Amidst controversies and rap scandals, Rick Ross
[click to read] has managed to force himself into the collective consciousness of
Hip Hop fans, successfully branding himself as "the real deal,"
despite events that would seem to indicate otherwise. But for all the
inconsistencies in Ross' tales of pushing weight, he's
always managed to deliver in the music-making department. Deeper
Than Rap is no different, as "the Boss" continues his
penchant for combining hard-hitting production with some good
old-fashioned hedonistic Rap.
The number one expectation when listening to a Rick Ross album lies with the production, and in this aspect, Deeper Than Rap does not
disappoint. The majority of the sound here is very rich without
sounding overproduced and shiny. Whether listening to the
minimalistic claps over heavy organs in "Mafia Music" or
the swanky yet defiant keys and horns in "Yacht Club,"
there's little to complain in the musical department. Still,
there's definitely some fluff, particularly when Ross relies
on R&B tracks. The "All I Really Want" is far too
shiny and the same can be said of "Lay Back." To its
credit, the former has an infectious hook courtesy of The-Dream,
while the latter may be the worst of Robin Thicke's
[click to read] career.
Immediately evident, even more so than the stellar production, is Ross'
vastly improved emceeing. Big Daddy Kane
[click to read] he ain't,
but no longer is Ross simply talking over tracks. While his
flows aren't complicated or astonishing in the least, they are
clean and he rides the beat well. Perhaps it's a testament to
how bad his prior technical abilities were rather than his current
ones are; either way, he's definitely gotten better. One need
look no further than "Mafia Music"
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where Ross confidently rhymes, "That boy had it hard,
no facade it's the truth/So now when I m