Hip Hop Review: Hood Billionaire: Rick Ross’ Set To Drop Second Album Of 2014

HIPHOPrick-rossThere was once a quote that read, “Rappers from this era won’t have longevity or have a five consecutive year run.” Miami’s own Rick Ross proved that the quote is a big misconception. Seven albums in (including the upcoming new album that arrives next week) and eight years later, Ross is still here.

Ross, also known as Ricky Rozzay, is closing out 2014 with a big bang. A few weeks ago, the “Keep Doin’ That” rapper announced that his seventh studio LP, ‘Hood Billionaire’ will arrive on November 24th via Maybach Music Group/Def Jam Recordings.

Not only will the project serves as Rozay’s newest offering, it is his second album this year. Ross released the number one album, ‘Mastermind’ back in March. ‘Hood Billionaire’ is led by the singles “Elvis Presley BLVD” featuring Project Pat and “Keep Doin That” featuring R. Kelly.

In classic theatrical style, Rick Ross unveiled the flashy dual covers a few weeks ago. He shines bright on the standard (red) and deluxe (blue) covers, donning a lot of diamond chains.

The self-proclaimed “biggest boss” also gets assists from K. Michelle “(If They Knew”), Snopp Dogg (“Quintessential”) and Lil Boosie (“Nickel Rock”) on the album. The album’s biggest surprise is Ross’ track “Movin Bass” featuring Jay-Z, which Hot 97’s DJ Funk Flex premiered last week. The Timbaland-produced track (“Movin Bass”) marks Ross and Jay-Z’s seventh joint single. Are the two Hip-Hop stars closer to recording a joint project together? Would you be interested in hearing a collaborative album from the two?

Rozay has yet to mention why he chose to name the album, ‘Hood Billionaire,’ but the urban meaning of “Hood Billionaire” is a person from the ghetto or inner city that possesses assets in the high millions, but not quite a billion dollars. According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, Ross is worth “$35 million.”

During a recent interview with Power 105.1’S ‘Breakfast Club,’ Ross did speak about why he wanted to release two albums in 2014, saying: “That’s how bosses do it, ya heard me? It’s just something that I wanted to do when I recorded music. If you go back and listen to my interviews speaking on ‘Mastermind’ I was saying I felt like I made two albums because it was two different feelings. ‘Mastermind’ was the type of album that I wanted to open up. I wanted it to have a rich feeling to it. And this album [Hood Billionaire] is my Geechi Liberace (he’s claiming he is like a Geechee version of Liberace.”

2014 has been a full year of great music from Rick Ross. Will ‘Hood Billionaire’ be better than ‘Mastermind’? Do you think it will be the album of the year? Only time can tell! After hearing the first few singles from the album, I am definitely purchasing the album. From the sounds of it, ‘Hood Billionaire’ is worth the buy.

By: Donovan Moore