Rick Ross

What's it going to take for Rick Ross to maintain a hip hop cred some people argue he never had and doesn't deserve? The biggest MC to come out of Miami since Luther Campbell made Tipper Gore soil himself, Ross has been the target of a number of beefs -- including a goofy-as-shit one with 50 Cent -- that resulted in his being "outed" as a former correctional officer instead of the cocaine kingpin persona he boasts about on his records. Maybe Ross would have more reason to worry if he didn't have a steady rep and a hell of a support staff on his most recent hit release, Deeper Than Rap: if you've got Nas, Lil Wayne, Kanye, The-Dream and Ne-Yo in your corner and three #1 albums under your belt, shrugging off skeptics should come easy. With Triple C. 18+
Thu., Oct. 29, 10 p.m., 2009

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