Rick Ross & DJ Premier’s Black Market Collabo Holds Weight (Audio)

Nearly a decade ago, when Rick Ross’ stardom jumped off via “Hustlin’,” he was a mid-2000s tour de force. In the time since, Ricky Rozay has made some of Rap’s biggest anthems, and showed even some skeptics why he won over the ears of Erick Sermon, then-Def Jam President Jay Z, and Suave House Records’ Tony Draper. Lovers of lyrics can hear something in Rick, and the M.M.G. founder’s delivery is unmistakable.

On the just-released Black Market album, R.R. called upon Gang Starr’s DJ Premier. Preemo laces “Black Opium” with scratches. Preemo’s done this before, for Rawss collaborators Kanye West as well as DJ Khaled. Although Black Metaphor and Inkredibeatz are “Black Opium’s” producers, Preemo adds his touches to a song that utilizes the iconic DJ’s fader differently than his own tracks. Among other MCs, what he cuts up for the scratch-chorus includes some words from AZ. Heads know that the Gang Starr legend won’t put his name on something unless he believes in it, so how do you feel about this?

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