How does one explain a former correctional officer's rise to the top of the rap charts, considering the largely fabricated subject matter of obscene riches and large-scale cocaine peddling? Anyone who has heard Rick Ross's larger-than-life grunt at the club can answer this easily. Few rappers can claim the same gigantic vocal impact or stomping beats. Hits like "Hustlin'" and "B.M.F." show off Ross's strength with simplicity, using his booming voice to full effect over club-ready bangers that are essentially undeniable. Sure to bring a tsunami through a live crowd, Ross's brand of hustle-hard anthems boil down money, drugs, women, and violence into a pitch-perfect sonic punch. Anticipation for his upcoming fifth album, God Forgives, I Don't, continues to grow as his label, Maybach Music, gains traction. 18+
Fri., May 18, 10 p.m., 2012
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