Ever since Rozay burst on to the scene in 2006 with his debut hit single ‘Hustlin,’ Ross has let us know he is here for the long run. From day one he had an arrogance or confidence that set him apart from your typical new comer to the rap game. Ross let it be known he’s “The Biggest Boss,” “The Teflon Don, and “Mr. Touchable.” All those nicknames and truthfully he’s lived up to them. With the release of his seventh solo album Hood Billionaire, I wanted to take you guys down memory lane and rank his past projects from top to bottom.
7. Hood Billionaire
Ross’ most recent body of work might be his least inspired body of work to date, you can read more about that in my album review for this LP.
Ross’ six album doesn’t suck at all especially with gem’s like “Sixteen” with Andre 3000, “Diced Pineapples”, “Amsterdam” and “3 Kings,” but this is around the time when we started to notice Ross was mailing it in. Come on lets be real, this album was good but Rozay could’ve took a few tracks off.
5. Port of Miami
2006 was a great year. That year we got our first taste of former ghost writer now rapper Ricky Ross and with his street anthem ‘Hustlin’ at the forefront, we all knew this wasn’t no one trick pony.
Port of Miami was our introduction to Ross, but Trilla was Ricky letting us know he was the biggest boss of them all. He had street and cross over hits, he stood toe to toe with Jay Z on the first installment of “Maybach Music,” and his great ear for production began to shine as he introduced us to production team the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League.
This album is so slept on. You could tell Ross was becoming more reflective and aware of his fame. After the attempt on his life, Ross literally tried to turn into Biggie Smalls, creating raps about predicting his death and more haunting offerings. “Nobody” and “Thug Cry,” show Ross revealing his more vulnerable side.
2. Deeper Than Rap
In 2009, everything changed for Ross. He challenged 50 Cent and Eminem (No seriously he did) and his career actually survived. From the correction officer aqcusations to his baby momma allowing 50 Cent to take her shopping, Ross proved he can make it through anything without breaking a sweat. This album had so many great tracks too, “Mafia Music”, “Valley of Death”, “Maybach Music 2”, “Usual Suspects”, and “Rich off Cocaine”. Goodness! this was a dope project.
1. Teflon Don
Ross’ forth album in my opinion is his 11 track masterpiece. You take out the god awful P. Diddy and Trey Songz assisted “No. 1.” and it’s arguably a classic hip hop album. Ross again stood toe-to-toe with Jay Z on “Free Mason,” he shows his softer side on “Tear Of Joy” and gives us two unforgettable street anthems with B.M.F. & MC Hammer. Top to bottom the album is his best body of work as a whole. Each track has something for everyone.