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Rick Ross & Mick Boogie
Rick the Ruler

The 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,” ...

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