By Joe Clair

Rick Ross was in the studio with the Joe Clair Morning Show Friday, talking about his new album, “Black Market.”

This is Rick’s eighth studio album, almost a decade after hitting the scene with “Port of Miami” in 2006. It features tracks with John Legend, CeeLo Green, Nas, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Future and Chris Brown.

Joe Clair asked Rick if he thought he’d be in the game this long.

Joe: “You watch rappers for a long time. You seen ’em come and go. You see how rap careers go. You thought you would be here this long?”

Rick: “I can’t say that. I can’t say that. What I did know was, I was ready to put in the work. Whatever it took to be here this long, I was willing to do.”

Joe also asked Rick about how newcomers get from point A to point B in the industry.

Joe: “Right now my city is on fire. Every corner got a hot rapper. It’s a rapper everywhere I go, young people. They’re building more studios than ball courts… At one point you was on the floor writing rhymes… Where you sitting at now, what’s the one key ingredient every rapper gotta have to get from there to here?”

Rick: “It’s several. I believe it’s several. You know I always say, put God first because that’s what faith come from. Patience. Because you gotta, gotta have faith, homie, if you’re gonna chase a dream. Cuz, you know, if you was in my position, I went over 10 years and never got a dollar. You know, you chasing a dream… without making a coin. On faith… And I got weak, too. You get weak. But I just never quit…From there, that’s when your hustle, you know, comes into play. If everybody hot on every block, you gotta make rounds on every block. Let everybody know you the hottest. In my situation there way always other emcees around me that I always felt was much more talented than myself… but I would put more time into it.”

As for the new album, in stores since Dec. 4…

Joe: “I wanna hear good old Rick Ross album… I gotta be honest, I don’t want to hear some experimental [stuff].”

Rick: “I just want to make whatever it is I do, do it better. And if I’m going somewhere, let’s get there quicker. If there’s a point I’m trying to make, let’s make it stronger. And that’s what I think I did with this album.”

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