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Rap music is too vast and overwhelming a thing for any one song to encapsulate all the multitudes it contains. But if I had to pick one song that best encapsulates what circa-now rap music can be, that song would probably be “Dreams And Nightmares (Intro),” the breathless track that opened Meek Mill’s 2012 album… More »

For decades, Houston has been its own rap planet. There are Houston rappers who have legend status outside their city, like Scarface or UGK, the latter of whom actually come from the not-that-nearby town of Port Arthur. But Houston also has local legends with barely any profile in the rest of the world. Z-Ro and… More »

The classic sound of New York rap, the late-’80s/early-’90s style that we most often associate with the city, is based entirely around the drums, and on the way tough and haggard and stressed-out voices interact with those drums. DJ Premier is a legend not because he was an innovator — he wasn’t, not really –… More »

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Pusha T – “Millions” Video (Feat. Rick Ross)

Clipse rapper Pusha T recruited Rick Ross for “Millions,” the lead single from his Wrath Of Caine mixtape, and now both guys are here to rap animatedly in the song’s video. You’ll never believe this, but the clip is full of drug-dealer iconography: Guns, expensive cars, beautiful but duplicitous girls, police raids. You can tell… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 11, 2013 - 4:01 pm

Pusha T – “Millions” (Feat. Rick Ross)

Clipse rapper and resident G.O.O.D. Music hardass Pusha T is getting ready to release his new Wrath Of Caine mixtape, and the first song we’ve heard from it is “Millions,” a dark and heavy banger with a hard-trudging beat from Southside and Rico Beats. Pusha remains solid and durable as ever, but big-name guest Rick… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 11, 2013 - 10:29 am

DJ Khaled – “I Did It For My Dawgs” (Feat. Rick Ross, Meek Mill, French Montana, Ace Hood & Jadakiss) Video

DJ Khaled might not have too many talents in this world, but he’s better than just about anyone else at lining up hard-as-fuck rappers for overblown, triumphal posse cuts like this one. Songs like this have gotten a bit more exciting since Meek Mill’s rise to fame, and videos like this have gotten a bit… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 5, 2012 - 9:13 am

Rick Ross – “100 Black Coffins”

I don’t generally write about my freelancing side-hustles on Stereogum, but this one sort of fits. Weirdest experience my entire 2012 came a couple of months ago, when Men’s Health flew me up to Montreal to talk to Jamie Foxx, who turned out to be seriously personable and charismatic in conversation. He was feeding me… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 30, 2012 - 12:48 pm

Meek Mill – “Lay Up Remix” (Feat. Rick Ross, Jay-Z & Trey Songz)

Last month, Philly rap energy-bomb released his very good album Dreams & Nightmares. Before the album dropped, Meek had mentioned that Jay-Z had contributed a verse. But Jay, possibly unhappy with his own work, ended up not appearing on the album, though he did record a verse — and a pretty good one! — for… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 27, 2012 - 11:04 am

French Montana – “Marble Floors” (Feat. Rick Ross, Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)

Earlier this year, French Montana scored a pretty big summer jam by rounding up half of rap’s A-list for the horny posse cut “Pop That.” And now he’s once again rounded everyone up — with 2 Chainz ably filling in for Drake — with the low-key but catchy Mike Will-produced creeper “Marble Floors.” Hear it… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 26, 2012 - 12:19 pm

Rick Ross – “Hold Me Back Remix” (Feat. Gunplay, Yo Gotti, French Montana & Lil Wayne)

I don’t know why this had to be an election-night thing, but Rick Ross decided to, I don’t know, celebrate I guess, by releasing a remix of his face-stomping anthem “Hold Me Back” that co-stars the all-star face-stomping team of Gunplay, Yo Gotti, French Montana, and Lil Wayne. It sounds like using your head to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 7, 2012 - 12:29 pm

Rick Ross – “Diced Pineapples” (Feat. Drake & Wale) Video

In between the “Pop That” video and Lonely Island’s “I’m On A Boat” comes Rozay’s new clip for God Forgives I Don’t cut “Diced Pineapples.” Director X directs. Watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 10, 2012 - 12:35 pm

Download Rick Ross The Black Bar Mitzvah Mixtape

Rick Ross surprised everyone by announcing he’d be putting out a new mixtape — his second this year, the first being the excellent Mixtape Of The Week honoree Rich Forever — but none of us were quite prepared for the title/tape cover combo that Black Bar Mitzvah boasts. Scanning the track list reveals features from… More »

