Rick Ross held a private listening session last night in NYC for his forthcoming album Hood Billionaire, due out Nov. 24. The private venue in Downtown Manhattan was at capacity outside with a long line of people trying to get a first listen to the Bawse's seventh studio album, and second this calendar year. The hip-hop community came out to support Rozay on his new project with artists such as Raekwon, Remy Ma, Papoose, The LOX, Murda Mook, DJ Khaled and of course MMG members Stalley and Fat Trel in the building for the much-anticipated party. With Black Belaire Rose bottles going around the club and big head cardboard cutouts of Rozay decorating the venue, the place was set for the arrival of the Bawse.

Ross made his grand entrance around 10:15 PM and after taking a few flicks with fans and greeting all the artists and tastemakers in attendance, the Bawse got straight to business. Before Rozay kicked off the Hood Billionaire listening experience, the MMG general thanked everybody for coming out and sharing in his "special night." When asked the reason for his two albums in one year, Rozay stated, "I just want to keep that excitement in the culture with two albums in a year." Def Jam CEO Steve Bartels then got on stage to present Rozay with a special plaque for selling five million records. Ross posed alongside Bartels with his brand new plaque for the flashing cameras and reminded fans to pick up Hood Billionaire on Nov. 24 before getting into the listening session.

On Hood Billlionaire Ross proves once again that he has one of the best ears for beats, and his drug references and stunting on the album are done with pure conviction. With the project, Ross proves to stand tall in the rap kingdom, while taking a more aggressive approach than his previous album Mastermind. Tracks like "Heavyweight" and "Coke Like The 80s" rang off hard with a sick bass and blaring beat as Rozay kicked his street tales.

Ross proves he's a top dog when it comes to making street records and on the title track of the album, the Miami rapper adds weight to the hard-thumping production with no-holds barred verses, as he solidifies his status in the rap game. The first half of Hood Billionaire takes a more street-themed approach that Rozay has been known for throughout his career, while tracks featuring K. Michelle, R. Kelly and Snoop Dogg show the smooth player persona of the Bawse and give the album a variation sounds.

The anticipation for Hood Billionaire only increased after hearing the project, and sounds like an indication that Rick Ross is ready to close out the year strong. With huge bars and beats to match any comer, Ross brings both the hardcore and the smooth for all listeners with a hard-hitting delivery which will leave its imprint on any street corner it’s played from.