Why Are We Infatuated With Rick Ross?

Around midnight last night, the long-awaited single by Jay-Z and Kanye West, “H.A.M.,” hit the Internets.

Roughly three minutes later the song broke the Internets, with everybody rushing to their favorite website and social networking medium to download, listen and critique the song.

Roughly two minutes after that the sea levels receded, and the supposed “musical natural disaster” never came to fruition, as the general consensus was more mixed than ecstatic.

Is the song awful? Not really, but it is a bit underwhelming and a letdown for most people who secretly believed that, if done correctly, this album would arguably be the first “classic” album in years (we’re just gonna ignore those ratings The Source have been tossing out left and right for now). I’m not expecting some Best Of Both Worlds level of catastrophe with Watch The Throne, especially with Kanye claiming that Madlib, Pete Rock and Q-Tip were providing aural backdrops for the project a while back. I certainly wasn’t expecting such a heavy Rick Ross influence on the first single, however.

Which begs the question: what is it, exactly, with hip hop’s interest in Rick Ross? I’m not going to sit here and shit on him like I used to back when I used to work for the good ship Amistad, as I’m actually a fan of the guy’s music. At the very least I will admit that the guy – or is it one of his weed carriers? – possesses a relatively considerable ear for picking beats, which in turn makes for some great (no, seriously) music. Some of his more understated cuts, like the Kanye-assisted “Live Fast, Die Young,” are aurally anthemic. One could only wish that *insert your favorite, lyrically dense but fiscally deficient rapster here* had his budget.

At the same time, I’m not going to ignore Rick’s obvious shortcomings as a monotonous rapper with bars containing limited subject matter masked by overpoweringly celestial instrumentals, a true “studio artist” manufactured by his label’s publicity and promotional teams as a fraudulent, former drug kingpin who decided give it all up and to turn to rap music to make a living. And that was before the correctional officer past was made prevalent. But we still eat that shit up.

Why, exactly? I don’t know, really. But this contradictory dilemma hasn’t stopped me from playing “MC Hammer” at parties.

Let’s be honest: we’re all going to obtain a copy of Jay and Ye’s Watch The Throne when it drops, whether we get it via iTunes, at the local Best Buy, on a preferred message board’s download link or off some random African’s quilt on the corner of 125th and St. Nicholas. But for Jay and ‘Ye’s sake, let’s see a little bit less Rick Ross in their collaborative efforts. Hell, Kanye should start using those beats he said he would keep for himself. If I wanted to hear an album full of repetitive, bass-heavy, riot-inducing instrumentals I would have actually kept that Juicy J x Lex Luger mixtape on my computer.

  • david

    only black man that rocks a beard well is kimbo/
    should take rick ross’ fat ass and throw it right through his window/
    only thing ‘deeper than rap’ about him is the craters he leaves/
    when he sits, walks or sleeps spreading earthquakes like a disease

    • DUH

      Q – Why Are We Infatuated With Rick Ross?

      A – Because you just wrote an entire blog about him, duh?

  • Don mcCaine

    ‘Pandemonium’>>>>>’H.A.M’

  • http://www.al-viz.com Al Viz

    Hes raps Mr. T… lets face it…. everyone wants Mr. T back!

  • http://bunson.tumblr.com BUNZZ

    when i was trying to figure out if i should give more stock in XXL or The Source, one of the deciding factors was that The Source gave Rick Ross’s latest their highest rating while XXL is considerably more selective with your highest grade.

  • Q461

    ‘Pandemonium’>>>>>’H.A.M’

    Co-sign yo. That shit is dope, I ilke the new Ross track with Drake too. That HAM shit was pretty weak.

    My thoughts on Ross: First off although I wish dude came clean about it, I dont care that he is a former CO. Same as I don’t care that Wayne kissed Baby, Game was on Change of heart, Drake was Wheelchair Jimmy etc etc. It should be about the music. As long as dude is making quality music, I’ll be checkin for them.

    Second off, I’m gonna put this is out there, that Ross is one of the few newer artists who is growing progressively better with every release. The guy has a fantastic ear for beats and knows how to craft different types of records. He also is constantly working and I wouldn’t be surprised if God Forgives, I Don’t drops this year. His mixtape output is dope too. He also is on that mogul comeup with Mayback Music and I like the Meek Millz and Wale moves. Dude is also one of raps better selling artists like it or not, consistently gold.