By: Corban Goble / October 8, 2012 - 11:02 pm

Rick Ross – “Bury Me A G” (Feat. T.I.) Video

Here’s Rozay’s latest clip for Self Made Vol. 2 cut “Bury Me A G,” an understated affair where Ricky and T.I. hold down a stoop while a funeral commences. DRE Films takes the helm here. Watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 3, 2012 - 2:10 pm

Rick Ross – “Touch’n You (Balam Acab Edit)” (Feat. Usher)

For reasons only known to young laptop murk-designer Balam Acab, the young man has just remixed “Touch’n You,” a Rick Ross/Usher collaboration from the former’s God Forgives, I Don’t album. Balam Acab’s virtually unrecognizable six-minute version of the song sounds like a lost Man-Thing trudging through a swamp while the guy from Salem howls with… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 2, 2012 - 5:31 pm

Nicki Minaj – “I Am Your Leader” (Feat. Rick Ross & Cam’ron) Video

Here’s Nicki’s new visual for Roman Reloaded highlight “I Am Your Leader,” wherein Nicki, Rick Ross and Cam’ron hold down a neon-green-and-pinked-out version of a Looney Tunes setting. Cam’ron’s wearing a shirt that changes colors, possibly depending on Cam’s mood. Just a guess. Watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / August 24, 2012 - 1:12 pm

DJ Khaled & Kanye West – “I Wish You Would”/”Cold” Video (Feat. Rick Ross & Kim Kardashian)

Hear’s the visually impressive combo clip for “I Wish You Would” & “Cold,” a six-minute long Hype Williams construction featuring West, Khaled and Rozay holding down an underground tunnel. Real talk, though — is it better than the fan video with the kid rapping, a la Danny Brown’s “Grown Up“/Biggie’s “Sky Is The Limit“? Watch… More »

By: Corban Goble / August 14, 2012 - 8:36 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

A dark week for music videos! For whatever reason, this is the week that everyone’s decided to perfect their death-stares and document their shit-smashing capabilities. That applies, in one way or another, to four of the five videos this week, as well as the Norah Jones and Liars videos that just missed this countdown, a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 3, 2012 - 3:18 pm

Rick Ross – “911” Video

Earlier this week, Rick Ross released his tough and immediate “Hold Me Back” video, probably the best video of his career. (He doesn’t have that many great videos, weirdly.) He’s now followed it up with another video for one of the the more feral stomps from his absurdly opulent new album God Forgives, I Don’t,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 2, 2012 - 5:26 pm

Rick Ross – “Hold Me Back” Video

Here’s the video for Rick Ross’s “Hold Me Back,” a black-and-white visual shot in New Orleans’ Calliope Housing Projects and clip that, allegedly, was banned by BET. It’s sort of intense, but outside of that, I’m not sure why that might be. On a lighter note, it also features Rozay wearing a hat, which I… More »

By: Corban Goble / July 30, 2012 - 10:10 am

Watch Rick Ross On Kimmel, Chelsea Lately

It’s God Forgives I Don’t week — read our Premature Evaluation — and Rozay is making the rounds. Last night, he performed “Touch’N You” and “So Sophisticated” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and also sat in on Chelsea Lately to talk about sex and smoking weed. Watch it all below. More »

By: Corban Goble / July 27, 2012 - 2:54 pm

Premature Evaluation: Rick Ross God Forgives, I Don’t

When “Rich Forever,” the title track from Rick Ross’s great early-2012 mixtape, shows up as a bonus track on his new God Forgives, I Don’t, one line immediately jumps out: “Your shit pushed back cuz it ain’t buzzin’.” Ross has never shied away from pot/kettle/black moments, and the world has gotten used to hearing a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 27, 2012 - 1:50 pm

Rick Ross – “Diced Pineapples” (Feat. Wale & Drake) & “911”

Here’s two more from the imminent God Forgives I Don’t, the lavish “Diced Pineapples” and the more hard-hitting “911,” a track that would have fit in quite well on Teflon Don. While there’s not a Drake verse on “Diced Pineapples” — he’s in singing mode for this one — Wale reads a lengthy poem at… More »

By: Corban Goble / July 26, 2012 - 4:15 pm

Rick Ross – “3 Kings” (Feat. Dr. Dre & Jay-Z)

Earlier tonight, Rick Ross dropped the latest single from God Forgives, I Don’t — a release from which we’ve already heard “Hold Me Back“, “So Sophisticated” and “Touch’N You” — the Dre/Jay-featuring “3 Kings.” It’s arguably the most anticipated cut of the release; it’s either that or “Diced Pineapples,” which I don’t know anything about,… More »

By: Corban Goble / July 19, 2012 - 8:16 pm