The Soulful Side of Rick Ross is On Full Display With The-Dream on Money Dance (Audio)
Some artists gravitate toward trap beats. Others have a penchant for more soulful, melodic music. Rick Ross is one of the few MCs who seems to have an equal taste for both. Flipping effortlessly from tracks like “MC Hammer” to “Aston Martin Music,” Ross is more than capable of turning up or laying back in the pocket of a lush groove. In 2014, he showcased both sides, delivering the more cinematic Mastermind in the Spring and moving the heavy bass with Hood Billionaire in the Fall. After announcing just yesterday that his next album, Black Dollar, will arrive this week, his first two releases are among his most soulful in some time.
Yesterday’s “Foreclosures,” not only brought a return to melody, it showcased a rarely seen conscious side of Ross, with its message of Black empowerment and financial discipline. Now, “Money Dance” does not carry the same substantive weight, but the Jake One-produced track and accompaniment from The-Dream combine for quiet storm, grown and sexy Hip-Hop in the vein of other similar Ross cuts like “Amsterdam” and “Sixteen.”