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All Music Guide
Mastermind is the sixth studio album by hip-hop artist Rick Ross, who describes this as a more "soulful" record than his previous albums. Ross enlists executive producers Scott Storch and DJ Khalid to deliver a lively and grandiose album. It also includes the singles "No Games" featuring Future and "Box Chevy.,"
All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Not one to evolve at any rate above a snail's pace, Miami rapper Rick Ross is gloriously stuck on gangsta rap, having found a simple yet seemingly secret formula that no other hip-hopper has been able to steal, at least not for more than a single or two. Mastermind -- Ross' annual stomp-and-swagger album, 2014...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Mastermind is the sixth studio album by hip-hop artist Rick Ross, who describes this as a more "soulful" record than his previous albums. Ross enlists executive producers Scott Storch and DJ Khalid to deliver a lively and grandiose album. It also includes the singles "No Games" featuring Future and "Box Chevy.,"
All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Not one to evolve at any rate above a snail's pace, Miami rapper Rick Ross is gloriously stuck on gangsta rap, having found a simple yet seemingly secret formula that no other hip-hopper has been able to steal, at least not for more than a single or two. Mastermind -- Ross' annual stomp-and-swagger album, 2014 edition -- could be swapped out with 2009's Deeper Than Rap and only those burnt out on the album would know the difference, but when being stuck in a rut means you grind your wheels and all that spews out is gold, you only need to look to successful artists like the always funky James Brown, the always rockin' AC/DC, and the always stoned Devin the Dude for guidance. Always the same and always awesome is how Ross plays it, although to be fair, these clever street rhymes, the raspy and forceful delivery, plus the million-dollar beats are now allowed a little more room to roam as many Mastermind cuts pound past the five-minute mark. It makes the songs feel all the more epic, something that benefits the husky highlight "The Devil Is a Lie," a "crime pays" anthem with special guest Jay-Z, although the biggest monolith here is the Jeezy feature "War Ready," a claustrophobic battle cry that brings all the thrill and chaos of a Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, or even Mortal Kombat showdown. The challenges of living outside the law are addressed from beginning to end with "Drug Dealers Dream" representing square one ("Eating out of trash, sure do make you a killer"), while the Diddy-produced "Nobody" looks at the self-reliant and lonely life of a gangsta, all alone "Having sushi down at Nobu/Strapped like an Afghan soldier, and nowhere to go to" just because folks don't like that "My desire for fine things made me a liar." Variety is added when bad-man reggae enters the picture ("Mafia Music III" with Sizzla and Mavado) or the Weeknd give Ross a rare glimpse of elegant R&B heaven (harps and the pace of a Prince ballad power the great "In Vein"), plus the album is a bit more raw than previous, so expect more fan favorites than hit singles. Otherwise, this is business as usual, and business is absolutely gangbusters.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/3/2014
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 602537617470
  • Catalog Number: 001964002
  • Sales rank: 9,364

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (1:01)
  2. 2 Rich Is Gangsta (3:16)
  3. 3 Drug Dealers Dream (4:02)
  4. 4 Shots Fired (0:53)
  5. 5 Nobody (4:41)
  6. 6 The Devil Is a Lie (5:10)
  7. 7 Mafia Music III - Mavado (5:06)
  8. 8 War Ready - Jeezy (7:03)
  9. 9 What a Shame (2:14)
  10. 10 Supreme (3:37)
  11. 11 Blk & Wht (3:59)
  12. 12 Dope B**** Skit (2:53)
  13. 13 In Vein - The Weeknd (4:21)
  14. 14 Sanctified - Big Sean (4:49)
  15. 15 Walkin' on Air - Meek Mill (4:28)
  16. 16 Thug Cry (4:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rick Ross Primary Artist
Keith Sweat Vocals
Betty Wright Vocals
Teedra Moses Background Vocals
Katt Williams Vocals
RK Vocals
Tracy T. Background Vocals
French Montana Vocals, Background Vocals
Tak Vocals
Dernst "D'mile" Emile II Bass
Tadarius McCombs Bass Guitar
Whole Slab Vocals
Cira Larkin Vocals
Robin Leonard Vocals
Money Marie Vocals
Technical Credits
A+ Producer
Sean "Puffy" Combs Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Additional Production
Mike Dean Producer, Instrumentation
Jason Patterson Vocal Engineer
Dwayne Richardson Composer
Stevie J. Producer
John Rivers Engineer
Chris Athens Mastering
Deborah Mannis-Gardner Sample Clearance
Jiv Pos Producer
DJ Enuff Producer
Shawn Carter Composer
Miguel Collins Composer
Kanye West Composer, Producer
Roosevelt Harrell Composer
Chris Atlas Marketing
Robert Williams Composer
Opio Lindsey Composer
DJ Khaled Executive Producer
Eldwardo "Eddie Mix" Hernandez Engineer
Sharif Slater Producer
Rick Ross Executive Producer
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League Producer
Ben Diehl Engineer
Matthew Testa Engineer
Anthony Cruz Vocal Engineer
Noah Goldstein Engineer
Leshawn Rogers Producer
D Rich Producer
Ramon Rivas Vocal Engineer
Stephen "Di Genius" McGregor Vocal Engineer
Dwayne Carter Composer
Michelle Trumpler Engineer
William Roberts Composer
Jason Quenneville Producer, Vocal Engineer
Alex "Gucci Pucci" Bethune Executive Producer
Dijon McFarlane Composer, Producer
Bink! Producer
Andy Proctor Package Production
David Brooks Composer
Kevin Crowe Composer
The Weeknd Producer
Stephen McDowell Engineer
John "J-Banga" Kercy Engineer
Sean Anderson Composer
Michael Williams Composer
Karim Kharbouch Composer
Mike WiLL Made It Producer
Asheton Hogan Composer
Kenneth Bartolomei Composer
Dernst "D'mile" Emile II Additional Music
Abel Tesfaye Composer
Byron Forest II Composer
Black Metaphor Producer
Michael "Banger" Cahadia Vocal Engineer
Willie McNeal Composer, Producer
Scott Storch Producer
Hector Marin Composer, Producer
Omar Walker Composer, Producer
Rony Rey Vocal Engineer
LaShawn Rogers Composer
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