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Rick Ross & Mick Boogie
Rick the Ruler

RickRoss.jpgThe trap-star-turned-rap-star shtick is getting old. Even though Rick Ross’ monstrous d-boy anthem, “Hustlin’,” scored him a joint venture between Slip-N-Slide and Def Jam, the former kingpin’s whole style is a tad cliché. Mr. Dade County joins forces with Mick Boogie for Rick the Ruler, a collection of cleverly crafted mixes, which serves as a teaser to the rapper’s debut, Port of Miami.

Ross’ speak-n-spell flow works early on for former pie flippers Jay-Z and Young Jeezy, who jack the bearded MC’s swagger on “Hustlin’ (Remix).” In other instances, Rick’s simpleton style fails him, like on the lifeless synth-driven “Real Shit,” featuring Daz and Slim Thug. This happens again with “Whip It Real Hard,” where, though the basic organ melody and staccato 808s sound hard, Ross wastes the track with wack lines like, “I’m in the kitchen cookin’, you know I’m wit’ it, wit’ it/So how them chickens lookin’? We done did it, did it.”

When Ricky alters his flow a bit, he’s a different beast altogether. Take his freestyle over Bun B’s “Get Throwed” beat, where he imitates the underground king’s double-time flow and brags about his city’s innovation (“Dade County nigga, we started grills”). He even spits a little pimpalation alongside Too $hort and Pimp C on the Lil’ Jon–laced “Money Maker.” When-ever he breaks free of the confines of cocaine rap, Ross starts to sound more like a rapper and less like a drug-dealing gimmick.

Though he has a solid platform to earn some stripes outside of his deafening hit, the heavyweight MC doesn’t dig much deeper here than on anything we’ve heard so far. Apparently, the most adventurous thing that’s ever happened to Slick Rick Ross is his dope dealing. But hey, you can’t knock his hustle.—PAUL CANTOR

  • d.GUTTA

    phhiffhhhahh!!

  • TIs_Motivation

    rick ross is garbage he needs to go back to hustlin

  • Alex Brown(G.B. Bahamas)

    time will tell

  • H-man

    Give it up to RR. He got MIAMI on fire.

  • http://msn Rune

    rick ross the best of def jam

  • WESTCOASTTONGAN

    RICK ROSS BEST OF DEF JAM? U STUPID FUCK, RR IS WACK, MIAMI IS WACK. WOT ABOUT METHOD MAN & JEEZY, ROSS DONT EVEN COMPARE 2 DEM

  • babyboy

    westcoastttongan is right Method is ndoubt the best in Def Jam, but Rick Ross is dope 2 man, gotta give it up, still, Wu Tang rules, Only build 4 cuban linx2is comin man badd azz classic shit, produce by DR. Dre.. nah is a Rap , WU tang clan 4 eva

  • rives305

    ross is still one of the top rappers on def jam

  • TIs_Motivation

    ^^^one hit don’t make u the best artist on a label

  • http://xxlmag.com SUPER313

    fuck rick ross and his preschool rhymes
    he brag like port of miami gonna be
    a classic nigga please
    st8 trash

  • I Am A Hater

    Rick Ross the best on Def Jame!!!!?? You’re joking right? Better then Method Man? Redman? Joe Budden? I don’t think so!

  • http://yahoo.com old school

    i think that the hole trap boi thing is played out not everybody out the hood has or sales its time that people tell the truth about the hood and stop keeping it one side it and for the that cat who said miami is wack dont let what south beach fool you its real in da 305 people wont say miami is where the south got its style from and this is coming from a A-TOWN NIGGA!

