Miami rapper Rick Ross is releasing his sophomore album, “Rise to Power,” but it’s not via his current label homes, Def Jam and Slip-N-Slide. Instead, the album of refreshed early material is dropping on Sept. 18 via Texas independent Suave House Records.

“Ross was signed to me in 2000, I found him,” says Suave House owner, Tony Draper. “I’m the key to the south.”

Ted Lucas' Slip-N-Slide and Def Jam signed a joint venture deal in February 2006 and released "Port of Miami" with the hit single "Hustlin'" as its catalyst. The album has sold 762,000 copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Draper says Def Jam sent him a cease-and-desist letter in October 2006 to halt the “Rise to Power” follow-up. However, according to Draper, since he owns Ross' early masters, Def Jam had no legal grounds to stop him. Def Jam and Draper’s Suave House reached a compromise recently, according to Draper, who says he gave Def Jam a cut of the album sales to financially compensate for capitalizing on Ross’ current Def Jam brand.

Calls to Def Jam were not returned.

Ross' "Get That Bread" featuring Cinque and Big Duke from Boyz N Da Hood is the first single and will be released this week.