    So hate on him cause he was a CO, dissed 50, wore fake Louie V shades, fronts like he’s Pablo Escobar, stole Freeway Ricky’s government name, he has bigger tittys than your girl or whatever other reason you haters can think of. Fact is, Ricky is a multi-talented rapper who ain’t goin nowhere.

    • Worley

      “It should be about the music. As long as dude is making quality music, I’ll be checkin for [him].”

      @Q461: No disrespect to you, but this is the hip-hop equivalent of believing in a “post-racial” America. It is a threadbare attempt to appear open-minded and “progressive.” The fact of the matter is there is no way I could listen to music about gangsterism if I knew for a fact that the author got his head bust daily (unless he’s talking about being the victim of gangsters). Yes, Rawse has spectacular beats. However, dude is a fraud. He sounds constipated when he raps. I can’t do anything but laugh when I think of him waddling in the studio spitting his tomfoolery. Call me ignorant, narrow minded or whatever. I just can’t take the gangster posturing from a fraud.

  • rosssucksandsodoyou

    ^^^^Ross is proof that you need no talent whatsoever to be big(no pun) in Rap today…..NO TALENT.
    Quit wastin my time with this shit kiddies,I cant believe he’s still here but i guess white america still wants to be hard and a wanna be scarface artist is what they crave….Ignorant lyrics still sound ignorant over the best music in the world.

  • awesome arsenal

    ha! they blurred out his titty balls

  • http://www.bboycult.com Don mcCaine

    “I cant believe he’s still here but i guess white america still wants to be hard and a wanna be scarface artist is what they crave…”

    ^ you got it twisted…ross ain’t marketed at white america…he’s marketed @ ghetto n^ggas with a gram, and a dream…why you think he struggles to go gold…

  • t

    What a poorly analytical article!?

    A “heavy Rick Ross influence?” You, yourself, recognize in this same article the true identity of rapper Rick Ross, the fake, the phony, the manufactured ‘studio artist.’ He’s proven himself to be a very marketable tool but nothing more than a commercial lyricist. He has NO influence. He’s a face and an image of popular hip-hop lacking any real depth.

    I really enjoy the music to which Ross applies his wordplay, but he is no beat-making or beat-finding genius. It is powerfully creative artists who carry weight in proportion to their craft, rather than around their waste, like Jay-Z and Kanye who influence guys like Rick Ross.

    I have a feeling this single, H.A.M., is purely meant to do what it sounds to be: a Lex Luger-influenced hype-track. The spirit of the song exists entirely in the last 30 seconds. It bangs, it’s current, it’s hip-hop and yet it STILL pushes musical boundaries enough to inspire skepticismThe promoters are nationwide preparing it for radio-play and getting it club-ready. H.A.M. is a hit but it’s only intended to promote the album, and place Jay-Z and Kanye into clubs where they’ve been largely replaced by inferior ac.ts like Rick Ross, Waka Flocka and *insert any mainstream-of the moment-popular-rapper here.*

    ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ was a wildly explorative tapestry of music, art and picture of which we are not yet able to fully appreciate. Nevertheless it is the truest expression of the rage, the pain, the hurt, the beauty and the creativity embodied in Kanye West’s craft. Rick Ross will never even hold a candle to Kanye’s kind of heat, though he’s certainly a welcome guest while he’s still relevant to popular music.

    ‘Watch The Throne’ promises to be the union of Jay-Z’s presence and Kanye’s power. H.A.M. is intended to get us excited for it and if you allow it to with perspective, it does just that!

  • Q461

    @ Worley

    I respect your opinion, but not for nothin, I just don’t care if Ross or any other cats caught bodies or pushed weight. I just listen to what he puts out. How many rappers do you really think live the exact lives they have talked about on wax?

    If you think dude sounds constipated or whatever ( the line about him waddling around the studio had me crackin up fam) You are entitled to your opinion. The fact is alot of people share your views about Ross. I just don’t happen to be one of them. I think dude has talent and thats all I care about.

    @ Don

    The thing is though the dude has gone gold everytime, struggled or not. ( I think Deeper than Rap just missed the mark in the states). Gold is a big deal these days. After Em, Ye, Drake and Minaj, noone else really went plat last year, so Ross is on the level right below right now (sales wise anyway). I don’t know, I just never hated on dude really. ould have been nice if he admitted to the CO shit, but it is what it is .

