Rather You Than Me

Rather You Than Me

by Rick RossRick Ross


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A change of labels and an almost entirely different set of producers aside, Rather You Than Me is business as usual for Rick Ross. Armed with a streak of eight Top Ten full-lengths, the rapper moves from Def Jam to Epic for album number nine, backed by a mix of old and new beatmaking associates -- and more featured guests than tracks -- with only a handful of Black Market holdovers on one cut each. Just after the release of Black Market, Ross broke a lengthy crossover-hit dry spell with "Purple Lamborghini," his and Skrillex's unlikely if predictably blaring soundclash for the Suicide Squad soundtrack, but this largely picks up where Ross' full-length discography left off. Trap productions switch between sleek and low profile to blaring and riotous, tempered with a batch of comparatively elegant, soul-dipped tracks, highlighted by a trio handled by old ally Bink and a C Gutta (aka Lil' C) flip of the Stylistics' "People Make the World Go Round." Ross' vainglorious pronouncements are broken up by reflective, sometimes pro-black moments with slightly greater frequency. Some conflicts are resolved while others intensify, as on "Idols Become Rivals," where Ross gets Chris Rock, the comedian he once vengefully called a cornball, to effusively introduce a ruthless diss track directed at Birdman. Just as noticeably, on the Raphael Saadiq-assisted opener "Apple of My Eye," Ross softens a stance that previously placed him in the far-right radar: "I'm happy Donald Trump became president, because we gotta destroy before we elevate." For some listeners, this album is just as likely to be known as the one on which Ross compares himself to assassinated Black Panther leader Fred Hampton (one verse away from "Fuckin' centerfolds like I still be dealin' dope"). Ross' mixtures of outrageous fantasy and sobering reality, side-splitting humor, and piercing vengeance, are intermittently as potent as ever.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/17/2017
Label: Epic
UPC: 0889854068622
catalogNumber: 540686

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rick Ross   Primary Artist
Carlos Munoz   Guitar
Raphael Saadiq   Bass
Dria   Vocals
Max Breton   Guitar
Kat Rockwell   Vocals

Technical Credits

Dan Garcia   Composer
Raphael Saadiq   Composer
Rafael Perez Botija   Composer
Carlos Thornton   Composer
Roosevelt Harrell   Composer
Robert Williams   Composer
Jesse James   Composer
John Parker   Composer
Rick Ross   Executive Producer
Mark "Exit" Goodchild   Engineer
Thomas Bennett "Tom Cat"   Engineer
Clemm Rishad   Composer
Justin Cox   Composer
Katrina Russ   Composer
Olubowale Akintimehin   Composer
Jay Jenkins   Composer
Tyrone Griffin   Composer
Linda Epstein   Composer
Radric Davis   Composer
Nicholas Warwar   Composer
Streetrunner   Producer
Thomas Randolph Bell   Composer
Chad Thomas   Composer
William Roberts   Composer
Mario Mims   Composer
Olivia Smith   Art Direction
Nasir Jones   Composer
Beat Butcha   Producer
Shamann Cooke   Composer
David Stokes   Composer
Zach Steele   Vocal Engineer
Grandz Muzik   Producer
Darwin C. Quinn   Composer
Beat Billionaire   Producer
Demario Thornton   Composer
Brian Wicker   Composer
Nayvadius Wilburn   Composer
Byron Forest   Composer
Buda Da Future   Producer
Jeffrey Baranowski   Composer
Eliot Dubock   Composer
Deja Trimble   Composer
Tarik Azzouz   Composer,Producer
Francis Ubiera   Composer
Jeffery Williams   Composer
Yung Coke   Producer
Chad Nine   Producer
Judy Bailey   Composer
Kenneth Campbell   Composer
Jonathan King   Composer

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