On the Sophisticated and Full-Bodied Ricky Rozay

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Every Wednesday, Douglas Wolk explores the people, places and coincidences that tie disparate musicians together.

One of the centerpieces of Rick Ross’s new album God Forgives, I Don’t is “So Sophisticated.” There is, actually, a lot of sophisticated stuff about its construction, like the way Ross manages to rhyme or half-rhyme about 25 lines with “sophisticated” (although he decides the hell with it halfway through his second verse), but it’s also flamboyantly crude, and Ross keeps referring to the most lowbrow stuff he can come up with. Dom Perignon is the stereotypical beverage of the upper-upper class; purple drank is way at the other end of the scale, and Ross mentions both inside a minute.

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