For the October issue, XXL switches it up with two split covers built off of the same crew. Riding high off the success of their compilation album, Self Made, Vol. 1, Rick Ross and his Maybach Music Group signeesâ€”Wale, Meek Mill and Pillâ€”all grace the cover of XXL’s forthcoming issue on two joint covers: a Ross solo and an MMG group cover showing both sides of Ricky Ross, as a solo artist and a boss.
â€œI’m enjoying my last few moments at No. 2,â€ Ross says. â€œIt’s like I’m watching the No. 1 man on stage, my legs crossed, I’m smoking big, hollering at the bitches in the crowd. And this album gonna do it. I got the formula.â€
â€œWhen I make music, I go back to my late nights of me by myself, listening to Curtis Mayfield or R. Kelly’s 12 Play,â€ he says. â€œThere’s certain depths that music can take you to. There’s certain feels that you need to have. When you get to the last song on the album, I want you to have that feeling of being whole. I want to give these muthafuckas classic joints. That means more to me than anything else.â€
Ross and his new team of young MCs are focused on taking over the rap game in the coming year, and The Bawseâ€”who is hard at work on his fifth solo disc, God Forgives, I Don’t, scheduled to drop via Def Jam Recordings this fallâ€”predicts to XXL contributing writer Ben Detrick that with the new LP, he’ll finally be crowned king.