Rick Ross' Mastermind album became available to stream on iTunes this week, and the Bawse's long-awaited sixth album is full of club bangers and massive beats, as well as some reggae inflections and some more soulful sounds. With the album sounding markedly different than some of his other recent projects, XXL spoke to six of Ross' producers about their roles in helping to craft the beats for Mastermind, from the creation of the beat, to Rick Ross' lyrics, to DJ Khaled's involvement. Let the beat build. —XXL Staff



Rick Ross stopped by MTV's RapFix Live to chop it up with Sway and speak on multiple topics such as his childhood stories and why there's no Drake feature on the the album. Ross also touched on "Maybach Music V" and why it was absent on his latest predict No. 1 album, Mastermind.

Ross confirms that "Maybach Music V" wasn't produced by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League but has a different reason why it didn't make the album. Last week, we spoke to Atlanta-based producer R!O who stated that the reason "Maybach Music V" wasn't on Mastermind is because of they didn't offer him a suitable production fee. “They contacted my manager, and basically they told us that DJ Khaled had informed them that I had agreed upon a fee," says R!o. "We never even spoke to Khaled. So we basically hit Def Jam back and told them that we had never talked to him and we had never agreed on a fee, and that [the price] was totally too low.”

However, Rozay states on RapFix Live that "The production, the foundation of the beat, was produced by another set of producers. That's my J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League flow. But I loved the concept, I loved the idea. I got the vocals done, but couldn't get it where I wanted it to be." Watch the video below