Album Review: Rather You Than Me
Ross comes back with his new full length LP Rather You Than Me, a little more than 2 years after his Black Market effort. And to my pleasant surprise he is staying in that same lane. Hood Billionaire, which dropped prior, was a horrible album that seemed to be rushed and Ross who normally picks beats like Jesus picks his disciples missed the mark. Even the Hov feature was forgettable and I’m used to them knocking it out the park.
Like I said Renzel’s ear for beats are the key on this project. Lyrically locked in and attacking topics from what’s going on in our nation and with our people to conversations he’s had with his label underboss Meek Mil about not trusting his ex.
But unless you have been under a rock (no pun intended as track 3 opens with a scathing monologue by comedy legend Chris Rock) you might have heard Ross’ message to Cash Money’s own Birdman. Over the same sample that Jay Z & Beanie Sigel once asked their father’s where have they been (coincidence?) Idols Become Rivals, Ross goes to bat for those whom he has seen Baby do wrong. Coming to the defense of Lil’ Wayne and other former Cash Money soldiers his words are seething. Ross even discusses how Khaled was done dirty. How could you shit on Khaled? He’s literally the most positive person in the spotlight right now; arguably the crown jewel of the album because of its vulnerability. Ross also speaks about what it’s like being black in 2017. The third verse of Santorini Greece is nothing but real talk and at one point Renzel let’s us know he believes that Jesse Jackson is nothing but a puppet for the man.
Don’t be confused though. This isn’t some conscious turn for the Miami native. With songs like She on My Dick & I Think She Like Me, he spits lines that are pure opulent ignorance like “Ricky Ronaldo, really when I’m in Portugal. I pull a yacht out this weekend, I’m fucking so and so…” On the same song he reminds the rap game that only Diddy and Jigga are in his playground over a smooth Stylistics flip of the classic record People Make The World Go Round and Ty Dolla $ign hook.
Overall the album is solid and has plenty of replay value. Wale’s guest verse on Trap, Trap, Trap is one of the LP’s finest moments and there’s a perfect balance of what his fans have come to love with enough new substance to keep you wanting to hear what he may have to say next.
If Rather You Than Me is a sign of things to come musically from the Boss himself then we are here for it.