Today, Miami Mafiaso rapper, Rick Ross, dropped his 9th studio album, ‘Rather You Than Me‘. Over the years, Ross has become a household name in the Hip-Hop community. Although the ex-C.O raps convincingly of a lifestyle embroiled in drugs, wealth and gangsterism affairs. However, Ross also explores a side of him calling out those who he looked up to, looking out for fellow MMG rapper Meek Mill and wanting success for his whole crew.
The album itself, in typical Ricky Rozay fashion, contains a large amount of high-end guest features. MMG signees Meek (L) Mill, Wale and Scrilla all appear on their respected tracks, as well as Gucci Mane, Dej Loaf, Young Thug and others.
Throughout the album, there are two very different sonic sounds Ross is trying to display through his banal, more-than-average lyrics. The majority of the album contains either heavy 808 thumping trap inspired records or cool, Jazzy beats with glorious strings and smooth vocal arrangements. One of the first tracks that stood out while listening to the album was “Santorini Greece”. Over a creepy vocal sample, looped over light keys and slow bass, Ross delivers a track about how he wants to payback friends been with him since day one and racial tensions within America. One of the more controversial tracks has to be the direct Birdman diss, “Idols Become Rivals”. Over a dark instrumental making Ross sound like a super villain, Ross calls out the Hip-Hop mogul for his sneaky ways and makes it clear whose side he’s taking on the beef.
Although Ross goes hard on every track, making sure people are listening to him and appreciating the work he puts into his albums, the album is overfilled with unnecessary features and tracks. “Trap Trap Trap”, “Dead Presidents” have great instrumentals, although the featured artists on their respected tracks add their contribution, they’re forgettable and don’t really allow the track to shine.
While Ross may be releasing full-length projects every year or so and working extensively within the Hip-Hop community with new and old artists, he no longer shines by himself. Of the 14 tracks on the album, ten of them contain features, leaving only Rick to hold down less than half the album by himself. While it may not be his best project, lyrically or engulfing in as much energy as previous projects, such as ‘Rich Forever‘ or ‘God Forgives, I Don’t‘, Ross provides an album that is more intriguing for its features and instrumentals than himself.