In Defense of Rick Ross
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It's hard being the Bawse. Just ask Rick Ross.
Miami's most famous rapper is no stranger to controversy. Between his 18-month stint as a correctional officer at the South Florida Reception Center and those "U.O.E.N.O." lyrics about a molly sex assault, it's pretty easy to throw hate in Ross' direction.
The original "Freeway" Rick Ross, a reformed drug trafficker, had beef with the rapper for stealing his name. 50 Cent made several diss tracks about Officer Ricky. There was even some rapper named Teflon Don who tried to sue Ross over his album of the same name.
It seems Ricky can't catch a break.
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We understand why Miami's relationship with Rick Ross might be a little tricky. We've got a bit of a love/hate thing going on. But we also understand Miami has to look out for its own.
And if there's one thing you can't take away from Ross, it's the 305.
Rick Ross' debut album was called Port of Miami. He filmed the music video for his first single, "Hustlin'," in Overtown. Pitbull and Trick Daddy both made cameos. This guy reps his city.
And do you remember when "Hustlin'" dropped back in 2006? Don't try and act like everyone you know wasn't going around rapping, "Who the fuck you think you're fucking with? I'm the fucking boss."
Or what about when "B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)" came out in 2010. It was everywhere. You couldn't leave your house without hearing, "I think I'm Big Meech! Larry Hoover!"
And don't get us started on "The Devil Is A Lie," which was released less than a year ago. "Two mil on that I-95." The song may be one of Ross' finest yet. Throw in a nasty verse from Jay Z and you've got yourself a classic.
What we mean is, if nothing else, the dude is consistent. Practically every album he's released packed a couple hit singles. And the quality of songs he's been producing since he got in the game has been steady. In fact, we would even argue that he's improved quite a bit from when he first started.
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