Posting this one might get me in a little trouble, but I think it’s worth it. No matter your thoughts on Rick Ross (a former correctional officer who turned to rap, building his entire career on the persona of an actual drug dealer, the infamous Freeway Rick Ross), the man can rap. Now I’m not saying he’s top 10 or anything that drastic, but Ross has certainly got skills, and “The Devil Is A Lie” is another exemplary display of his lyricism and knack for great beats.
Ross’ speciality is big rhymes regarding excess, and “The Devil Is A Lie” has that in spades. From “Sippin Bordeaux out in Bordeaux,” to raps about stacks, whips and one of Ross’ favorite subjects (women), this is classic Rozay, all over a soul-sampling beat that’s turned all the way up to 11. Jay Z even pops up for a competent, Illuminati-referencing verse, continuing his and Rozay’s charming chemistry that resulted in one of the few great tracks from Jay’s Magna Carta Holy Grail (“FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt”)
Sure, “The Devil Is A Lie” is two of rap’s biggest names rapping about their lavish lifestyles, and while I’ll never be able to relate to the world they inhabit, it’s nice to lose yourself in their extravagant subject matter and entertaining lyrics now and then, similar to watching a big, dumb action flick. Everyone needs to forget about the world sometimes.