Rap It Up
After a three-month delay due to sample clearance issues, rapper Rick Ross is back this week with "Trilla" via Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam.After a three-month delay due to sample clearance issues, rapper Rick Ross is back this week with "Trilla" via Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam. The albm includes guest appearances from R. Kelly, T-Pain, Lil Wayne, Trick Daddy, Jay-Z, Akon and Floetry's Marsha Ambrosius.
"'Trilla' means real enough and was really inspired by Michael Jackson's 'Thriller,'" Ross says. "It's going to be the biggest street album of the year."
Also arriving this week is Fat Joe's latest release for Imperial Records, "Elephant in the Room." "'Elephant in the Room' is a gangster rap album -- rap being the room and the elephant being me," he says. "Fat Joe's been doing it for 15 years and he still doesn't get his just due."
The album features songs about bodies washing up in the Bronx River ("Kill All Rats") and what type of retribution to expect if you cross Fat Joe ("I am a professional / I will cut your testicles," he promises on "300 Brolic"). Producers on the set include Cool and Dre, Danja Handz, Scott Storch, DJ Premier and Swizz Beatz. Plies, J. Holiday, Pooh Bear, Beatz and DJ Khaled make guest appearances.