(AllHipHop News) Port of Miami 2 is scheduled for release this Friday, August 9. Rick Ross already dropped the records "Act a Fool," "Big Tyme," "Gold Roses," and "Turnpike Ike." Additionally, the tenth studio album from the South Florida emcee will include a posthumous contribution from Nipsey Hussle.
Rozay's forthcoming "Rich N*gga Lifestyle" track features Hussle and R&B songstress Teyana Taylor. Beats 1 host Zane Lowe interviewed the MMG boss to talk about his latest LP. The discussion on Apple Music covered Port of Miami 2 as well as Ross' protégé Meek Mill, his frequent collaborator Drake, the late Neighborhood Nip, and more topics.
On Nipsey Hussle, Ross told Lowe:
I couldn't fathom it and I've been a fan of his since, I want to say '09. I knew he had a purpose, and I knew he understood he had a purpose, and I knew he understood he was in position to speak for a lot of people that couldn't speak for themselves. And me looking for an artist, that's one of the first things I look for. You could be dope, you could be fly, you could have whatever it is. Whatever it is, but do you understand your purpose? And that's something that when I think back to early Meek Mill when we did that "Tupac Back" record. In no way was I saying he was Tupac, but I just seen the struggles that he was dealing with and he was facing. And I just wanted to put him in that light and a lot of people see that now. And just to know Nipsey's vision and to see what he was doing... In those conversations we always had him being an entrepreneur, him being a father, him being a leader, you know what I'm saying? He understood his position, and so we got to make sure we continue to celebrate homie's purpose... And me just being able to collaborate on that record, 'Rich Lifestyle,' which once again is talking about the longevity and understanding the sacrifices you have to make to make it to that upper echelon, baby.
Rick Ross connected with Meek, Drake, Swizz Beatz, Wale, Gunplay, Summer Walker, DeJ Loaf, Jeezy, YFN Lucci, Ball Greezy, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, and Denzel Curry for Port of Miami 2. Production for the project was provided by Beat Billionaire, Just Blaze, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, OZ, Vinylz, and others.