The rapper has announced the tracklisting for the album, which is due for release on March 3. Other stars confirmed to cameo on the record include Lil Wayne, Meek Mill and Big Sean, while P Diddy is credited as a co-executive producer alongside Ross himself.
Recently, Ross, whose real name is Willam Roberts II, was involved in a legal battle to keep his stage name. Former drug kingpin ‘Freeway’ Ricky Ross challenged the rapper for appropriating his name and likeness but the $10million lawsuit by the reportedly reformed Ricky Ross came to nothing.
Judge Boren, who oversaw the case, said in a statement: “We recognise that Roberts’ work – his music and persona as a rap musician – relies to some extent on the plaintiff’s name and persona. Roberts chose to use the name ‘Rick Ross’. He raps about trafficking in cocaine and brags about his wealth. These were ‘raw materials’ from which Roberts’ music career was synthesised. But these are not the ‘very sum and substance’ of Roberts’ work.
“Roberts created a celebrity identity, using the name Rick Ross, of a cocaine kingpin turned rapper. He was not simply an impostor seeking to profit solely off the name and reputation of Rick Ross. Rather, he made music out of fictional tales of dealing drugs and other exploits – some of which related to the plaintiff. Using the name and certain details of an infamous criminal’s life as basic elements, he created original artistic works.”
The tracklisting for ‘Mastermind’ is as follows:
‘Rich Is Gangsta’
‘Drug Dealers Dream’
‘The Devil Is A Lie’ feat. Jay-Z
‘Mafia Music III’ feat. Sizzla & Mavado
‘War Ready’ feat. Jeezy
‘What A Shame’
‘Blk & Wht’
‘Dope Bitch Skit’
‘In Vein’ feat. The Weeknd
‘Sanctified’ feat. Kanye West & Big Sean
‘Walkin On Air’ feat. Meek Mill
‘Thug Cry’ feat. Lil Wayne