Diddy To Executive Produce Rick Ross’ Mastermind Album (Video)

There was a time in Hip-Hop when executive production from different moguls was all the rage. Jay Z co-executive produced Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor, Suge Knight co-executive produced DJ Quik’s Safe + Sound, 50 Cent co-executive produced Freeway’s Free At Last album, Diddy & The Hitmen were associate executive producers of Jay-Z’s American Gangster album. While Rick Rubin shook things up a bit in 2013, with his executive production on albums from Jay-Z, Eminem, and before both, Kanye West, it’s become as creative as it political—usually with these moguls of music taking points on albums.

While Rick Ross and Diddy have been close friends and at times, business associates for almost five years, Diddy’s never taken on the marquee billing on a Rawss album. Def Jam Records announced this morning that it’s now changing, with Mastermind. Diddy is executive producing RR’s sixth solo album, which is coming March 4th. DJ Khaled will share the billing.


The news comes in the midst of several years of Diddy’s large hiatus from production altogether. While Bad Boy Worldwide, Diddy’s label has been relatively quiet, the mogul has focused on his REVOLT TV platform, and doing feature work.

Mastermind is the latest off-Bad Boy project Diddy has been extensively involved in. Outside of the aforementioned ’07 Jay album, Puffy worked on Mary J. Blige’s first two albums (he signed her to Uptown Records before the launch of Bad Boy), and he worked on Jennifer Lopez’ J.Lo.

Wanna see how Diddy manages a Ross studio session? Check this, and don’t “dilute the cut!”

With at least one confirmed song, how do you think this album will sound compared to others?

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