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Miami rapper Rick Ross has been quite ubiquitous while working on his new album, and now his image will be gracing the June/July cover of The Source magazine.

In an excerpt from the cover story posted on, Ross revealed that his mother is from Clarksdale, Miss., and that his Southern roots made a great impression on him.”I always felt in touch with my black side riding by cotton fields at 5, 6 years old, seeing big mills of cotton balls,” Ross said.

“I was always in touch with slavery, when I could recognize a palm tree at the same age,” he continued, although he was raised in Florida. “I always respected my culture, my people. Growing up in the streets of Miami, I saw different ways to escape a lot of conditions that I knew was around the corner in Mississippi. It always made me see the world from so many different aspects. I saw the fast life of Miami, but I also saw the slow countryside of a small, country town with a small population. I heard the struggles.”

Don’t forget that Ross’ highly-anticipated fourth album, ‘Teflon Don’ is scheduled for a July 6 release. It features Ne-Yo and Jay-Z and production by Kanye West.