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On the list of history’s greatest, most important rap producers, you will probably never find one with less ambition than Madlib. When I talk about ambition, I don’t mean the drive to push one’s own ideas, to test and exceed the things that one has done in the past. Madlib has that. He’s made entire… More »

We’ve been waiting all year for new albums from some of pop music’s biggest names, and it’s looking like many of them will finally arrive this fall. Probably. Maybe? Whether or not Q4 turns out to be Yeezy Season, it should definitely be blockbuster season for the music industry if all goes according to plan. More »

Rick Ross never really seemed hungry; it was part of his appeal. When we met him, he was pushing an overblown comic-book kingpin character, talking about knowing “the real Noriega” and throwing speedboat chases into his videos. When his past as a corrections officer came to light, nobody was really mad because his whole character… More »

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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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
Tom Breihan | January 2, 2014 - 10:35 am

The 100 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2014

We're almost (almost!) done reflecting on the year that was, so it's time to start taking a closer look at the year that will be.
Chris DeVille | December 23, 2013 - 11:23 am

Rick Ross – “The Devil Is A Lie” (Feat. Jay Z)

The Rick Ross collab "FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt" was easily the best song on Jay Z's last album Magna Carta Holy Grail, and now Jay has returned the…
Tom Breihan | December 19, 2013 - 1:30 pm

The Year In Molly

MDMA aka ecstasy aka Molly has a long, storied musical history and wizened drug rappers Danny Brown and Juicy J have been spearheading a new…
Chris DeVille | December 18, 2013 - 9:04 am

Stereogum’s 50 Favorite Songs Of 2013

Determining the year's best albums is, admittedly, a subjective pursuit. But even more than an albums roundup, a list of songs is an intensely personal…
Stereogum | December 12, 2013 - 1:09 pm

Watch SNL’s Kim & Kanye Talk Show, The Worst Cover Songs Of All Time, And Lady Gaga & R. Kelly Performance

Tonight's Saturday Night Live gave us Waking Up With Kimye, a talk show in which Jay Pharaoh and Nasim Pedrad reprised their familiar impressions of…
Scott Lapatine | November 17, 2013 - 1:19 am