    • Worley

      @Q461: Respect. You are right to acknowledge that we merely hold different opinions. There is something I want to comment on however. You ask “How many rappers do you really think live the exact lives they have talked about on wax?” That is a valid question. It is also the proverbial orange in a convo about apples. Rick False is a known fraud. Your question is about unknown (possible) frauds. Let me break that down into two camps: unknown (possible) frauds that I don’t believe and unknown (possible) frauds that I do believe.

      Unknown (possible) frauds I don’t believe – Juelz Santana and Lloyd Banks. I have heard a ton of tough guy raps from both of those guys. However, I do not get a sense of menace or malice when I look at them. I don’t care how many times Juelz Santana gets caught with guns, weed and Jolly Ranchers. That scrawny negro will never convince me with his tough guy persona. The same goes for Banks. I look at him and don’t get a sense of menace or malice.

      Unknown (possible) frauds I do believe – Styles P and Slim. I know nothing about Styles P personally. Still, something about his body language during interviews and the look in his eye make me feel that his raps contain a higher percentage of truth than most others. Likewise, I have never heard Slim from Cash Money say a word. However, as Bol once said, the creepy look in his eye makes me feel like he has killed someone.

      Let me add a third category: thorough rapsters that don’t look so thorough – Boosie and Jimmy Henchmen. Lil Boosie is a joke as a rapper in my book. I would not have believed any tough guy talk from him, but his current situation gives us some sense of his dealings in the street. The same goes for Jimmy Henchmen. He is not an imposing figure or a rapster per se. Yet, he is a well-known crime figure in Brooklyn.

      The point is I take people at their word unless I have reason to believe otherwise. Rick False and many others have given me reason to believe otherwise. I will never accept any gangster posturing from them.

      • Q461

        @ Worley

        No doubt and the thing is… The more I think about I semi-agree with you! I dont condone fake shit eithier…. I just kinda feel like once he got the pass from hip-hop (maybe not by everyone but he’s sold a ton of records since being exposed (Ugh Ross exposed, I just threw up in my mouth lol) I feel he’s been crafting dope tracks. You almost gotta kinda wish that he flopped ( kinda like hip-hop karma for being a wanksta) but his music has gotten better.

        I would feel like I’m lying if I said I didnt listen to his records because of the CO shit.

  • Simple like ABC, 123

    “If I wanted to hear an album full of repetitive, bass-heavy, riot-inducing instrumentals I would have actually kept that Juicy J x Lex Luger mixtape on my computer.”
    ^^^^^^^^
    Juicy J & Lex Luger’s mixtape “Rubba Band Business” is H.A.M.

  • steventhathack

    Every time an artist steps out of their comfort zone, there is immediate outcry. Meka made the case that Rick Ross needs to broaden his horizons as far as his music content goes. Amsure if Rozay dropped a track where he raps to minimalist beats and may be collaborates with hmm The National maybe and speaks about some every day shit we would all groan and say Rick Ross lost it. Come on. Can’t fans grasp what Kanye and Hova are trying to do here. Am sure Kanye has an arsenal of dope beats that he could have rapped to and made a banger but he didn’t. Appreciate. A Lex Luger beat mixed up some Opera. Sign me up. Let Kanye step out.

  • Izzo

    R U guys serious? Rick Ross is one of the top 5 artist out right now HANDS DOWN. And YES, he does have IMMENSE talent and his wordplay and flow is fire – YES he CAN actually rap. People hate so much it blinds them, to me thats when it, being the hate, becomes a problem. WHO CARES about what jobs he previously worked, guess what? You can sell drugs, push weight or whatever, and still become a Corrections officer. There is nothing magical about that people. Same way mafia figures, and mob bosses can run in the underworld and still maintain political positions and run successful businesses. People kill me, like “there is NO WAY he could have been who he raps about, he was a corrections officer”..Get real! He has 2 hands, he could easily still buy drugs, package drugs, sell drugs. People need to stop following the coventional arguments and have a MIND OF THEIR OWN. None of us grew up with Ross or knew his day to day moves back then, and to be honest, I havent read or heard of many people from miami going against his rap claims ouside of hating ass trick-daddy (and that was based off something else). So that should tell u its some credibility in what he raps. The reason he sells so much is not based off his beat selection, while that obviously helps, he has SWAG, he raps with PASSION, hes INSPIRATIONAL, his music is MOTIVATING! No way in the world is he monotone. Get the hell outta here! This dude has REAL talent and he can actually spit which means hes gonna rape this game as long as he wants.

