With one of the most anticipated albums, God Forgives, I Dont just one week away, Rick Ross sat down with MTV to discuss the upcoming record, touches on the recording process of the LP, the selection of the title, breaks down some of the tracks (“Hold Me Back”), and talks about the project’s cinematic influence — that of Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Bastards.” Check out some quotes below and the full here. Pre-order your official copies here or over here.
The Title: God Forgives, I Don’t
“I knew approaching this album, I wanted to approach titling it a lot different from previous albums. I wanted it to be strong and impactful. The first half is God Forgives: It’s a lot of us need forgiveness. I Don’t represented the street aspect of life. I feel we have both sides that we deal with in life. I gave ‘em one of those feelings that it was a motion picture, a masterpiece, five-star.”
The Album Cover
“We actually used a church to shoot some photos in. I remember sitting in the church just waiting for the photographer, and I remember sitting in there praying, just being thankful. I knew I wanted to have 10 Jesus pieces on. Of course, one Jesus piece was always fly, but I just wanted 10. I just wanted to go to that next level.”
The Recording Process
“I keep my circle extremely small when it comes to me recording my music. I put the music together before I even put the words to the music, because I feel it’s easier for me to write the words and make it fit the music versus me finding music that can fit my words.”
The Cinematic Influence
“This may be ‘Inglourious Basterds,’ man. We gonna peel your scalp back on this one. Quentin Tarantino, that’s one of the vibes I was in when I titled the album. I wanted to approach it like a film.”
And as bonus material continues to trickle in, a new promotional blog can be seen down below.