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Rick Ross – Rather You Than Me

Rick Ross – Rather You Than Me
Hip Hop, Trap
Release date
March 17 2017
Rick Ross
Rick Ross – Rather You Than Me
March 17 2017 | Hip Hop, Trap

Rather You Than Me is the ninth studio album by American rapper Rick Ross. It was released on March 17, 2017, by Maybach Music Group and Epic Records. It features guest appearances from Anthony Hamilton, Dej Loaf, Jeezy, Yo Gotti, Nas, Future, Gucci Mane, Meek Mill, Raphael Saadiq, Ty Dolla Sign, Wale, and Young Thug, among others.

The album’s lead single, “I Think She Like Me” was released on January 26, 2017. The song features a guest appearance from American recording artist Ty Dolla Sign. The music video for the song was released on January 27, 2017.
The album’s first promotional single, “Trap Trap Trap” was released on March 10, 2017. The song features guest appearances from American rappers Young Thug and Wale.
The album’s second promotional single, “She on My Dick” was released on March 13, 2017. The song features a guest appearance from American rapper Gucci Mane.
The album’s third promotional single, “Dead Presidents” was released on March 15, 2017. The song features guest appearances from American rappers Future, Jeezy and Yo Gotti.

Critical reception
Rather You Than Me received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 71, based on nine reviews. Damiem Morris of The Observer said, “The more modish tracks are somehow less inventive than their titles, but there’s much southern-stewed, offbeat beauty elsewhere to compensate.” Preezy of XXL said, “Nine albums removed from anonymity, Rather You Than Me secures Rick Ross’ slot within the list Top 5 of rap soloists to emerge from the South over the last 20 years, and is among his more cohesive bodies of work to date.” Jesse Fairfax of HipHopDX said, “Neither timeless nor immediately disposable, Rather You Than Me is an above average outing that displays why he’s steadily remained within the public eye without having a long line of record-breaking hits.” Steve “Flash” Juon of said, “Rick Ross’ Rather You Than Me is fun to listen to.” Paul A. Thompson of Pitchfork said, “Rather You Than Me is a smooth, enjoyable attempt to wrestle the spotlight back onto his solo work.” Kellan Miller of Drowned in Sound said, “Overall, Rather You Than Me is another example of Ross’ gift at making albums, even though he litters the radio with corny one liners.”
Andy Kellman of AllMusic said, “Ross’ mixtures of outrageous fantasy and sobering reality, side-splitting humor, and piercing vengeance, are intermittently as potent as ever.” Calum Slingerland of Exclaim! said, “It isn’t without its flaws, but Rather You Than Me positions Rick Ross as the boss he’s always claimed to be, his raps reinforced by lofty, gold-plated production and added lyrical depth that’s as refreshing as a glass of Belaire Rosé.” Mosi Reeves of Rolling Stone said, “Musically, he’s drifting through a mid-career malaise. The beats he uses are the same worn poles of yacht-rap luxury and trap bangers that he’s relied on since his 2010 watermark Teflon Don. Lyrically, he’s still capable of speaking truth to power with remarkable clarity.”

Commercial performance
Rather You Than Me debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 with 106,000 album-equivalent units, of which 70,000 were pure album sales.

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