Deeper Than Rap

Deeper Than Rap

by Rick Ross
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Deeper Than Rap

Everything is big with Rick Ross. Triumphs, blunders, singles, videos, and everything else he does is huge, but having the audacity to call his third effort Deeper Than Rap is extra risky, especially since it's his first effort since being "exposed" as a former corrections officer. That's poison in the gangsta rap game, and while there's little here to sway the haters -- and certainly nothing "deep" -- the rapper's ability to steamroll over all of his shortcomings, along with all of our preconceived notions, is simply remarkable. In a sure trilogy of albums, Deeper Than Rap is the surest, kicking off with a decent 50 Cent diss and closing with a "Run with me or run from me" ultimatum that's gutsy enough to feature harps and castanets. While that's enough fuel for the haters to burn the whole place down, anyone willing to ignore Ross' iffy relationship with street cred and his incredibly narrow subject matter (money, women, victory) will find Deeper is the superstar, gangster weekend album done right. Boss of them all is the grand "Maybach Music" with T-Pain, Kanye West, and Lil Wayne all in top form. Same goes for the cut's production team, the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, who are also in charge of the slippery and swaggering "Magnificent" with John Legend, plus the Caribbean-flavored highlight "Yacht Club." "Face," with Trina, is the street cut of note, and "Usual Suspects" places in the album's top five, although Nas' loyal fanbase will find his contribution rather ordinary. Redundancy is an unsurprising and ignorable issue thanks to all the hooks and slick beats, including a batch from the returning Runners. Even if this isn't much "Deeper" than the average Three 6 Mafia album, the glitz and guts of Deeper are a big step up, making Ross sound like a Miami-fied version of Young Jeezy.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/21/2009
Label: Def Jam
UPC: 0602527009254
catalogNumber: 001277202
Rank: 43757

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rick Ross   Primary Artist
Foxy Brown   Vocals
Nas   Guest Appearance
Kanye West   Guest Appearance
Lil Wayne   Guest Appearance
Jay Jones   Bass
David Karmiol   Guitar,Talk Box
Rashawn Ross   Trumpet
John Legend   Guest Appearance
K.C.   Vocals
J.D. Anderson   Drums
The-Dream   Guest Appearance
Lasim Richards   Trombone
David L. Anderson   Keyboards
Latonya Givens   Vocals
Kevin Cossom   Background Vocals
Magazeen   Vocals
Monarch   Synthesizer
Mayne   Vocals
Dave Karmeol   Guitar,Talk Box

Technical Credits

Angela Bofill   Composer
Barry White   Composer
Dexter Wansel   Composer
DJ Toomp   Audio Production
Willie Hutch   Composer
Johnny Pate   Composer
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Deborah Mannis-Gardner   Sample Clearance
Anthony Gallo   Engineer
Kanye West   Composer
Kevin Cates   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
D.K. Baker   Composer
Justice League   Producer,Audio Production
Kris Yiengst   Photo Coordination
Drumma Boy   Audio Production
Ted Lucas   Executive Producer
Shakir Stewart   Executive Producer
Rick Ross   Executive Producer
Adam Beyrer   Engineer
Ben Diehl   Engineer
Derrick Selby   Engineer
Kali Khaled   Executive Producer
Bigg D   Audio Production
TaVon Sampson   Art Direction
Runners   Producer,Audio Production
Marcus Coleman   Composer,Programming
Jeff "Supa Jeff" Villanueva   Engineer
Latonya Givens   Composer
Kevin Cossom   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Johnny Mollings   Composer
Monarch   Producer,Audio Production
Elionel Ortiz   Composer
Inkredibles   Audio Production
Dwayne Carter   Composer
Michael Walden   Composer
Henry "Hollywood Henry" Cedeno   Marketing
Christopher Gholson   Composer
Terius Nash   Composer
Jeffrey Cohen   Composer
Fahim Najm   Composer

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