God Forgives, I Don'tNow that Drake's 'Take Care' was released this week, there was one more big hip-hop album still on the schedule for 2011: Rick Ross' 'God Forgives, I Don't'. However, because of the Teflon Don's recent health scares, the rapper — or at least his label, Island Def Jam — has pushed the new LP from its December 13th to an indefinite date in the "first quarter, early second quarter" of 2012, Billboard reports. That means no Rozay in the stockings of hip-hop heads this Christmas season.
"I think we're all aware of his recent health issue, and based on some of the minor setbacks with that, we weren't able to confirm certain opportunities, because he physically wasn't able to deal with certain things at the time," IDJ Senior VP of Marketing Chris Atlas told Billboard. 'God Forgives' had an album cover and everything, but even without Ross' seizures, the disc never seemed like it would be finished by December 13th. No official track list was released, and just last month, Ross revealed he was still in the studio working on 'God Forgives' tracks with Jay-Z.
"If I wanted to, I'm pretty sure I could still meet that date," Ross told MTV's Rap Fix yesterday. Of course Ross wants to, but he needs more sleep. With an album as important as Ross' though, the label won't rush it to cash in on Christmas and will instead give it the promotion it deserves when it's ready. "We want this to be his biggest album -- we know it's going to be his biggest album -- so we did not want to pressure him into releasing an album based on the sake of a date," Atlas added. For now, we'll have to get our Ross fix from his verse on Drake's "Lord Knows" and a pair of 'God Forgives' singles Ross dropped before the album was postponed, "You The Boss" and "I Love My Bitches."