    Question: Did TUPAC have big words and super syllable jay electronica flows??? Or was keep your head up and brenda’s got a baby simple in structure and wordplay but THE FEELING those songs gave you and his music in general is what propelled Pac. Biggie wasnt super lyrical. Everybody isnt Nas or Jay electronica jesus. Doesnt mean squash, Rick flows the hell out of those beats hands down. Jeezy isnt real lyrical, but trap or die 101 is a CLASSIC ALBUM and a staple in hiphop. Its the FEELING that music evoked at that time, jeezy hasnt been able to duplicate it since. Music at is best is emotions and feelings, musci at its best unintentionally marks moments in time. Thats why when old shit comes on, people in they late 30′s and up go crazy talking bout thats “Real HipHop”. People just relate to what feelings and emotions certain evoke. Rick Ross Music is doing that, within his own lane. His music is not meant to convey a message like tupac or other socially conscious artist, its not his lane. But for HIS LANE, his music has feeling. THATS WHY he’s hot. I get why hes the hottest dude out now along with drake, im not confused like the rest of you – so worried about his work resume than his musical output smh like your a prospective empolyer lol who gives a damn. Dont sell him short saying he’s all beat selection, TOTALLY FALSE!

    And YES — H.A.M is wack. Stretch the boundaries of music but make good music. Thats song is awful, if this is anything like the rest of the album it will definitely be a download with no shame. Even more its 2 people who really dont need the money, they put together some type of tour that will sell out cuz everybody nut rides jay-z like hes some cult leader. His music has 0 feeling now, except for a few select cuts.

  • Mcfly

    Wrong. Listen to Ross’ verse on Devil In A New Dress. Case Closed.

  • NAPTOWNNUISANCE

    The only people infatuated with this waste of air are the fools who cant tell the difference between good music and horrible music.

  • nerd

    WHEN ROSS drops that Album with nothing but Musical ass beats like dubai music, and maybach music …. niggas will be calling him barry white … WATCH…. he the only nigga that got production as epic as a movie score ….

  • http://www.bboycult.com Don mcCaine

    MAAAAAANNNNNNN…

    i was gonna dart this board up…but fUx that…BOSS the female Eazy E rap version got ran out the game fronting…we all know Pac got 2 pieced by Keith Murray…Ghost stole on Ma$e…even Q-Tip caught an eye jammie…Sigel the Bully got played like a groupie…Prodigy the goon got sickle cell…

    Ross is an example of what you must tolerate NOW just to hear some music…

    my travel playlist…

    ‘Papermill’-Madvillain
    ‘#8′-Jean Grae (shouts to Khrysis)
    ‘Prowler 2′-Jean/JayE/Ortiz
    ‘Marcberg’-Roc Marciano
    ‘Just Saying’-Ross & Jeezy (daily rotation)
    ’60 Second Assassins’-Busta/Krayzie/Twista/Jaz-O
    ‘Sword Clan’-Killa Priest
    ‘The Last 2′-Chris/Free/Beans
    ‘Untitled’-Vado
    ‘Why They’-Camron
    ‘Well Respected’-LAD & Willie
    ‘The Hardest’-Styles & AZ
    ‘Soul Power’-dead prez
    ‘Dreams’-Game (where THAT n^gga at?)
    ‘Cash Rules’-Wu
    ‘Nothing Less Than’-Talib
    ‘Quaratine Music’-Max B
    ‘Track 19′-JayE (w/Mos, Talib)
    ‘Turn Me On’-Dre
    ‘Walk With Me’-Rae
    ‘The Invitation’-50
    ‘Shots Fired’-Styles & Jada
    ‘Role Reversal’-Buddens
    ‘Next Time’-Common f/Latifah
    ‘Go All Out’-Buckshot (this video>>>>>)
    ‘On My Way’-Suga Free
    ‘The Hypnotic’-Roots
    ‘Lizz’-Rae
    ‘Could It Be’-Jaheim

    so far…1

  • 2CoolJulez

    Alright let’s get one thing straight. Contrary to popular belief, Rozay is actually a GOOD rapper. Though his background proves what we always knew (most rappers are liars) he can pick a beat and he can ride the hell out of it. Rick Ross damn near had the best verse on Ye’s entire album. His formula is killing the game right now.

