Ross himself, however, wouldn't agree with any of these theories. In fact, when we spoke with him in August, he insisted he hadn't changed at all — rather, it was the critics who had changed. "I think people just listen more now," he said. "My perspective and the way I approach records, it was always a little different. But I think... people are now recognizing what I'm bringing to the table."

Yeah, right. That argument doesn't hold up to scrutiny. As with everything Ross does, it's revisionist history mixed with wishful thinking. In his mind, he's been a lady-slaying mafioso and kick-ass rapper since birth — the only question was when the world would finally recognize it. "I never needed acceptance from all you outsiders," he raps on Kanye's "Devil In A New Dress," and this has long been his M.O. He always believed his own story, which is why he never budged from it, even when it threatened to cause his downfall.

Critics tend to respect a guy who sticks to his guns. He may be full of crap. But at least he's never pandered.

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jizo
jizo

90 percent of all the shit rappers say in their songs is bullshit, anyone with a brain should be able to put that together. It's a song n dance, its all story telling. Now Im not saying 100 percent, cuz some motherfuckers are dumb enough to go public with the felonies they commit, but 90 percent is bullshit or embellished to say the least. People just get caught up in the fantasy and take it seriously. Fuck all that .....

LDizzo
LDizzo

I have no idea what's going on in the comments people are writing from their twitter, yo.

smartyypants
smartyypants

HE SUCKS. I HOPE HE'S LYING ABOUT BEING FROM FLORIDA.

 
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