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Rick Ross f/ Masspike Miles - Cigar Music (Single)
Posted by Steve Juon at Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 at 12:00AM :: Email this article :: Print this article

Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Artist: Rick Ross f/ Masspike Miles
Title: Cigar Music
Label: Def Jam

If you think Rick Ross is a phony and a clown, stop reading now. I've already long since reconciled that his rap persona is an act, and in truth there are no shortage of studio gangsters in the music industry anyway. How many of us would be happier if Rick Ross really sold drugs and did the real prison bids that would come with them? Over the glittering Roosevelt Harrell III (b/k/a/ Bink!) beat, sounding like an alternate take to the Charlie's Angels theme (R.I.P. Farrah Fawcett), Ross clears this up for anybody who still doesn't get his shit. "You sell weed? You sell coke?/If I was sellin dope, baby I'd be sellin both/But I'm sellin records, everything I touch gold/Better yet check the record, three milli' sold." I've said all along that Ross gravelly delivery and lyrical storytelling prowess set him apart, and on "Cigar Music" the beautiful musical backdrop create even more of a gap between him and everybody else. Stop hatin' already.

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