Chris Brown feat. Usher and Rick Ross – “New Flame” Aug14

Chris Brown feat. Usher and Rick Ross – “New Flame”...

First things first about Chris Brown’s latest single, “New Flame,” doesn’t this sound similar to Mario’s “Break Up” but without the jarring Bangladesh-produced drums (and shitty marble-mouth raps from Gucci Mane and worthless verse from the songwriter). I mean Mario’s single was very hot back in 2009, but Chris Brown has constructed a very polished pop-R&B track with his king predecessor, Usher, and a very adept rapper, Rick Ross. And as usual, Chris is the only R&B singer bringing challenging choreography to the video dance game. “New Flame” will be on Chris Brown’s oft-delayed album called “X”. Not to be confused with Ed Sheeran’s album “X” which you’re supposed to say “multiply” because he’s clever. I guess....

Jeezy feat. The Game and Rick Ross – “Beautiful” Aug14

Jeezy feat. The Game and Rick Ross – “Beautiful”...

Photo by Prince Williams – ATLpics.net From the moment the track starts, the falsetto melody haunted me, not because of its tones, but because I could not place the sample. It was a foreign group, I believed, but maybe Galt MacDermott instead. I couldn’t stop thinking about the voice. Rather than searching through my sample archive, I hope to find another artist who sampled the same track. I started with Dilla, but that was not right. Maybe MF Doom…I combed through all his Special Herbs. What a gold mine but no dice. It felt like something Curren$y would use, but I couldn’t find it there. I should’ve looked harder. Eventually I cheated and let the Internet eventually tell me. C-Section posts were growing on Soundcloud. I knew younger ears would tie it together. And there it is: Cortex – “Chanson D’un Jour D’hiver” I can finally focus on the meat of the song. Jeezy, (The) Game, and Rick Ross are actually almost engaged in a 3-man weave. So many times an artist will have a song with two features, and the customers receive a track comprised of verse-hook-verse-hook-verse. Since all 3 men have a smooth, conversational flow, riding over the French jazz sample is a natural fit. Actually anyone with a nice flow can spit over a Cortex-driven and sound good. Because the more I listen to “Beautiful,” the more zoned I get into Black Metaphor’s drums riding underneath the soprano(?) vocals. Anyways #SeenItAll coming soon. “Beautiful” is out now. (2dopeboyz) To learn about Cortex’s influence on current rap...

DJ Khaled feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, and French Montana – “They Don’t Love You No More” [tags] Apr29

DJ Khaled feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, and French Montana – “They Don’t Love You No More” [tags]...

I keep listening DJ Khaled’s newest posse cut looking for redeeming qualities. Meek Mill comes out of the gate with ferocity. Rick Ross delivers a nice bridge verse well within his range. French Montana is once again relegated to hook-singing and hype-manning. DJ Khaled talks at the end of the record to qualify for royalty checks. And Jay Z somehow finds himself in the studio ready for battle. I mean that was Jiggaman’s goal when he compared some “soft” unnamed rapper to a lacrosse team. Or maybe he had so much to say, you can excuse Jay for flying way off beat on the opening bars of his verse. It doesn’t matter. Mike Zombie delivers a lazy production job taking the “Started From The Bottom” beat, substituting church bells for keyboard lullaby, and adding strategic gunshots. Keep riding that horse into the ground. Overall, this DJ Khaled track is sloppy as fuck. You can’t dance to it. It doesn’t feel like elevating jeep music. It’s just another rap dirge put upon listeners to reinforce our hate against haters....

Big K.R.I.T. feat. Rick Ross – “New Agenda” Mar03

Big K.R.I.T. feat. Rick Ross – “New Agenda”...

Big K.R.I.T. delivers the first track for his Week of K.R.I.T. and it is a heater. #WEEKOFKRIT pic.twitter.com/AzqYecK3FG — Big K.R.I.T. (@BIGKRIT) March 3,...

Rick Ross – “Supreme” (prod. by Scott Storch) Feb28

Rick Ross – “Supreme” (prod. by Scott Storch)...

Rick Ross has the best marketing in his videos. Rick Ross has a legendary sense of finding the right production for his lavish vocals. Rick Ross was exposed as a prison guard in his past career and kept it moving because that shit ain’t relevant. If this is the music game, Rozay has kept it about the music 100%. Case in point is this track produced by the resurrection of Scott Storch. The Tuff Jew stayed off the llello long enough to compose a trumpet-infused framework to rival any J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League track....

Rick Ross feat. Kanye West and Big Sean – “Sanctified” (prod. by DJ Mustard) Feb26

Rick Ross feat. Kanye West and Big Sean – “Sanctified” (prod. by DJ Mustard)...

The stream is live and in full effect for Rick Ross’s latest album, Mastermind. Features Kanye and Sean, Mustard on the beat. Crazy gospel sample which I haven’t identified yet. Cop the album, Mastermind, on March 4th....

Rick Ross feat. Diddy and French Montana – “Nobody” Feb19

Rick Ross feat. Diddy and French Montana – “Nobody”...

Rozay leaks another street single from his Mastermind LP. He smartly relegates Shock G 2.0 to hook duty and Mr. Combs to recorded motivation speech duty. Nice track. Officer Ricky sounds more like Biggie than...

Rick Ross – “Oyster Perpetual” (freestyle) Feb05

Rick Ross – “Oyster Perpetual” (freestyle)...

Ricky Rozay gives us a preview of his Mastermind LP. March 4th. Ciroc lifestyle. That soul sample is luxury. (Direct...

Rick Ross feat. Jay Z – “The Devil Is A Lie” Jan24

Rick Ross feat. Jay Z – “The Devil Is A Lie”...

Rozay has a preternatural knack for choosing luxurious beats to pair with his baritone drawl. The combination is cake, not some shit Duncan Hines butter yellow cake mix, but multi-layered and decadent like the life he portrays in his raps. But when he is paired with Jay Z (no hyphen), Rick steps up his lyrically. There’s more gusto. More wordplay. And the concepts are higher. While I still prefer “Free Mason” as their best pairing, “The Devil Is A Lie” is great precursor to the Mastermind LP. Enjoy this unofficial fan-made video, as if the Illuminati conspiracy idiots didn’t have enough to work with before...