Rick Ross' "Mastermind": The "Deeper Than Rap" Sequel You've Been Waiting For

March 3, 2014 7:50 PM

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Rick Ross' "Mastermind": The "Deeper Than Rap" Sequel You've Been Waiting For

Think of Rick Ross' catalogue as a resounding march from Port of Miami to "B.M.F.," the 808s popping deeper at each successive turn. A progression from the screwed hooks and beachside conspiracy bluffs of Ross' debut to black-glove mafia menace, all culminating in his last studio album, God Forgives, I Don't, an obese symphony including all possible instruments, features, ad libs, boasts—making for a sometimes indigestible buffet.

In the sense that 2009's Deeper Than Rap marked Ross’ shift into cinematic, charismatic storytelling, and widescreen appeal as a persona, Mastermind is Deeper’s rightful sequel. From jacking the synth flood of Brian De Palma's Tony Montana soundtrack to launching its first act through alternating Ca...

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