The Complete Guide to Rick Ross' 'Mastermind'

The Complete Guide to Rick Ross' 'Mastermind'

FUSE TV - The Complete Guide to Rick Ross' 'Mastermind'

UPDATE: Mastermind sold 179,000 copies in its first week, giving Ross his fifth No. 1 album in six tries. "Devil is a Lie" and "Sanctified" both also entered the Hot 100, giving Ross his first hits on that chart since the summer of 2012.

The Buildup

The Teflon Don first announced his sixth album over a year ago, revealing in a video posted to Worldstar Hip Hop that it would be called Mastermind. That was the start of a long, winding road marked by stillborn singles and false-start release dates. In October 2013, he said the album would be in stores on December 17, but in early December it was pushed back to its current date of March 4.

Earlier this year, Ross revealed that Diddy, whom he's worked with extensively, co-executive produced the album. In earlier interviews, Ross described the album as soulful, using the sound of luxurious tracks like his "Cigar Music" series as a jumping point.

The Singles

Buckle up, because this is a lengthy trip.

Mastermind's first single came during the spring of 2013. Called "Box Chevy," it was another single in the vein of his twin street smashes "B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)" and "MC Hammer." But like 2012's "Hold Me Back," "Box Chevy" failed to move the needle in any significant way and was forgotten rather quickly.

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