  • the gorgeous gangsta

    what trip me out about rick ross is the fact that nobody seems to remember how this nigga came out like 3 years ago on a song wit trina. it was for the soundtrack to all about the benjamins that ice cube movie and he was rappin so gay on that shit he wasn’t talkin none of that tough shit he be rappin now and then i heard a lot of his old shit and he was rappin wit a high ass soft voice it’s kinda weird he could just switch to all that hustlin shit to get on…he ain’t really all that great joe budden is the best rapper on def jam by far and he’s my favorite nigga under 30 doin it now besides me but that mixtape rick ross did was pretty weak

  • Raze

    I agree, Rick Ross to me comes off as a “fronter” than a “front-liner.” HOw do you come out a couple years ago, with mediocre lyrics, but now approach the game with your new found ability to envoke us in your “Hustlin” piece. His beats are somewhat mesmerising, but his delivery, pitch, and tone, are all off-kilter; if it were up to me, I would not support his album nor would I support his message. (if you could find it through all that lyrical fodder).

    …Raze Up.

  • trizzle

    you f’in northern east coast haters! I,m sick of your site after site hating you bastards. The dirty south runs shit you bitches no explaining you hoes. Shut the fuc up and stop hating. Sick of yall unhot crybabies.

  • Ing Boss

    Rick Ross is hard TO ME cuz of his style, how he put MIA on the map, his flow is whatever, just like all these fake azz rappers, only main stream nyggaz spittin thats worth shyt with the flow is The Game, Lil Wayne , and Ludacris, plain & simple. and def jam has gone to shyt man, you really pullin method man and ja rule outta there talkin bout they the best on the label? please…. and Jeezy?? HA HA ..LOL, my bad anyway, pick ya’ll flow up, every nygga out here sellin drugs, got grillz, etc.. talk bout sumthin new. Simple azz nyggaz.

  • INTERSCOPE JACKSON

    riky ross is ass

  • manifestHOUSTON

    one-hit wonder
    thats an ill song
    but im sure the album
    aint gonna be up to par
    im tired of all this
    bling-bling shit
    WHAT THE FUCK DID YOU INDUSTRY
    CATS DO TO HIP-HOP!
    YA’LL DONE FUCKED IT ALL
    UP FA’ REAL
    NO KIND OF TALENT
    NO SOUL
    JUST FRONTS, RIMS, SLABS
    AND GOLD. THIS MANIFESTO
    MFs IM TRYIN’ TO TAKE THIS
    MUSIC BACK TO 94-95 BACK TO
    THE LAST OF AN ERA
    WHEN HIP-HOP
    WAS AN ART
    AND NOT A SPORT
    WHERE EVERYONE AND THEIR
    MFin’ MOM CAN RAP
    YA DIG!
    HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM!
    MANIFESTO-HOUSTON,TX! WHAT!!!

  • 100% Real Nigga

    man why is ya’ll niggaz runnin ya’lls dick sucka? talkin bout ross soft and miami wack? homeboy come str8 down 56st lil haiti and run yo shit and i bet u’ll get a change of heart!

  • 100% Real Nigga

    oh yeah, and birdz go fa 22!!

  • Deeva

    You know Rick Ross must be doing something correct since he wrote rhymes for an “unknown”. I think that we should wait for the album to see if it’s garbage, I would think that it’ll be a nice display of his talents lyrically. You have to give these rappers time to blossom into themselves. Look at Jay-Z, he started off good and now he’s great. He’s come a long way and has flourished into the rapper he is now. Stop dismissing them until you hear the whole sound….And stop dismissing Southern Rappers, danggit.

  • Dimez

    yo,yall stupid hatin ass fuck niggas aint makin money like rick ross, please u niggas really need to stop hatin…have yall even heard any of his tracks or 1, RICK ROSS IS #1 ON DEF JAM, THEN JEEZY

  • Bijou

    Fuck Rick Ross, Trick Daddy put Miami on the map.

  • HollyHood Izzle

    Man I’m from the A, and I luv the south and what we doin, but how many songs do u need 2 keep repeatin the same shit about how much dope u sold. Def Jam should of dropped his album when his single was hot, I thinks its 2 late 4 dude now, everythang else I’ve heard from him don’t have the raw feel like hustlin’. So its back 2 the trap 4 the boss

  • http://XXLmag.com westside money

    Ok 1 Rick Ross is sorry he only gained exposure because that “Hustlin” beat was tight other than that Rick Ross sucks.He a 1 hit wonder.It take Redman,Method Man,and Nas over him anyday.

