Ross: Clearance Issues Caused Album Delay

Rick Ross has spoken exclusively to Billboard.com about the reason for the delay of his sophomore album, "Trilla." The set was originally expected Dec. 18 via Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam, but is now due Feb.

Rick Ross has spoken exclusively to Billboard.com about the reason for the delay of his sophomore album, "Trilla." The set was originally expected Dec. 18 via Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam, but is now due Feb. 19.

"We had a few clearance issues, including one song produced by DJ Toomp," says Ross. "It's called 'This Me' and it's a real personal record for me, so I wanted to make sure it got on the album. Toomp produced 'White House' on my first record and we made magic."

Current single "Speedin'" featuring R. Kelly, DJ Khaled and Diddy is on the move on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, where it jumps 74-60 this week. A video for the song recently premiered on BET's "106 & Park."

"It's directed by Gil Green, who also directed 'Hustlin'' and DJ Khaled's 'I'm So Hood,'" Ross says. "I actually jump off a bridge in the beginning -- it's crazy."

Though Ross hasn't officially decided which track will be the second single from "Trilla," he says he is leaning toward "Boss" featuring T-Pain. As previously reported, the album also includes guest appearances from Lil Wayne, Trick Daddy, Jay-Z, Akon and Floetry's Marsha Ambrosius.

In addition to music, Ross began his acting career this year. The MC recently wrapped a supporting role the film "Days of Wrath," which stars Laurence Fishburne, Ricardo Chavira, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Taye Diggs and Wilmer Valderama.

Ross says the film, due next year, "is based on a family, growing up in gang-infested East L.A. in the heart of a black and Mexican gang war. I played one of the street dudes."