    “I pull a freak, pretty feet in some flip flops/ I couldn’t pick a better beat call me Rick Ross.”
    Cooljtv

  • PHD

    I see a lot of hypocrites who say it doesn’t matter if Ross lies but if ANOTHER rapper merely exaggerates in his RHYMES he is cut to pieces.

    50 Cent broke sales records with the truth so did Eminem.

    Damn even Drake admits he is what he is!

    BIG, Jay and Nas were/are worshipped for their lyrics.

    ROSS is not lyrical but his beat selection is OUTSTANDING.

    He is a GUEST vocalist on his own album!

    So basically he is a black Fat Joe with better promotion and weaker lyrical content (and thats saying something)

    Banks makes the album everybody in hip hop wanted G-Unit to make (except 50) and he bricks!

    Ross is all right… but I don’t understand how now because we are all suddenly hip hop “experts” that we still love Waka and Ross (not a classic album , mixtape or song between them) but constantly ask Jay Z and Kanye to do better (even though they have dropped more then one classics)

    They are being held to an impossible standard that we all know cannot be reached and we probably wouldn’t appreciate even if they did.

    But if either died tomorrow…

    damn it would be worst and we would have dedication mixtape, blog, vids, award show dance numbers, etc claimimg they were the greastest and deserve posthumous Grammys!

    I don’t think Waka’s mom would notice if he missing RIGHT NOW!

    I think this is a real bad look for hip hop really…

    So Slaughterhouse is the internet DREAM TEAM and bricks but Ross goes gold almost each time out?

    Do we even know what real hip hop music is anymore?

  • Maestro

    PLEASE DO NOT GENERALIZE! “WE” ARE NOT INFATUATED WITH OFFICER RICK… BEATS DON’T MAKE A GREAT ARTIST.

  • caino

    I gotta agree with Q!!!

    l wasnt down with Rozay when he first came out, but l couldn’t ignore Teflon Don, and listen to it even now on the regular. Also his moves with Wiz, Puffy, Wale and Meek are looking good. l should not be down with this man cos of his lies and past……….but fuck it, live fast, die young.

  • Q461

    “i was gonna dart this board up…but fUx that…BOSS the female Eazy E rap version got ran out the game fronting…we all know Pac got 2 pieced by Keith Murray…Ghost stole on Ma$e…even Q-Tip caught an eye jammie…Sigel the Bully got played like a groupie…Prodigy the goon got sickle cell…
    Ross is an example of what you must tolerate NOW just to hear some music…”

    Nothin but hip-hop truths here. Boss was the first female gangsta, but told the papers she was rich and went to private school. I think Pac did get lumped up by Keith, Keith was a wild cat that loved to fight with dudes. He also smacked Prodigy. Speaking of Prodigy, we all know dude got sonned on more than one occasion. Q-tip got jumped by the dudes that made Rumpshaker….

    I’m not saying I condone fakeness, but I think Ross makes good music, so I don’t think about the CO shit as much these days. I wouldnt stop liking Pac or Mobb Deep just cause dudes took their lumps….But I think DM is on to something here with the Boss example….if her coming out as privileged was the real reason she was dropped ( it looks that way cause her songs were high on the charts at the time) than somewhere along the line fakin jax became tolerable amongst record labels and fans….Me personally, I thought dude was over when the CO shit came out, but hes persevered and his music has actually gotten better…. now I just hear tracks like Tears of Joy, Super High, Aston Martin etc and I’m like these are dope…whereas if his card got pulled in the 90′s he would have got the Boss treatment….

    I’m likin your playlist my dude lots of fire on there, both old and new….

    @ PHD

    I see you fam… there is no justice when a group like Slaughterhouse bricks….And I do like how Drake was honest about who he is… I do wish that Ross had handled the CO shit differently, instead of lying cause I don’t like liars. ..I guess I like alot of people have moved past it I guess…. not saying its right or wrong its just how I feel. I’d be fronting if I went on here and bashed Ross on the CO shit, knowing that i fuck with his music.

