Ross: 'Trilla' delayed over clearance


NEW YORK -- Rick Ross has spoken exclusively to about the reason for the delay of his sophomore album, "Trilla." The set was expected Tuesday 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," Ross said. "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 said. "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 said 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.