A murder attempt, dropped Reebok deal and now, an album back from the dead

Rick Ross is proud and warm. In a blue chinchilla jacket, black sweatshirt and a Saint Laurent belt hoisting up his jeans, he sits at the head of the table in a conference room in Def Jam's New York offices, thanking his label for a grandiose listening session for his sixth album, "Mastermind," the night before. A bevy of models in snug skirts, New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith, Swizz Beatz and, more randomly, Jerry Seinfeld's wife Jessica were among the attendees at the party, held at Manhattan's New World Stages theater.

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