  • RICO THE MAN

    HIPHOP IS DEAD. NOBODY BUYS IT. UNLESS YOU ARE WHITE. OH TE FLAVOR OF THE MONTH BLACK RAPPER IS DOING A SHOW, LET’S GO! BUT ARE WE BUYING THE BLACK RAPPER’S ALBUM? NO. I WILL STAND IN LINE FOR HOURS FOR THE NEX APPLE OR XBOX GAME BUT NOT FOR RAP. SELLING WEED TO COLLEGE KIDS IS WAY MORE LUCRATIVE. I HAVE A 3 MAN OPERATION. THEY GIVE ME THE WEED, I CALL MY BUDDY, HE STASHES IT CALLS ME BACK, I TELL THEM WHERE IT IS, I HAND THE MONEY TO MY 3RD MAN, HE WASHES IT IN THE COIN DISPENSER IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM OR ARCADE. LOL CAN’T LOSE TAKE COINS TO BANK AT END OF WEEK. DONE

  • RICO THE MAN

    THEY GIVE ME THE MONEY

  • teddy

    man that HAM song sucks the beat is exactly like BMF kanye and jay both dont flow well at all on the song and sound out of place not to mention they both dont say shit on the song and the songs not really about anything that probably one of jays worst verses in some time and a kanye verse that sounds like a left over from dark twisted fantasy where the jay from Jay-z – It’s Like That

  • dmfslimm

    idk why ppl keep denying ross. shit man, the music and the witty wordplay is what i enjoy about dude. shit, you playing yourself if you think half the emcees and rappers we listen to do the things they say on record. do yall think the lox still go around bussing heads? are m.o.p. really whooping niggaz ass just for looking at them stupid. fuck, he was a c.o., big deal. ross knows how to make jams AND he won the battle against fif. aint no “ja rulin” goin on as far as maybach music is concerned. just my thoughts *leaves to put that “john doe” on repeat*

  • that nigga

    My thoughts on Ross: First off although I wish dude came clean about it, I dont care that he is a former CO. Same as I don’t care that Wayne kissed Baby, Game was on Change of heart, Drake was Wheelchair Jimmy etc etc. It should be about the music. As long as dude is making quality music, I’ll be checkin for them
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    Exactly!!

  • Blaze

    Awww so we still stuck on the fake king pin CO ish??? Give it a rest….80 percent of these jokers lying or exaggerating anyway so kill that bullshit….how many really believed he knew the REAL Noriega?? Stop the bs….He makes great music, great lyrics, and you cant deny the confidence. Wow that sounds alot like the artists who are killing it nowadays (Jay, Kanye, Drake) Its about the music. If u trying to tie in street cred to this shit then you might need to graduate highschool before you make an ass outta yourself

  • MR. UNDI$PUTED THE MOGUL

    HIP HOP HAS GROWN TO A STATE WHERE EVERYTHING IS NOW TWISTED UP. GROWING UP IN THE 80′S & 90′S ALL WE CARED ABOUT WAS IS THE MUSIC DOPE OR BANGING. NOW DAY’S BECAUSE OF THE INTERNET EVERYONE CAN VOICE THEIR OPINION’S WHICH ISN’T BAD UNLESS YOUR BEING A HIPOCRITE WITH IT. I DON’T GIVE A CARE ABOUT RICK RO$$’S PAST IF HIS MUSIC IS DOPE. WHAT DOES HIS PAST HAVE TO DO WITH HIS MUSIC? I’VE BOUGHT LOT’S OF 50 CENT/G UNIT MIXTAPES & CD’S, AM I STUPID ENOUGH TO THINK HE’S SHOT AS MANY PEOPLE AS HE ALWAYS CLAIMS TO HAVE, HELL NO, WHY BECAUSE IT’S ONLY MUSIC. YOU CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS. THE RAPPER “SWAG” DID A VIDEO SHOWING OFF MAD $$$ WITH JIM JONES GOT BUSTED FOR RUNNING A DRUG RING IN WASHINGTON LAST WEEK, BUT PEOPLE ARE CALLING HIM STUPID, BASED ON THE NEW WAY OF THINKING HE WAS KEEPING IT REAL & SHOULD BE A MULTI-PLATINUM MC. HE WAS LIVING HIS RHYMES WASN’T HE? HOW ABOUT THE FACT THAT MOST PEOPLE ON THE ‘NET BELIEVE ALMOST EVERTHING THEY HEAR WITHOUT KNOWING IF IT’S TRUE OR NOT. TAKE JAY-Z FOR EXAMPLE, I NEVER HEARD 1 PERSON HE GREW UP WITH OR SPENT TIME AROUND, CALL HIM FAKE OR A FRAUD EVER UNTIL HE EITHER WAS NO LONGER DOING BUSINESS WITH THEM OR GETTING THEM ACCESS TO $$$. THEN OF COURSE AS HE SOLD MORE RECORDS NOW HEAR COME THE SO CALLED “ILLUMINATI” RUMORS. IT CRACKS ME UP HOW PEOPLE USE CERTAIN THINGS TO VALIDATE THEIR POINTS. WHERE IS THE PROOF OF ANYTHING? THERE IS NONE JUST SPECULATION & GOSSIP. WHAT ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO DON’T LIKE KANYE WEST OR DRAKE BECAUSE THEY AREN’T HARD OR ARE JUST BEING THEMSELVES? IF THEY BOTH STARTED RHYMING ABOUT BEING IN THE STREETS, THEY’D GET CRUCIFIED ON THE HIP HOP BLOG & WEBSITES. AS I SAID BEFORE YOU CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS. T.I. KEEPS GOING BACK TO JAIL, IS HE KEEPING IT REAL OR BEING STUPID. WITH THE MONEY HE’S MADE & NOW MISSING OUT ON I’D SAY HE NEEDS TO WISE UP & STOP PUTTING HIS SELF IN BAD SITUATIONS. THAT’S WHAT’S REAL!

