Rick Ross - Ashes To Ashes (Maybach Music, 2010)
Officer Ricky strikes once again with the official follow-up to Teflon Don. I’m downloading this as we speak, so I have the right to reserve my opinon for now; I’m expecting something dope, either way. This is Rawse’s third project to drop this year, and like him or not, you can’t fault his grind. Also, 9 Piece is a banger, in spite of (or perhaps in contribution of) how much it sounds like BMF. I don’t know how I feel about Barry White or Aaliyah being featured on two seperate tracks here. Aaliyah’s already been used as a “feature” once this year, and let’s not forget Curtis Mayfield’s controversial inclusion on The Joy. I’m sure they’re smooth, regardless.
…stop fucking freestyling over BMF and Hard In The Paint.
Especially if you’re lyrically lyrical. Lex’s beats just aren’t for you; you sound so awkward trying to ride a beat this humongous. I’m looking at you, Joell and Crooked; don’t even get me started on Lupe’s backpack rendition of BMF.
Or, if you’re Slim Thug, Curren$y, Yo Gotti, French Montana, or any other blog-famous street rapper, stop: please. I love ya’ll, but stop; you’re all just ripping off Waka and Ross’ flows on those tracks, respectively. I don’t need to hear the Memphis or New York rendition of Officer Ricky’s hit, nor do I want to hear them. Just let the originals live and let die.
I can’t believe people are still rapping over these beats in November, and the quality of the rappers freestyling over these beats is only slumping further (Tyga? Rock City?). Both of these songs got popular over the summer, but Ross’ song came out in the Spring and Waka’s came out well over a year ago. The fact that I’m still listening to Hard In The Paint to this day (despite the fact I’ve heard a good 400-500 times since SMOSM2) is a testament to how timeless that song is; I don’t fuck with any of these goddamn freestyles anymore though, simply because you guys can’t top Waka on this type of instrumental.
If you want to rap over a Lex Luger beat, buy one. Ya fucking lowlifes.