Rick Ross, Deeper Than Rap (Def Jam, 2009)
You might remember Rick Ross from all of those videos where 50 Cent makes fun of him, including the one where he suggests he had sex with Ross' baby's mother, and the sex tape of Ross' other baby's mother. Or the fact that he used to be a cop. This is his third collection of yacht rap songs.
Kinda sounds like that very first song he had. "Hustling," or whatever. Except it's that much harder for me to take him seriously, after all of those Fiddy Cent videos. Fiddy really did do a number on his image. Not that I give a shit, but all he talks about is how much money he has and how he used to sell coke.
MAYBACH MUSIC 2
Way over the top. Reminds me of some of the junk from that second Blueprint album. Kanye's verse sounds like Lil Wayne might have written it. In particular, there's a line about how anything he takes a poop on explodes, because he's the shit. For what it's worth, his verse may have been more memorable than the actual Lil Wayne verse.
John Legend singing "this pimping is magnificent" just doesn't sound right. Neither does Rick Rose quoting Special Ed. Rawse: "Ain't nothing on my back but the delicast[sic] of fabrics." Also, and I might be hearing this wrong: "It's time to rape the game like Puffy did Total."
Seriously, a rap song called yacht club? More so than the last couple of albums, all of these songs sound the same to me. It's this very lush '70s-era R&B music. Like it could be incidental music from a John Holmes movie. Rawse: "I'm into fried fish with a slight lime twist."
The one with Nas. As you might have suspected, it doesn't sound at all like a Nas song. It sounds like everything else on this album - nice and fluffy. Rawse finally calls himself the black Phillip Drummond, which just goes to show his frame of reference. If only he could find a way to rhyme Phillip Drummond with crab meats.
ALL I REALLY WANT
The gayest thing I've ever heard in my life. Especially when The-Dream keeps doing his "radio killa" thing. Rawse: "Who can hit it more faster? I'm talking authentic orgasms."
RICH OFF COCAINE
I'll let you guess what this one's about. However, you might not be able to tell that the chorus to this one really does feature some no name R&B kid singing about how he's rich off cocaine. Not tongue in cheek in the least bit.
Why is it that Rick Ross insists on rapping about sex so much? He must be making up for his days as a prison guard, when the only sex he was offered was from other guys, like Fleece "Booty Warrior" Johnson. I bet he scores all the time now, but the girls are disgusting hoo-ers, like his babies' mothers.
Like Jay-Z and Beyonce's "Bonnie and Clyde," except maybe even gayer. Foxy Brown actually plays the Beyonce role. Remember when they were supposed to be an item? I wonder if Rawse hit that. Someone should ask her that in an interview.
All of a sudden during the first verse Rawse starts singing that song "To Be Loved" from Coming to America. Whoa, what a feeling!
Some real simp shit, which would seem to lend credence to my theory that Rawse is making up for his prison guard days. Seemingly every R&B singer with a record deal sings a chorus on this album. In this case, it's teh ghey-ass Ne-Yo.
A duet with Trina about slobbing each other's genitals while driving. No, really.
VALLEY OF DEATH
Rawse goes at Fiddy a bit. I noticed a few veiled references to him throughout this album. He uses the term batty boy a lot. But I keep waiting for him to really go in. No fishsticks. In the second verse, he says Trick Daddy really has AIDS, not Lupus. Hmm...
IN COLD BLOOD
Another Fiddy dis record. It's got the same problem as the last one. Yacht rap just doesn't make for very good dis records.
COMMENTS: I've never listened to any of these Rick Ross albums any longer than it took to review them. But if I just had to listen to a Rick Ross album - like if I was going on a yacht with some bitches and some crab meats - I'd probably stick with that first one. This third one finds him continuing his descent into self parody. It's hard to take anything he says seriously, and not just because Fiddy Cent so epically pwned him.
BEST TRACKS: I guess the first three. I wasn't really paying that much attention.
BONUS VIDEO: "Mafia Music"