by Carla Bynum
Rather You Than Me starts perfectly with the song “Apple of my Eye.” All Ross ever wanted growing up was to be respected by his neighborhood and to make his mother proud. He’s at the point in his life where he has accomplished both of those things and he wonders what’s next or “what else can you ask for?”
Chris Rock opens up the song “Idols Become Rivals,” a song that Ross admits is about someone in the rap game that he looked up to previously but dislikes now because of the way things are. As made evident in the first verse, the song is directed at Birdman. He recalls how he looked up to Birdman but lost respect for him when he realized how fake he was. He was hurt by the way Birdman treated Lil Wayne and prays that he prays Birdman will find kindness in his heart because Lil Wayne gave his all for Birdman. While Ross’ disdain for Birdman stems from many reasons, he was the most upset by how Birdman did DJ Khaled.
Wale and Young Thug join Ross for the album’s first promotional single “Trap Trap Trap,” which was released on March 9th. Ross warns listeners not to sleep on him and consider him one of the greats in the game.
I'm the wrong one to rob, in the jungle I'm Nas
In the label I'm Russ, in the trap I'm Rick Ross
“Dead Presidents” features Future, Jeezy, and Yo Gotti, all of which have made significant money from trapping.
“She On My Dick” is a pretty self-explanatory song about how women are all Ross because of his money and the moves he makes. The song features a verse from Gucci Mane and was released on March 13th as the album’s second promotional single.
Ty Dolla $ign joins Ross on the track “I Think She Like Me.” Ty sings about dating another man’s woman while Ross raps about the women he has. The song was released as the lead single on January 27th.
Chris Rock makes another appearance on the track “Powers That Be.” The following lines sum up the song perfectly.
Some things your eyes won't see
But when it's out of your control
Then it's the powers that be
“Game Ain’t Based on Sympathy” is a mellow song where Ross raps about how the government renovated the ghettos and stripped people of their affordable housing and healthcare. He also raps about Chicago and the indescribable violence that has been taking place. He believes the city has lost its soul.
The track “Scientology” compares the rap game with the Scientolgy religion. He also raps about how crooked the rap game it can be. The song starts with the lines:
Welcome to the Scientology of hip hop
Where you must sign a lifelong contract as well
Meek Mill and Anthony Hamilton are featured on the song “Lamborghini Doors.” They talk about how they went from being poor to having what they have now. Despite those who didn’t think they would be successful, they are making moves and on the way up like the doors on a Lamborghini.
Ross and Scrilla are living the “Triple Platinum” life. They have more money than artists that have gone triple platinum and are living a lavish lifestyle. They are thankful that they are able to live this lifestyle.
“Maybach Music V” is the fifth installment in Ross’ Maybach Music Series. Past versions have featured artists such as Jay_Z, Kanye West, Erykah Badu, Lil Wayne, and Ne-Yo. Dej Loaf and and Katt Rockell are featured on this installment. Ross doesn’t appear in the song until over two minutes into the song.
Yo Gotti appears on the album for the second time on the album’s closer “Summer Seventeen.” Ross wants his entire crew to be rich by summer 2017.
Rick Ross is undoubtedly one of the most slept on rappers of our generation although he has an extensive collection of music. He has mostly laid low since the release of his last album Black Market in 2015. Those who have followed his musical journey will be pleased with his latest album Rather You Than Me because it seems as though the rapper keeps getting better over time.
Recommended Tracks: “Idols Become Rivals,” “Game Ain’t Based on Sympathy,” “Powers That Be,” “Lamborghini Doors,” “Maybach Music V”