There was an exciting time for the Rick Ross fan. After years of chanting Maybach Music, it finally became more than just a phrase. Ross built his label during the height of his popularity, signing acts like Meek Mill and Wale, while giving some up and coming names a chance such as Stalley and close compadre Gunplay. It seemed like a MMG takeover was imminent, and it was for the most part. Hard to escape the lady’s voice as Ross plowed through verse after verse, all while his artists began to get hot. Things don’t always work out to their… continue reading
Rick Ross and Young Jeezy made history when they squashed the beef between each other in 2014. Since, we’ve been graced with several collaborations between the two. Young Dolph pulls them back in for his “Preach (Remix).” The bouncy Zaytoven production is a perfect fitting for Ross and Jeezy to spit some of their best guest verses in a while (especially the latter). In 2015, I hope Young Dolph strikes with the public in the way that High Class Street Music 4 did for me. It was one of my favorite projects of the year. Dolph’s ad-libs are second to… continue reading
Some rappers can’t go away for a while and then come back to the same buzz. Nipsey Hussle can. He’s done it year after year as he takes time to craft music that’ll last longer than the short expectancy of the internet. He’s got a loyal set of fans. After dropping “50 Niggaz” last week, Neighborhood Nip teams up with Rick Ross for “1 Hunnit A Show.” Anytime you see a Nipsey Hussle and Rick Ross collaboration, its grounds for excitement. Their chemistry has been solid whether it’s them collaborating or both being featured on someone else’s song. “1 Hunnit… continue reading
Somehow, Hood Billionaire is Rick Ross’ second album of 2014. It’s a puzzling project, with no apparent commercial ambition and an unassuming amount of fan service. Even with help from Jay-Z and Metro Boomin, it’s Rozay’s most underwhelming release in years. It’s a signal that the MMG boss might be past the point of racking up sales on a major, which could actually be very advantageous. Billionaire is not so subtly pandering to his “mixtape” fan base, and that’s where he’ll cement his legacy. This is unmistakably a Rick Ross album. Pounding bass, rapid hi-hats, hooks that are just Ross… continue reading
After Rick Ross held a Hood Billionaire listening session in NYC, it was noted by a few attendees that Ross’ record with Metro Boomin’ sounded like a stand-out. Thanks to HHS87, we get to hear the record. To quite honest, it doesn’t sound different from anything else Ross does with his music. Even Metro’s production doesn’t heighten this collaborative effort. We’ve heard much better chemistry, but if this is considered a record worthy of being the best on the album, then we might be disappointed once it drops. It’s rare in hip-hop that two albums in one year both turn… continue reading
Mastermind, previously slated for release on December 17th, 2013, is in stores this week. It’s Rick Ross’s sixth studio album, and his second in a row to miss a winter release—despite statements over the years by Ross and the MMG twitter account that the Untouchable Maybach Empire does not do push backs. If there’s anything we’ve learned, though, it’s not to doubt Ricky. He isn’t one to disappoint, and Mastermind finds his persona as grandiose and uncompromising as ever.