The Devil Is a Lie

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"The Devil Is a Lie"
Single by Rick Ross featuring Jay-Z
from the album Mastermind
Released December 19, 2013
Format Digital download
Recorded 2013
Genre Hip hop
Length 5:12
Label Maybach Music Group, Slip-n-Slide Records, Def Jam Recordings
Writer(s) William Roberts, LeShawn Rogers, Willie McNeal, Sean "Jay-Z" Carter
Producer(s) Major Seven, K.E. on the Track[1][2]
Rick Ross singles chronology
"No Games"
"The Devil Is a Lie"
"Thug Cry"
Jay-Z singles chronology
"Drunk in Love"
"The Devil Is a Lie"
"Part II (On the Run)"

"The Devil Is a Lie" is a song by American rapper Rick Ross, featuring Jay-Z. It was released as the lead single from his sixth studio album, Mastermind on December 19, 2013.[3][4] The song was produced by Major Seven and K.E. on the Track.


On October 23, 2013, Rick Ross announced that the album's second single, which will feature Jay-Z, will be released in early November 2013.[3] The following day, Ross revealed that the song is titled "The Devil Is A Lie". He explained that song saying, "We're pushing the envelope once again and it's just one of those records I can't wait to hit the streets. We went in another direction but it's just one of those records that’s gonna speak for itself and everybody’s gonna have their opinion of it, but it’s most definitely what the streets need."[3] On December 19, 2013, the song was released for digital download.[4] It was sent to urban contemporary radio in the United States on January 21, 2014.[5] Dan Rys of XXL called the instrumental "the most massive beat we've heard this year". The video for "The Devil Is A Lie" was released on March 20, 2014, and does not include Jay-Z's verse.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Digital single
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "The Devil Is A Lie" (featuring Jay-Z) William Roberts, LeShawn Rogers, Willie McNeal, Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter Major Seven, K.E. on the Track 5:12

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[7] 27
UK Singles Chart (Official Charts Company)[8] 143
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 86
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[10] 26
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[11] 16

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States December 19, 2013[4] Digital download Maybach Music Group, Slip-n-Slide Records, Def Jam Recordings
United Kingdom January 9, 2014[12] Urban contemporary radio
United States January 13, 2014[13] Mainstream urban radio
January 21, 2014[14] Urban contemporary radio