Every week, a different FADER editor compiles a playlist to highlight a new release and give you a guide to that artist’s web of influences and peers. These Staff Selects live in our Spotify app, alongside GEN Fs from our archives and playlists for each issue. This week, it’s Duncan Cooper on Rick Ross.
With his fourth number-one album, God Forgives, I Don't, one of the most magnetic forces of rap's past decade has by now hopefully secured himself a nice little nest egg. The big man in Miami is about six years past needing an introduction, but here's one anyway, drawing a tenuous line from Florida booty-bass forebears L'Trimm's "Cars With the Boom" and Ross' auto-obsessed Maybach Music empire. Also: compare Kanye West getting sad about money to Ross' "Tears of Joy." Take a listen and tell us which tracks I boneheadedly missed.
Staff Selects: Rick Ross, Rich Forever