “The Devil Is A Lie.” But the album is finally coming together, and it’s set to feature appearance… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 10, 2014 - 12:16 pm

Rick Ross – “Oyster Perpetual”

I have no idea what the phrase “Oyster Perpetual” means, except that it sounds vaguely luxurious, and that’s probably exactly the way Rick Ross means it. “Oyster Perpetual” happens to be the first all-solo Ross track that will presumably appear on the forthcoming Ross album Mastermind; it follows the Future collab “No Games” and the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 4, 2014 - 8:59 am

Rick Ross – “Bound 2 (Freestyle)” Video

Rick Ross doesn’t top “Step back, can’t get spunk on the mink” on his freestyle of the Yeezus album closer, but it’s decent enough. He trades the soft glow of Ye’s infamous video for flashing carnival lights. No motorcycles here, but he still manages to namecheck a Kardashian (Khloe in this case — “Lamar love… More »

By: James Rettig / January 17, 2014 - 12:58 pm

Rick Ross Mastermind Coming March 4th

It’s been over a year since we found out the name of Rick Ross’ sixth album was Mastermind and now we finally have a release date. In the ominous teaser video, the self-proclaimed “untouchable Maybach empire” announced the album will be out on 3/4. We’ve already heard a few songs that should appear on the… More »

By: James Rettig / January 14, 2014 - 4:08 pm

Rick Ross Sues LMFAO

Rick Ross is apparently feeling confident after his recent court victory over cocaine kingpin “Freeway” Ricky Ross, in which a judge ruled that the rapper (born William Leonard Roberts) has the right to build a fictionalized identity around the drug dealer’s name for First Amendment reasons. Ross the rapper is feeling so confident, in fact,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 3, 2014 - 10:33 am

Rick Ross Wins Legal Battle With “Freeway” Rick Ross, Shares “Bound 2″ Freestyle

Rick Ross took his rap name from “Freeway” Ricky Ross, the 1980s cocaine kingpin whose crime career ended when he spent 13 years in prison. Shortly after his release, the drug dealer Ross sued the rapper Ross for appropriating his image and likeness, and the two have been waging a legal battle over the right… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 2, 2014 - 10:35 am