Hood Billionaire [Deluxe Version]

Hood Billionaire [Deluxe Version]

by Rick Ross

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With the November release of Hood Billionaire, platinum rapper Rick Ross had put up two albums in 2014, having already dropped the superior effort Mastermind in March. This album's lumbering and epic single, "Elvis Presley Blvd." with Project Pat, also leaked in the summer, making the whole year feel like a Maybach Music festival, where cocaine and caviar were in endless supply. Whether or not this justifies the padding and shagginess found on Hood Billionaire all depends on the listener's hunger for Ross and his slick brand of thug music, and yet the album is quite self-aware, putting a two-minute intro up front to act as hater repellent. Then, there's a taped, jailhouse phone call from Miami dealer Kenneth "Boobie" Williams woven throughout the LP, a hood endorsement that fans will relish as it makes the Ross mythology all the more real, but the real wins here are all the long, stretched-out "Elvis Presley Blvd."-styled bangers and the new creative opportunities they allow. On the hallucinatory, heavy, and haunting "Quintessential," special guest Snoop Dogg sounds truly renewed, and that's even considering his recent reggae rebirth, while "Brimstone," with Big K.R.I.T., is an excellent and organic funkster somewhere in the vicinity of George Clinton's Parliament or Raphael Saadiq. When it comes to the tried and true, "Keep Doin' That (Rich Bitch)" with R. Kelly is inspired by a woman who appreciates both backdoor action and smart real estate buys, as if Caligula and the condo life were longtime friends, then producer Timbaland joins the show with "Movin' Bass," a kinetic highlight in the spirit of "Tom Ford," which also features that track's maker, Jay-Z. Still, being 16 tracks long and Ross' second album of the year means mixtape gimmicks like "Heavyweight" ("I step into the ring/Ding! Ding!") get to graduate to an official track list and muddle up the flow. They only keep the often surprising Hood Billionaire off the top shelf of Ross releases, so bring some patience as this mixed bag is certainly worth sorting.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/24/2014
Label: Def Jam
UPC: 0602547089762
catalogNumber: 002226702
Rank: 64473

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rick Ross   Primary Artist,Vocals
Kenneth Williams   Vocals
Aldrin Davis   Background Vocals
Mike Hartnett   Guitar
Andre Brissett   Keyboards
Eldwardo "Eddie Mix" Hernandez   Background Vocals
Whole Slab   Vocals
Sam Sneak   Vocals
Deshaunte Delancey   Spoken Word

Technical Credits

Baxter   Composer
Donny Hathaway   Composer
Bob Florence   Composer
Dave Pell   Composer
Kenneth Williams   Composer
R. Kelly   Composer
Annette Brissett   Composer
Capps   Composer
DJ Toomp   Producer,Instrumentation
Bobby Eli   Composer
Tommy "Snuff" Garrett   Composer
Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon   Composer,Producer
Leon Ware   Composer
Timbaland   Producer
John Rivers   Engineer
Chris Godbey   Composer,Engineer
Deborah Mannis-Gardner   Sample Clearance
Arthur Ross   Composer
Calvin Broadus   Composer
Shawn Carter   Composer
Aldrin Davis   Composer
Abel Garibaldi   Vocal Engineer
Tim Mosley   Composer
Mike Hartnett   Composer
Ian Mereness   Vocal Engineer
Andre Brissett   Producer
Eldwardo "Eddie Mix" Hernandez   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Producer
Tai Linzie   Photo Coordination
Rick Ross   Executive Producer
Big K.R.I.T.   Producer,Engineer
Ben Diehl   Composer,Engineer
Derrick Selby   Engineer
TaVon Sampson   Art Direction
DaHonorable C.N.O.T.E.   Producer
Ramon Rivas   Vocal Engineer
Tyrone Griffin   Composer
W. Roberts   Composer
Patrick Houston   Composer
Mario Mims   Composer
Bianca Atterberry   Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Shamann Cooke   Composer
Lex Luger   Producer
Alex "Gucci Pucci" Bethune   Executive Producer
Torrence Hatch   Composer
Carlton Mays   Composer
Andy Proctor   Package Production
Terius Nash   Composer
Justin Scott   Composer
Carl McCormick   Composer
Beat Billionaire   Producer
V12 the Hitman   Producer
Cardiak   Producer
Jeffrey Prusan   Composer
Mack Loggins   Composer
Lexus Lewis   Composer
Ben Billions   Producer
Metro Boomin   Producer
Leland Wayne   Composer
Jonathan Solone-Myvett   Composer
Deonte Cortez Hayes Pka Bag$   Producer
Deedotwill   Producer
Critacal   Producer
Calvin Price   Composer
Deonte Hayes   Composer
Tracy Tyler   Composer,Producer

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