Tuesday, Rozay gave Zane Lowe and the Beats 1 team the honors of premiering his new Jake One-produced track "Turnpike Ike." The track follows the release of previous Port of Miami 2 cuts "Act a Fool," "BIG TYME," and "Gold Roses" featuring Drake. Other artists who will appear on project include Meek Mill, Swizz Beatz, Jeezy, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, and the late Nipsey Hussle.
Ross opened up about Nipsey's death during his interview with Lowe on Tuesday. He spoke about the rapper's influence on the culture and his reaction to his fatal shooting.
"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," he explained. "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 [...] 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 N***a 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."
Ross also discussed his collaborations with Drake, Meek, and Swizz; his guiding principles; and maintaining his passion throughout all these years.
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"Port of Miami started me on this journey," Ross told fans back in June of the new project, due Aug. 9. "It's only right I bring it back to where it all started. For my ones to the new ones, this album is for you."
The sequel to Ross' 2006 debut album will be supported with a short tour that's set to kick off at Belasco in Los Angeles Sept. 26. Additional shows have been announced including Dallas, New Orleans, Detroit, back-to-back Gramercy shows in New York, and more.
Ross let fans in on his creative headspace for a recent Power 106 interview during which he named his top 5 favorite rappers.
"[Biggie] was so effortless, and then I jump to the west side and say Ice Cube," Ross said of his top 2 choices. "Anybody that don't consider Cube, they don't really count." Ross' full ranking also included Scarface, 8Ball & MJG, and either Nipsey or 2Pac to round out the top 5.
Rather You Than Me, Ross' most recent album, was released via Epic/Maybach in March 2017 and notably opened at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.