    PEACE & GET MONEY!!!
    MOGUL $$$ GAME 2011!!

  • http://leglegarm.blogspot.com/ LegLegArmArmHead

    We like Rick Ross because he peddles in delusional fantasies, makes the trunk rattle, and is an irreverent if not “technically talented” rapper. No, I don’t want to hear a dense rhyming MC over the beats he uses… they’re as grandiose and over-the-top as he. On Teflon Don, none of the featured rappers sounded quite as comfortable Rozay. Who cares if he’s a “fraud?” Would you believe anyone who claimed to own as many cars as he, move as much weight, etc…? His rap is a cloud 9 fantasy, and that’s why we like it.

    pull up to the spot in a drop top chicken box

  • Savage

    man im so fuckin tired of dis whole fake shit, for numba 1 how da fuck u gonna say styles is a fraud when he did a bid upstate bfore da locked up track?? also tupac was no fuckin gangsta but was rappin bout da shit he said himself he was neva in the streets so all dat wonderin who is real is stupid n strait up rick ross isnt lying about the co situation he just havent spoke about it cuz HE OWES NO ONE AN EXPLAINATON, HES A GROWN ASS MAN….and he has gotten a hell of alot better as each tear goes by

  • http://www.pottstreet.com Gusto

    William Roberts been running with Jeezy’s style for a long minute now…. son is a knock off in all facets.

    G

  • pharoethegreatest

    You answered your own question in the writeup family. Its the beats flat out. Although I must say, I sing along with the lyrics also.

    My wife and I always laugh at his “ruhhhhh” , shit sounds retarded as fuck lol.

    Once the song kicks in though, the shit goes extra hard. I’m trying to learn how to put together those same type of orchestra type beats he gets his hands on as we speak. Love that symphony type shit, ya cant go wrong with that sound at all.

  • pharoethegreatest

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  • @24kLILCOE

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    It’s so funny wit us blacks, when one of us makes it & is doin big thangs here comes the criticizm & hate!! Ross keep on doin you thang cuz.. (LOL) Yall niggas takin time outta yall nothin for nothin to lives to blog & spread hate so the bawse must be heavily on ya minds, cause he definitely aint writing bout yall! Get a life & copy the big homie & get money!!! Oh yea Ashes to Ashes the mixtape is another classic!

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    you got it twisted…ross ain’t marketed at white america…he’s marketed @ ghetto n^ggas with a gram, and a dream…why you think he struggles to go gold…

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    @Don u hit it on da head wit this one. Let me add to this by saying, I also believe that alotta dudes have a desire to portray themselves in an imaginary way without getting called out, or otherwise unaccepted. I think Ross gives them hope that they too can just fabricate some whole shit outta thin air and not be rejected by the hip-hop community the way they once would have been. It’s almost taboo now to bring up the fact that Ross is a fraud. Now u might be considered a hater for pointing out the truth… and that is a dangerous place for a culture to be in.

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    Ross keeps delivering quality production his topics dont really stray too far from the usual ( drugs,women,cars,money etc). You cant deny good production a good hook and his delivery is tight. So what if he was a C O thats a job one takes to eat and there are crooked C O like there crooked cops how come they cant get any shine in the rap circle

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