Meanwhile Rick Ross already had three albums under his belt before he found his own distinctive voice with 2010’s excellent, Albert Anastasia EP. More specifically it was the explosive track, “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast)” that catapulted Rozay into the hook hall of fame, and led him into his streak of crazy catchy choruses.
Ross’ recipe: it’s all about one simple phrase rapped slowly in his omnipotent baritone. As you can see, a lil’ name-dropping here and there doesn’t hurt either.
“I think I’m Big Meech/Larry Hoover/Whippin’ Work/Halleluyah/One nation under God/Real niggas gettin money from the fuckin’ start.”
“Tupac Back/Tupac Back/That’s all these bitches screamin’ that Tupac Back.”
“Nine piece/Straight 8 balls/MJG/Bitch I got 8 balls.”
“Pork on the fork/White in the pot/By any means/If you like it or not/Malcolm X/by any means/Mini 14 stuck in my denim jeans.”
“Fuck ‘em/Fuck ‘em/I’m screaming Fuck ‘em”
The hooks are so easy to remember that any fan can rap along after one listen, therefore they become the tracks’ focal point and the most anticipated part of all of Ross’s cuts. It’s not the beat (as it’s been in the past super-producer era), it’s not the lyrics (as it was in the golden era), or even Ross’ undeniable swag. It’s all about the hook.—Jesse Gissen (@JesseXXL)
Now it’s time for you choose though.
Turn to page three for the poll and a deeper look at each artist’s selected hook discography.