Rick Ross
Rich Forever


3.5
great

Review

by Nathan Flynn CONTRIBUTOR (68 Reviews)
January 11th, 2012 | 56 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Every superhero needs his theme music, and Rick Ross seems to have found his with Rich Forever

Everything about Rick Ross has always seemed to be outsized- a caricature, if you will. His beard is quite bushy, his weight is exorbitant, and his delivery could be best described as a bellow. Furthermore, his lyrics are so outsized that when it was revealed that his “gangster” persona was nothing but a farce, it really wasn’t a surprise. Ross sounded like he was uncertain with his image back in the days of “Hustlin,” and even 2010’s street anthem “B.M.F.” seemed to be tinged with caution about overstepping the boundaries of how raw it could be (not to mention the grandiose Lex Luger beat made it sound that much more over-the-top). There’s nothing wrong with having an alter-ego: Eminem became famous due in large part to Slim Shady, and even Nicki Minaj has a separate version of herself. The difference with Rick Ross is that he seemed uncomfortable in his costume. After all, he is a former correctional officer who got sued by notable drug dealer “Freeway” Rick Ross for defamation of character. That should be enough for anyone to subdue their adopted persona.

Then, something amazing happened.

At some point in 2011, Ross developed a formula of lyric writing that lent itself to highlighting the things that he seems to understand most: money and women. Combine these two winning elements with his famously gruff voice and trademark grunt, and suddenly, offers for guest verses came pouring in. All of a sudden, Ross wasn’t the correctional officer that cleaned the streets: he was the voice of the streets. His verse on Lil Wayne’s “John” even seemed to be a more natural representation of hood living than even Wayne could provide. Rick Ross had completed his transformation from Beauty to the Beast- he was no longer just the guy pretending to be from the hood; he was pop radio’s idealized version of the hood.

This personality carries over to Ross’ latest mixtape “Rich Forever,” which, as the name suggests, is a vast collection of braggadocio regarding Rick Ross’ assets. Tracks like “Yella Diamonds” and “King of Diamonds” center on his favorite types of jewelry while others revolve around how much “cheese” he has, or about the keys to his crib. No matter which song, they all come off as love letters to the thug life that Ross has so convincingly construed for himself. He sounds more confident than ever in his new skin, and refuses to let guests like Birdman and Wale show him up on their guest verses. Even the beats seem subdued compared to those on Teflon Don. Essentially, Rick Ross gives us a very tuned down offering, but sounds more natural and confident in doing so. By no longer needing to compensate for his gangster imagery, he is able to do just what he was meant to do- rap- and do it better than he ever has before.



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FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
January 10th 2012


9034 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I THINK I'M BIG MEECH

Tyrannic
January 10th 2012


3262 Comments


BIG BLACK NIGGUH

IN AN ICY WATCH

posd.

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
January 10th 2012


9034 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks homie.


AggravatedYeti
January 10th 2012


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

excellent.

jayfatha
January 10th 2012


2882 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Ehhhh

wabbit
January 10th 2012


7002 Comments


BIG BLACK NIGGA!!!!

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
January 10th 2012


15040 Comments


STAY SCHEMIN

jimmykidd
January 11th 2012


529 Comments


MUST BE THE MEXICEEEENZ

KangarooSong
January 12th 2012


143 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Excellent review, but I don't think anyone would feel like they had to prove themselves on a track with Birdman. Dude is lyrically retarded.

MMX
January 12th 2012


4818 Comments


Can never get into any of his music because of this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Al-8OoH0oHc

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
January 12th 2012


50432 Comments


This guy can't rap
Wrath Of Bong

Digging: Viper the Rapper - You'll Cowards Don't Even Smoke Crack

jayfatha
January 12th 2012


2882 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

He really can't

jimmykidd
January 13th 2012


529 Comments


sure, he is terrible, but he brings teh lulz.

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
January 13th 2012


9034 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hes so much better than he used to be

Thane
January 25th 2012


2167 Comments


heard this was pretty good, giving it a listen. good review man.

qwe3
February 8th 2012


21362 Comments


this is great

stayschemin
March 15th 2012


3 Comments


luv this niga.
from his exquisite rhyme scheme down to the flamboyant personality.
Rick ross paints a vivid picture of the thug life.

AggravatedYeti
March 16th 2012


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hehehe.

PurpleDino
June 23rd 2012


3077 Comments


I RIDE FOR MY NIGGAS DAAAWWWWWG



I RIDE FOR MY NIGGAS

cirq
August 7th 2012


9264 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like it



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