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Rick Ross discussed the success of his sixth studio album, Mastermind, at music festival South by Southwest on Saturday night, March 15.
According to the Associated Press, the 38-year-old rapper said, "Regardless of the success I see, I still go back to my foundation ... that made me. Yesterday, after being out on promo for two months, I took a day out of my schedule to go to the smaller markets in South Carolina, the Columbias, you know the (places) that don't get attention. But those are the places where I remember making my first $5,000 shows from, so I still go to those places. At the end of the day, I still think that's the energy that keep that moving like that."
Ross now shares company with famous rappers Jay Z, Eminem, Nas, and Kanye West, in terms of album sales and popularity. At the music festival in Austin, Texas, Ross performed hit songs “Nobody" and "Stay Schemin'" according to the LA Times.
This is Ross's fifth No. 1 album, beating out competition such as Pharrell Williams' vastly popular G I R L along with the Oscar winning Frozen soundtrack featuring "Let It Go."