Five years after the release of Rick Ross' Rich Forever, fans are finally learning the truth about the project. While he was chopping it up with Revolt TV about his upcoming album Rather You Than Me, the MMG boss revealed his beloved 2012 tape was actually meant to be an album, but his label execs weren't ready for it.

"I was making so much music at the time that Rich Forever was going to be an album but Def Jam wasn't ready to pull the trigger so I released it by myself," Ross explained to Revolt's Shaheem Reid. "Shit I think I did four million to two the first two months it was out."

To take a trip down memory lane, Rich Forever was Ross’ monstrously successful 2012 mixtape. The 20-track project with features from Drake, Diddy, 2 Chainz, Wale, John Legend, Nas, Styles P, Birdman, Meek Mill, French Montana, Pharrell, Kelly Rowland, Future and Stalley spawned the single “Stay Schemin’” and became one of the most downloaded mixtapes of all time when it dropped via DatPiff.

The mixtape was hosted by Shaheem Reid and DJ Scream back in the day, so it makes perfect sense that Shaheem would compare Ricky Rozay’s forthcoming LP to this past piece of work. Moral of the story according to Ross? "Staying in control has always been important to me."

Ross fans are excited for the Teflon Don to drop his ninth studio album Rather You Than Me, due out March 17 through Maybach Music Group and Epic Records.

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