Deeper Than Rap

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Deeper Than Rap
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Studio album by Rick Ross
Released April 21, 2009
Recorded 2008–09
Genre Hip hop
Length 57:57
Rick Ross chronology
Deeper Than Rap
Teflon Don
Singles from Deeper Than Rap
  1. "Mafia Music"
    Released: January 24, 2009
  2. "Magnificent"
    Released: February 24, 2009
  3. "All I Really Want"
    Released: May 5, 2009
  4. "Maybach Music 2[1]"
    Released: May 19, 2009[1]

Deeper Than Rap is the third studio album by American rapper Rick Ross; it was released on April 21, 2009, by his record label Maybach Music Group and Slip-n-Slide Records, with distribution from Def Jam Recordings. Production for the album took place during 2008 to 2009 and was handled by several producers, including J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, The Inkredibles, The Runners, DJ Toomp and Drumma Boy, among others. The album features guest appearances from Kanye West, Lil Wayne, T-Pain, John Legend, Nas, The-Dream, Avery Storm, Robin Thicke, Foxy Brown and Ne-Yo. During the album's development, controversy arose over the release of photos showing Ross working as a corrections officer and his ongoing feud with rapper 50 Cent.

Deeper Than Rap received generally positive reviews from music critics. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 158,000 copies its first week and was supported by four singles (two official and two promotional): "Magnificent", "Maybach Music 2", "Mafia Music" and "All I Really Want". The album has since sold 439,000 copies in the United States, as of August 2010.


In May 2008, Ross first announced his plans to began recording his third album titled Deeper Than Rap.[2] In addition to this album, Ross has been working through his several mixtapes, freestyle tracks, and his collaboration with rapper Birdman titled The H.[3] In July 2008, the controversy arose over photographs leaked of Ross (real name William Roberts) taken during his career as a corrections officer.[4]

Toward the end of a street track titled "Kiss My Pinky Ring Curly", which intended to attack rapper 50 Cent, Ross mentioned a possible release date of March 24, 2009.[5] In March 2009, the album release date was delayed to April 21, before Ross told MTV News about a possible charity concert for underprivileged neighborhoods of New York City.[6]

The listening party for this album was held at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York City on March 17.[4] Prior to the release day, Ross had asserted in interviews with MTV that this album would be his best during his career.[4][7] Rick Ross claims if Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2003) by 50 Cent sold 10 million copies, then his next record (Deeper than Rap) will sell 12 million.[8][9] However, this did not materialize. According to Ross, a feud with 50 Cent started after he released the track “Mafia Music” online. The album presented personal information about 50 Cent’s relationship with the mother of his child.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 73/100[10]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[11]
Entertainment Weekly B[12]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[13]
The New York Times (favorable)[14]
NOW 4/5 stars[15]
RapReviews (8.5/10)[16]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[17]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[18]
USA Today 2.5/4 stars[19]
Vibe (favorable)[20]

Upon its release, Deeper Than Rap received generally positive reviews from most music critics.[10] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 73, based on 11 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[10] David Jeffries of AllMusic commended Ross for his "ability to steamroll over all of his shortcomings", calling it "the superstar, gangster weekend album done right."[11] Adam M. Levin of RapReviews described the album as "essentially a gangster movie on wax, and Ross is excellent in his role as the boss at the top of the heap with nothing to lose but his cool."[16] Jon Caramanica of The New York Times gave Deeper Than Rap a favorable review and perceived it as an improvement over Ross's previous work.[14] On its production and musical style, Caramanica wrote "this album is lush, erotic, entitled, a stunning leisure-class document of easy wealth and carefree sex. It’s a throwback to a time of sonic and attitudinal ambition in hip-hop — the Bad Boy era of the mid- to late ’90s, with its warm soul samples connoting the new hip-hop luxury comes to mind. Few rap albums have sounded this assured, this sumptuous, in years".[14]

Wilson McBee of Slant Magazine gave credit to Ross for showing more lyrical depth in his lyrics but found the R&B mid-point in the album to lead Ross "closer to being Flo Rida's fat uncle than Jay-Z's second in command." He concluded that, "Phony or not, Ross has planted himself near the center of hip-hop's orbit, and Deeper proves that it's going to take more than YouTube beefs and blogger scandal-mongering to move him out of the way."[18] Steve Jones of USA Today felt that even with the beats, imposing charisma and huge guest list, Ross didn't deviate far enough from the typical rap themes he told before in previous efforts, saying that "His tales of gangster riches are colorful, but you wish Ross would find something deeper to talk about."[19] Christian Hoard of Rolling Stone felt that Ross' formula of shiny beats that supply tracks telling rap lifestyle stories was tiring, saying that "over the length of a full album it all feels a bit too familiar."[17]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United States, Deeper Than Rap debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 158,000 copies during its first week making it as Ross's third number-one album.[21] In its second week, the album sold 51,125 copies, peaking at number 4 on the chart.[22] In its third week, the album sold 34,828 copies, peaking at number 8 on the chart.[23] In its fourth week, the album sold 26,487 copies, peaking at number 9, putting on total at 270,000 copies.[24] After seven weeks, the album sold 315,385 copies in the United States.[25] As of August 2010, the album sold 439,000 copies in the United States.[26]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Mafia Music"   The Inkredibles 4:16
2. "Maybach Music 2" (featuring Kanye West, Lil Wayne & T-Pain) J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League 4:59
3. "Magnificent" (featuring John Legend)
  • Robert II
  • Angela Bofill
  • Ortiz
  • John Stephens
  • Crowe
  • Jeffrey Cohen
  • Michael Walden
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League 4:17
4. "Yacht Club" (featuring Magazeen)
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League 5:14
5. "Usual Suspects" (featuring Nas)
The Inkredibles 5:14
6. "All I Really Want" (featuring The-Dream) Tricky Stewart 4:16
7. "Rich Off Cocaine" (featuring Avery Storm)
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League 4:25
8. "Lay Back" (featuring Robin Thicke)
9. "Murda Mami" (featuring Foxy Brown) Bigg D 3:34
10. "Gunplay" (featuring Gunplay)
The Inkredibles 3:34
11. "Bossy Lady" (featuring Ne-Yo)
The Runners 3:53
12. "Face" (featuring Trina) Drumma Boy 3:14
13. "Valley of Death"  
14. "In Cold Blood"  
  • Robert II
  • Harr
  • Jackson
The Runners 3:05
Sample credits
  • "Maybach Music 2" contains a sample of "Time Is the Teacher" performed by Dexter Wansel
  • "Magnificent" contains a sample of "Gotta Make It Up to You" performed by Angela Bofill
  • "Yacht Club" contains a sample of "El Jardia" performed by Johnny Pate
  • "Usual Suspects" contains a sample of "Garden of Peace" performed by Lonnie Liston Smith and "Dead Presidents II" performed by Jay-Z
  • "Rich Off Cocaine" contains a sample of "Color Her Sunshine" performed by Willie Hutch
  • "Valley of Death" contains a sample of "I'm So Blue and You Are Too" performed by Barry White
  • "Cigar Music" contains a sample of "Don't Ask My Neighbor" written by Frederick Jones, Danny Leake, Richard Evans and Morris Jenkins, performed by Ahmad Jamal.



See also[edit]


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