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J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League Lays Down the Law for Rick Ross
How the production team pushed Deeper Than Rap even further
Rick Ross lives! Striking news considering the Bawse’s career should be firmly planted six feet under South Beach sands. First came accusations that he was a former correctional officer, which were subsequently confirmed. Then, he brought in 2009 by entering in a rap battle with hip hop’s most notorious popularity killer, 50 Cent. And yet Rick Ross still stands.
So how did “Officer Ricky” beat the heat? See Exhibit A: Ross’ new album, Deeper Than Rap (Maybach Music Group/Poe Boy/Def Jam), which dropped this week and is easily the best rap offering of the young year. On his third full length offering, Ross not only displays incredible lyrical growth, he also continues to showcase a strong ear for strong, lush beats. The four he picked from J.U.S.T.I.C.E. Leagueâ€””Maybach Music 2,” ‘Magnificent,” “Yacht Club,” and “Rich Off Cocaine”â€”in particular stand out. On Tuesday, VIBE caught up with the Tampa-based production trioâ€”collectively, Rook, Kenny and Colione, whoâ€™ve made their name lacing Ross, Mary J. Blige, Young Jeezy, and others with big beatsâ€”to find out more about the hits they whipped up for the Bawse.