  • 3_THIRTEEN

    For a nigga who got his name from a drug dealer who sold out to the FEDS tell u alot about his character. He calls AKON a snitch??? I like dude only b/c he has or DEF JAM has forced the public think he’s one of us, a HUSTLER….But the nigga is down w/trick daddy nem, them boi’s aint even allowed to set foot in Detroit w/out gettin a ass whippen.

    This nigga said he knew the Real Noreaga, riiiight. Shit I know BUSH, that’s who I get my work from.

    GREAT LAKES!!!!!fucka’s

  • BigBoi1122

    Yall motherfuckers are stupid saying that rr is fucking lame thats li ke sayin tupac and biggie was lame you stupid motherfuckers miami is going to the top shit rick is the fucking man

  • DADE_REPPA

    rick ross is in his prime and can only get greater he is a dade county repa all that south beach shit yall niggas see on ya b.e.t’s and m.t.v’s aint the miami he speaking of on his album yall south beach heads need to get off on the next exit of 95 and check’em out if you cant relate to shit yall hatas go ahead and hate on the shit–dAde RePpa!

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  • Toronto king*

    manifestHOUSTON, couldnt of said it better myself. fuck rick ross..hes an industry and commercial motherfcker and fuck all those other rappers who just rap bout gettin paid and rap about their cars..the art of MCing and rappin as a whole is gone…wat happened to dat old skool NWA shit? Rap is supposed to paint a picture in ur mind like biggie did back in the day… Rap isnt supposed sound like dis “its time to spread my thrills
    custom spinnin wheels i aint drove in a week bitches spinnin still..everyday im hustlin…”- rick ross

  • PJeezy

    I FUCKS WIT DA BOI ROSS

  • http://myspace.com/guttamuzak TempO

    Ross is wack an im from miami(Brownsub to be exact)the nigga was a Correctional Officer at TGK Prison dat nigga aint no big dope boy he was a average hood weed/coke man.he had a lil dough cause his peoples had bread..dont belive tha hype.plus his album is garbage but fools will buy it just to see so he will sell regardless but multi-platinum i doubt

  • http://www.wilwjamesaol.com Da Ol’ Boy

    Ofc: Roberts, uh, I mean Rick Ross is aight sometimes when he not rappin in slow motion, but he definately ain’t no heavy dopeboy from back in the day. He used to be a Correctional Officer at SFRC (South Florida Reception Center) prison in ’96,’97. Just keep it real and people will respect that. I’m from the 305 and I listen to Rick Rizzle, but the same theme plays out quick.Look at Jacki-O. She made sure we knew how good her “Nookie” was, and Rick is making sure we know how hard he can “Whip It”
    People don’t want to constantly hear that.
    Rick has a totally different and better style than what you hear now where he raps faster and doesn’t even talk about the dope game much. Just check out a few of Trick Daddy & Trina’s old albums and a few of his mixtapes and see for yourself. He has a few good lyrical moments on his album, “Port Of Miami”, but nothing to brag about. The album isn’t wack, but if it weren’t for the beats it would be.
    I don’t think his album “Port of Miami” is whack,but if it weren’t for the beats it would be.

