Rick Ross is the most creative after spending time with his mother

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Rick Ross drops his 11th studio album, Richer Than I’ve Ever Been, on Friday, the follow up to his 2019 Port of Miami project. Ricky Rozay says the album name goes beyond having money.

“The title Richer Than I’ve Ever Been is about more than you being at your peak financially,” Ross tells Grammy.com. “In what other areas of your life do you feel the richest right now? Just my direction, going where I need to go. You have to ask yourself, do you feel the best spiritually? Emotionally? A lot of times, we don’t even know what the most important things to us are.”

The Miami MC says he feels the richest, and most creative, after spending time with his mother.

“After I leave my mom’s crib, I’m like, ‘Yo, let’s go forth and get it.’ I don’t want to go to sleep for four days, I want to get in the studio and have some fun and do something special.”

Ross began his recording career in 2006 when he was 30 years old, and he says his maturity was an advantage.

“If I would have become a multimillionaire at a much younger age, I could have been in the studio flirting around with drugs,” he says. 

“I most definitely made mistakes. I still wanted to travel the world. But I wanted to f***ing do something that had never been done before coming from Miami. I wanted to also make sure the music translated that message, that level of success.

“And not just for financial purposes, but to show everybody else — the youngsters — like, ‘Yo, you can do it, too.” Ross continues. “You don’t have to just hit a baseball or slam dunk a ball. You could be creative and make something out of nothing.”

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