"Rather You Than Me" is the ninth studio album by American rapper Rick Ross. It was released March 17, 2017 through 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.
Rather You Than Me embodies Ross taking off the jersey and switching to a suit; instead of making another street album, he made the album about the life that comes after surviving the trenches, not trying to prove he’s still there.
There’s also no tongue-biting, every lyric is a bar that Ross meant with all his heart. The Birdman diss brought truth to light. It wasn’t an attack on the person, but putting a flashlight to his shady movements. From reminiscing on government cheese to remembering the day he visited Meek in prison, Ross exhibits the characteristics of a successful man who is taking the time to look back on a life that wasn’t easy.
Rather You Than Me is less about showing off and stuntin' and more about realizing how far he has come and admiring all that’s been acquired. Ross talks about wanting to protect Wayne, trying to settle the beef between Drake and Meek, and wanting his friends to be rich by summer seventeen?as if being aware of his blessings has made him want better for all those around him.
This isn’t a new Ross, he’s still in the same lane, but with a refreshing transparency and a production style to match his growth. Nine albums in and Rick Ross hasn’t lost it yet. His ear is still golden, charisma soaks every verse, and the conviction has yet to waver. --- djbooth.net