ross-articleFactor in Rick Ross (finally) coming clean as the former correctional officer that he once was, his beef with 50 Cent, and most recently, a feud with porn star Brian Pumper; and the so-called “Boss Of Miami” still doesn’t seem to be deterred (publicly at least) as he releases his third album in three years, Deeper Than Rap.

Although his “cocaine lord” aura might be a little tarnished due to aforementioned events, Ricky still fills up the project with larger than life tales, mixed in with the drug paraphernalia content that initially helped to put him on the map.

This time around, his supporting cast includes artists like Foxy Brown, John Legend, Avery Storm, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Nas, T-Pain, Ne-Yo, Robin Thicke and Trina.

With all those names doing their best to assist the heavy-bearded rapper in rebuilding his image, things get underway with the J.U.S.T.I.C.E League-produced ‘Maybach Music 2’ featuring Kanye West, T-Pain, and Lil Wayne.

After everyone finishes the discussion about their individual stacks, Ross goes from land to water on ‘Yacht Club, as he talks about traveling the seven seas and how your girl would love to accompany him.

Nas comes in on ‘Usual Suspects,which is a rags to riches story, instead of Ross’ typical riches to more riches theme. ‘Murda Mami’ features Foxy Brown, as they both run their Bonnie & Clyde/Mickey & Malorie routine.

Ricky replaces the money talk with gun talk on ‘Gunplay. Over the track provided by The Inkredibles, Ross compliments the title of the song with relatable content, “Bullet in my head/bullet in my chest/yeah they want a n*gga dead/they envy my success.”

One of the few songs that Ross goes alone is ‘Valley Of Death,(which doubles as one of the strongest records on the album). On it, he opts to go with subject matter that normal people can relate to rather than talking about $20,000.00 mortgage payments, “Only live once, and I got two kids/and for me to feed them, I’ll get two gigs.”

Rick Ross doesn’t stray off course, and stays in his comfort zone with additional offerings like ‘Rich Off Cocaine’ (feat. Avery Storm), ‘In Cold Blood,’ ‘Bossy Lady, (feat. Ne-Yo), and ‘Face’ (feat. Trina).

“The Boss” doesn’t break any monumental ground on Deeper Than Rap, as he stays in the same vein as Trilla and Port Of Miami.

His cartel king/über-rich persona took a beating this year, which makes some of his material hard to swallow, but then again, he isn’t the only Hip-Hop star to super-over exaggerate his or her lifestyle (i.e. the current financial problems that plague Scott Storch, Method Man, Xzibit and Lil Kim).

So with that said, you can either take him for what he is: Either the person who can back up his stories of trafficking while sleeping on piles of money, or someone who lives vicariously through the chronicles of people like the “real” Ricky Ross—the choice is yours…

Rating: 3.5

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  • http://www.ihiphop.com/deeman85 mrpostman

    this is a very nice album……. real talk

  • http://www.ihiphop.com/LettemBleed 305 dade man

    whoever made this article is a bitch as nigga he never admitted being a co and hes rebuilding his image? never knew it was gone you on 50 dick

  • http://www.ihiphop.com/DSEA TREBOR2

    yea…i agree with 305 dade man…besides da fact im a miami native as well…this album goes to a whole other level..when you compare it to trilla..and port of miami….this article was madd bias….hop iff that nigga 50′s dick cuh

  • http://www.ihiphop.com/oscarblanco24 oscarblanco

    homeboy did indeed admit to being a c.o. people just google it. however that doesnt change the fact that the album is his best offering yet and it deserves more than the 3.5 mics it got

  • http://www.ihiphop.com/Diamondglow DiamondHearts

    3.5 come on look like hating! is 50 paying you ?

  • http://www.ihiphop.com/bigodogg shonbond

    Ricky Lost i mean Ross tryn way 2 hard. 2 his credit he got a few hot tracks but he aint Bossn like that spendin way 2 much time & attention on 50. At tha end of tha day 50 still gon have mo money. that is all tha CO RAP ABOUT!

  • http://www.ihiphop.com/3wabi 3datty

    I know cops and COs that do their little side deals to make ends meet if they’re good enough to land a record deal and make hot tracks so fucking what. if 50 wasn’t such a hater him and rick could’ve done a project together and make some serious maybach music.