Rick Ross’ 9th studio album, “Rather You Than Me,” premiered on March 17th and since its debut I’ve been putting on my best Rick Ross grunt feeling all bossed up. UNH!
Rozay indeed made an epic release on his new label, Epic Records, after calling Def Jam his home for 10 years with his latest album. Rick reminds us his alias is BOSS with this one. Ross smoothly attacks on this album with his directly, disrespectful diss, “Idols Become Rivals,” maintains his motivational spirit with “Summer Seventeen” and “Powers That Be,” let us know the ladies still love him on “I Think She Like Me” and “She On My Dick,” and much more. He also brings forward star quality from Wale, Young Thug, Meek Mill, and an extensive list of elite artists with the guest features on his body work. He even got me to remotely tolerate a song with Dej Loaf on it. While Ross re-establishes himself as the boss of all bosses on “Rather You Than Me” and brings it out in others, he also knows how to take charge on the tracks he’s featured on. Get into some of my favorite ones below.
5. Ambition – Wale
In traditional MMG fashion, Wale brings together Meek Mill and the boss, Ricky Rozay together for a song that highlights their hustle, drive and ambitious nature. Rick Ross opens up about his hard times and how he uses them to keep his ambition alive.
4. Ima Boss – Meek Mill
Meek and Ross have shared many tracks together, but this might be this duo’s most dynamic. I mean, you can’t have a song with “boss” in the tittle without Ross giving us his best, HELLO?! He addresses some of his biggest haters and critics alike on this verse. He also further asserts himself as the head honco with lines that let them know who’s in charge: “Jerry Jones money nigga you a running back/Herschel Walker, Bo Jack / Ricky Watters, better run that dope back.”
3. Lord Knows – Drake
Ricks Ross’ verse on “Lord Knows” is nothing short of great. He cleverly crafted this verse with note-worthy lines especially with the opening lines, “I fell in love with the pen, started fucking the ink/The hustle’s an art, I painted what I would think/Still allergic to broke, prescription straight to the paper/Destined for greatness, but got a place in Jamaica.”
2. Ali Bomaye – The Game
Game recruits 2 Chainz and Rick Ross for this triumphant track. Ross again finds a way to mastermind his boss mentality into a well-written verse full of metaphors of luxury and lyrics that’ll make a hater second guess himself before he steps to the big belly rude bwoi.
1. Devil In A New Dress – Kanye West
Arguably one of Rick Ross’ best overall verses as well as features, Ross shares a tastes of his lavish life, sacrifices he’s made to get there along the way in his signature aggressive, yet laid-back fashion. He damn near levitates over this soul sample beat and polishes his verse off with excellent wordplay and double entendres.
While my favorite Dade County native has a catalog of dope verses, these are just a few, the list goes on. If you haven’t done so already, check out “Rather You Than Me” available now. You can keep the conversation going by commenting with your favorite Rick Ross features below.