Trilla Miami's Rick Ross generally gets by on his blustery baritone rather than on lyrical wizardry. Nothing wrong with that: As his second full-length reminds us,… Trilla Miami's Rick Ross generally gets by on his blustery baritone rather than on lyrical wizardry. Nothing wrong with that: As his second full-length reminds us,… 2008-03-11 Rick Ross Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

Trilla (2008)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Mar 11, 2008; Lead Performance: Rick Ross; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Miami's Rick Ross generally gets by on his blustery baritone rather than on lyrical wizardry. Nothing wrong with that: As his second full-length reminds us, his imposing voice sounds pretty good over big-budget synths and even better over buttery soul strings and horns. Yet Trilla's strongest moments arrive when Ross lets more flamboyant wordsmiths play off his rhymes (Jay-Z on ''Maybach Music''; Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, and Trick Daddy on ''Luxury Tax''). Even if he's not the world's most original rapper, give him credit for knowing when to share the spotlight. B+

Originally posted Mar 07, 2008 Published in issue #982 Mar 14, 2008 Order article reprints