Rick Ross is one of the greatest rappers in history and has set an example for many others. With 9 studio albums and 7 mixtapes under his belt, Ross’ career as a leader in hip-hop continues to flourish.
From his debut album Port of Miami to the latest release Port of Miami 2, Rick Ross has created some iconic rap songs that continue to define his career and still resonate today. Here are some of his most popular tracks that have defined him professionally and remain timeless classics.
Deeper Than Rap
Deeper Than Rap is the album that catapulted Rick Ross to superstardom as an emerging rapper. It marked the launch of his Maybach Music label and set the stage for many influential MCs to come into prominence over the following decade, such as Meek Mill and Wale.
This album set the bar for luxurious production and set an industry standard. Legendary producers such as DJ Toomp, The Inkredibles and Drumma Boy created timeless hits on this record that would remain timeless classics.
At a time when hip-hop was all about the hype, Rick Ross stood out with his sleek production and ability to mix it up on the mic. With such an infectious hook, it’s no wonder why he became one of the most popular MCs in the game.
Rick Ross’ career has seen its share of successes and setbacks. Despite facing some of the toughest legal issues in music, the Miami rap star remains one of the industry’s best at what he does.
His third studio album was an instant success, yielding two top 10 singles and selling over 176,000 copies in its first week. It marked the first album featuring a song from Rick Ross’ current persona, The Boss. One of the standout tracks on this slickly produced record is “Super High,” which samples the “Scarface” movie theme with Rick Ross’ signature husky voice. Fans of the genre must-have this track which has made multiple appearances on our playlists.
Teflon Don is a song recorded by Rick Ross that was released in 2010 and marked an important turning point in his career.
Ross is an acclaimed rapper known by his stage name “the mafia,” in the Miami hip-hop scene since 2010. His languid lyricism and commanding presence set him apart from other MCs.
He boasts a prolific record of hits and several critically acclaimed albums to his credit. His music displays an uncanny consistency uncommon amongst MCs who chase trends without success.
The track was inspired by NPR reporter Mike Shuster’s story about New York crime boss John Gotti, whom he affectionately known as “Teflon Don.” John Gotti had been accused of numerous organized crime activities but no charges could be laid against him despite witness intimidation and jury tampering.
After several high-profile acquittals, Gotti was ultimately found guilty on multiple counts of murder, racketeering and other crimes. He was sentenced to life in prison.
At trial, Shuster was granted access to an FBI wiretap of Gotti uttering “Teflon Don,” in which he threatened one of his associates. This tape was so profane that FBI officials feared it might influence the outcome of the trial.
Shuster was confused by this, wondering if “Teflon Don” was even appropriate for him; after all, what other gangster had ever been given that nickname?
In the end, it was determined that this name was appropriate. Ironically, its roots can be traced back to when John Gotti was head of the Gambino Mafia family in NYC.
As the Gambino family was falling apart, Gotti took control and became its boss. When he killed his predecessor, he earned himself the nickname “Teflon Don” by the FBI for his ability to avoid criminal prosecution despite evidence of guilt. This nickname is now often used in reference to Donald J. Trump who has also had some legal troubles over time.
God Forgives I Don’t
God Forgives I Don’t is one of Rick Ross’ most successful rap albums to date and it offers an enjoyable and energetic record that will have everyone dancing for hours – no matter their musical preference. The title track stands out among others while “Seaside Drive” and “Fast n Furious” will satisfy car enthusiasts to no end. With stellar production values, Ross goes above and beyond with this set of tracks that will have you singing along from start to finish.
Over the course of his illustrious career, Miami rapper Rick Ross has shown off his formidable confidence. Although he’s made numerous high-profile music videos recently, it is his albums which have garnered the most recognition. On this occasion, Ross outdoes himself by crafting an album that will go down in hip-hop history as one of the greats.
One year after his Ashes to Ashes mixtape topped the charts and launched Maybach Music Group into stardom, Rick Ross has followed that up with Rich Forever. Both the title track and “Fuck da City Up” feature members of his Maybach family: Wale, Diddy, Kelly Rowland, and Nas.
Ross is at his most basic, yet also unoriginal here. Although the title implies an album is imminent, this serves more as a precursor for God Forgives, I Don’t than anything else. If you can overlook the lack of creative or captivating music here, Rich Forever could still be worth listening to.
Rich Forever’s first half is a fiery trap banger, and while it may not resonate as powerfully as “B.M.” did back in 2010, these tunes still manage to get the job done. With their heavy bass lines and energetic drumbeats, these songs feel more like soundtrack music than rappers’ gruff street raps.
On occasion, Ross’ voice and production sound more like what you might find on his Albert Anastasia EP or Teflon Don albums — an era when he created an air of power over stuttered Timbaland hiccups or James Brown loops. This is not meant as a criticism; rather, it’s something that not all his listeners appreciate.
Ross’ vocals offer a refreshing change from this lane of rap that is often filled with repetitive beats and irritating choruses. He’s an accomplished rapper, and this is some of his best work in years.
What could have been a breakthrough hit is overshadowed by Ross’ tendency to boast about his connections to high-profile gangsters. He makes numerous references to people who may be breaking the law in this song, yet none of them are particularly credible. Additionally, Ross employs many gimmicks that don’t really add anything meaningful to the topic at hand.
Throughout the first half, Ross often talks about how paying $200 for a head is the best thing you can do for yourself. While this sentiment is common within horror films, it doesn’t quite ring true here.