Album Review: Rick Ross Gets Personal With LP “Rather You Than Me”

Contributed by Intern Writer: @BamtooFly

 

Ross has added another Gem (Banger) to his Legacy

Ross has stood the test of time …literally!  With the release of his 9th studio album “Rather You Than Me” Rozay is here to prove he’s more than just a survivor in the game, he is still the Biggest Boss.

From his debut “Port of Miami” til the most recent it’s hard to argue in that time period that Ross is a more improved and consistent rapper. Ross has transformed himself from not only a rapper from Carol City but a Label owner and businessman. Ross has withstood beefs from 50 Cent to Jeezy, public baby momma spats, been in hot water with certain lyric choice and even murder attempts on his life. His past has been questioned: Was he really an officer or the self proclaimed d-boy he boasts about? All those questions still remain unanswered but one thing is for sure, when Ross spits on track with that unwavering confidence and ora, it’s hard to deny he is one of the best in the game.

He doesn’t disappoint with this”Rather You Than Me”, either. From the first intro assisted by Raphael Saadiq, “Apple of My Eye” – the honesty, the soul! Ross is on a mission by giving a summary of his recent years and all that’s on his mind. Ross reveals the advice he gave Meek about handling his relationship with Meek’s then girlfriend, Nicki Minaj.

I told Meek I wouldn’t trust Nicki / Instead of beefing with your dog, you just give him some distance / We all make mistakes, let’s not be too specific

That’s a constant Ross shows throughout the album of showing his allegiance to his camp and team. Loyalty is the most important thing to him. Each album he shows growth in the “bawse” and man he is becoming. It’s less about stunting and more about perspective of success. Ross is about about getting “Triple Platinum” success and get all his dogs (team) rich by “Summer Seventeen”, which are both two stand out tracks on album.

The guest list is a who’s-who’s from Jeezy, Nas, Yo Gotti, Dej Loaf, Future, Young Thug, Gucci Mane, Ty Dolla Sign, Wale … so basically everyone hot in the game. Did I mention Meek makes an appearance, and not only just any appearance it’s vintage MEEK .. Meek from the intro of “Dreams and Nightmares” MEEK. On the track “Lamborghini Doors” Ross and Meek show off putting on for the illustrious MMG brand.

The production on the cd is top notch as usual. Ross really should get more credit for the consistency of all his projects with the ear he has on production that always seems to fit his flow like a tailored suit. The two stand out tracks though have to be “Trap Trap Trap” featuring Young Thug and Wale and the most talked about song since the album drop “Idols become Rivals” featuring a skit by Chris Rock.

Usually diss records are bold and have that sense of “your momma” joke to the song where usually people judge it by how bad another artist can embarrass the other whether the claims are true or not. But what if a diss song is so revealing and honest of the other person without even directly calling them by their name it hits your soul? Fortunately for the listeners, Ross called everybody out!

Can’t believe this shit, homie / I still love you, n*gga / How the fuck, n*gga, you touch half a billion, n*gga / And your team starvin’, n*gga? / You on an island, n*gga, you came to my city, n*gga / I let you in my city, n*gga / And what hurt me the most, n*gga / Is how you did my brother Khaled, n*gga / Khaled was loyal to you, n*gga / The pain I seen in my brother’s eye, n*gga

When I heard this track, I literally applauded for hip-hop. There wasn’t any more objective of this song then Ross just being loyal to his homies and I appreciated that so much. You can hear the hurt in his heart as he states his case to CEO of Cash Money, Birdman, to be nothing more a real dude but better than that loyal to your family. I really think this track hits to the core so much that Birdman probably had to look himself in the mirror as a man after hearing this.  Overall “Rather You Than Me” is probably the best project I’ve heard overall all this year. So I suggest you go grab some Wing Stop and glass of Bellaire rose and enjoy the Boss in his natural habitat.

 

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