  • http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/txk TXK

    Reppin down bottom with that real shyt RR is come in to his on his dirty south swagger represents the grind and shine we all about. In this g-game RR is going sale a mill right in the hood.

    true shyt,

    TXk

    I reppin dade-FLA 4 life

    check out my style

    2 shots
    running your mouth
    on the streets

    drop your comment

    I didi the entire project myself I am Bobo Records.

    hollar

  • ThuggedON1

    Who da hell puss-azz nigga gowne try three oh feezy!!!! muhtha fuckkkaaaa!!! bitch! my nine five foe niggas wood even cap yo fuck assez widda quickness. N dont even try ta act hard on dis site! dis be MIAMI dum ass NIGGAZ!!
    OPA-LOCKA!!
    C.C.!!
    MADIE IVES!!
    LIL HAITI!!
    LIL CUBA!!
    N.M.B.!!!!! (Cocaine Capital)……YO HOOD AINT NO HARDA DEN OURS NIGGA!!!! GET YO MOTHA FUCKIN FACTS STR8 N QUIT RUNNIN YALL DICK SUCKAS!!!!!………S.S.B.s

  • http://http.//www.xxlmag.com/?p=2569 Krazy

    yo Rick Ross is hot the best on def jam right now niggas stop hatten he doing his thing never garbage is yall crazy red man method man joe budden what all they ass week Rick Ross niggas stop haten do yall hear him rap im saying push that ross

  • premium

    im tired of the major labels. indie labels need to push real artist cuz mainstream has gone to shit. if it werent for production this nigga would be in a uniform hold inmates. niggas need to stop lying read a couple books and come with sum inspirational music. premium mandela for president

  • http://www.fuckniggas.com u daddy

    shut up motherfuckers rick ross es su padre putos representando miami 305 my niggas 304 4 life motherfuckers, es el mejor rappero de todos les guste o no pinches putos rico ross 305

  • http://www.the305.com 305

    fuck cuba

  • SAV-N Eight FIVE 785

    i like how they used the KC Royals logo maane…. LK 2 KC… come fucc with a fat nigga baby..

  • mi-ya-yo 305

    rick ross the best nigga…FUCK T.I. FUCK T.I. FUVK T.I.

  • Stax On Deck

    The Bootleg Might Suck, but The Real Album Port Of Miami iz sick

  • rider

    fuck da haters dawg make that gwack.

  • Salute Me.

    Immortal Technique molested him on his own beat. fuck rick ross

  • moccagrl

    All ya’ll need to kiss Rick Ross ass because none of you even have a record deal let alone a demo.

  • http://www.myspace.com/tmcexpress PENZ ONE TMC EXPRESS

    Regardless if he was a corrections officer or not, the dude got lyrics. Yeah he does rap about the dope game ALOT. But since im living in Miami…. He’s really puttin Miami on the map foreal. The south is on the rise and the movement is taking over. One guy said Rick Ross aint as good as Joe Budden? Are you being serious man? That dude had one song of radio play, pump it up. And that shizznit didnt even bump around here. Theres different strokes for different folks. But Ross is getting play from Miami, to NY with Jay, to Cali with Daz. The man is doing his thing. And he keeps it real. I see Ross in the hood all the time. If he’s lieing about his street cred…. who cares…. the boy did his thing and came up. Stop hatin.

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    ITZ ABOUT DADE AND BROWARD, ALL YALL NIGG4Z WHO THINK BROWARD AINT GOT HOODZ? COME SEE ME DAWGZ…

    TATER TOWN.
    FOSTER ROAD.
    DANIA BEACH.
    SISTRUNK AVE.
    HOLLYWOOD
    CARVER RANCHEZ.
    DEEPSIDE.
    POMPANO BEACH.
    MELROSE PARK.

  • Rock_Co.Kane

    Rick Ross Is the shit.
    Fuck you loser’s that think other wise, your just Mad cause he’s doing something with is life and actually making it big.And you’re not.
    His Ryme’s are awesome it takes hard work to come up with things that go together and can move along in the song.and its hard to rap like you just sit there and judge him but i would like to see you spend a day in his life.

  • http://www.myspace.com/yaboyishere YOUNG DVS

    RICK ROSS NEVER SOLD SHIT!!! WHO GONE BUY FROM THE LAW!!!

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  • floridas finest

    ricky ross! one of the realest to ever do it

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    oh yea 954 till i muthafuckin die!

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    oh yea 954 till i muthafuckin die niggaz!

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