Rather you than me
Long gone were the days where I would have listed Rick Ross as a heavy hitter in the rap game, or so I thought. I was pleasantly surprised by the strong resurgence of Ricky Rozay in Rather You Than Me. Ever since the days of “Everyday I’m hustlin” on his Port of Miami record I thought that Rick would have really been one of the “bosses”, as self-proclaimed however, along the way he lost his distinctive style that made him so distinguishable. By the time he released John and 9 piece which I thought were the same song I was no longer seeing his star power, but this album has confirmed him as a contender once again.
“Apple of my eye” gave Rick Ross the running start he needed for this album, production is flawless and the lyrics only assist in boosting the story telling aspect. Raphel Saadiq, who always manages to pop up and rekindle his influence within r & b and hip hop is the perfect asset to this song. “Santorini Greece”, continues the momentum that Ross established with the first track. The track is effort less and inviting with a smooth beats and heavy understated punch lines such as “ white man love me when I get my bling on/ but you hate me when I buy foreign land/ respect my genius all my people bought a share” By far the most controversial song on this LP is Idols become Rivals, which pertains to the strained relationship with birdman and confirms the rumors of birdman’s money hungry tendencies. “Then I saw you on the live nation stage, came to the realization that your watch was fake (damn)/ you broke my heart I really though you niggas owed them cars.” This provides insight as to how the members of cash money really lived under his eye. One of the strongest flows I’ve ever heard from him.
Rick continues his albums with his typical high pumped “geechi”, bass inducted records Trap, Trap, Trap, dead presidents and She on my d^&*. These still prevail as strong tracks with the additions of features, and provide the upbeat vibes needed for a well-rounded album. Ross manages to go back to the cool settings he established prior with “I think she like me” feat. An ultra-smooth Ty- Dolla Sign. Now we’ve seen the introduction of Chris Rock on Hip hop records (after all, Yeezy taught us) but this is something I believe the record could have done without. “Powers that be “continued the theme of having heavy weights both past and present on his tracks and Nas as usual doesn’t under deliver. He is one of the most Prolific rappers of our time. “Lamborghini doors” with Meek Mill is a strong record where meek showcases his freestyle talents with his typical elevated vocals. The conclusion of the records with Summer Seventeen will with no issue be one of the summer anthems.
Rather you than me was such a great body of work I cannot stop playing it. This records production and lyrics went hand in hand and was indisputably one the strongest records of 2017 overall I give this album an B+. This was one of the best Rap albums that I’ve heard from an artist in a while. Until next time …..