2007 has been a miserable year for hip hop. Kanyeâ€™s new one is good, but itâ€™s not great, and no matter how many people call me names and get in my face, I just canâ€™t get behind â€œCurtisâ€ in any way. Itâ€™s boring and ordinary, and heâ€™s done it before and much better. So far, only Blue Scholars and Brother Ali dropped anything approaching a classic. Maybe thatâ€™s why the â€œnewâ€ Rick Ross CD, â€œRise to Power,â€ is getting a post: Itâ€™s not new.
Suave House Records has packaged early Rick Ross, before he got a major label deal. This album is full of Rickâ€™s crunky, raw, Miami street rhymes back in the days he worked with Tony Draper. Rick falls prey to the biggest problem in hip hop: Too many guests, with appearances Scarface, Clipse, Devin Tha Dude, Big Duke of Boyz N The Hood, and many others. Some of these guys do show him up (in particular Pusha T and Scarface), but he largely holds his own â€“ young Rick had a hard and fresh voice, and itâ€™s obvious why he got his record deal.
Kinda like listening to Fiddyâ€™s â€œPower of the Dollarâ€ mixtape . . .