I have always enjoyed Rick Ross’ guest spots more then his solo work. Something about the complete charge he took of beats like “Lord Knows” (on Drake’s Take Care) exuded a charisma I feel Ross had not reached on his own. The good news is “Touch’N You” (the Usher assisted first single on the upcoming God Forgives, I Don’t) sounds like the logical progression from that particular guest spot. The great news is Rick Ross finally feels fully realized in what makes him stand out form the rest of the pack.
Ross is best when he delights in pure escapist fantasy, I mean his name is taken from an infamous drug pusher and pre-rap Ross was a correctional officer. Furthermore, he does not need a hard-hitting “street” beat in order to make him sound fully in control. With a mellow synth setting Ross and Usher begin to describe a particular eye-opening romance. The attention to detail in lines like “She kissing on me, biting on my bottom lip” recalls The Dismemberment Plan Change era. Small touches like the tom sound opening up to create more motion after Rozay commands “Bounce”, are chilling. But the climax, as the stings swell and he approaches his lover’s door, the music drops out save the drum machine and a soft synth texture to reveal a rapper who as worked his ass off to get to where he is. He could not sound more in his element.
(God Forgives, I Don’t drops July 31st, 2012 on Maybach Music Group / Def Jam / Warner Bros. Records)