Rick Ross, ‘Florida Boy’ | Track Review
Prolific rapper Rick Ross enlists autotune-loving T-Pain and distinct-voiced rapper Kodak Black for hard-nosed banger “Florida Boy.”
Rick Ross continues to be prolific, even as he’s past the most lucrative part of his career. He’s back with a star-studded single, “Florida Boy,” featuring T-Pain and Kodak Black. A lengthy record, “Florida Boy” extends beyond the five-minute mark. Despite its exhaustive length, the record has its fair share of pros.
Rick Ross begins with a spoken word intro before breaking into his rhymes. On the intro, he states, “It’s hard as hell for a young Florida boy / where we play football and sell dope…” An excellent use of sample fuels the fire for “Florida Boy,” adding an old-school, soulful flavor. Notably, the drum programming – the most contemporary aspect of the production – is incredibly heavy. Returning the focus to Ross, he exhibits superb bite and overall energy.
T-Pain follows Rick Ross’ first verse. Expectedly, he’s drenched in autotune as he drops the hook.
“Yeah, bitch, I’m a Florida boy / 73s to them AMG’s, now we rolling boy…”
Following a second verse by Ross, T-Pain returns with the hook as well as a bridge. Kodak Black closes things out, continuing to be an acquired taste. Nonetheless, for the non-fans of “Tunnel Vision,” arguably, Black shows some improvement.
All in all, “Florida Boy” is an enjoyable record. Rick Ross and company don’t reinvent rap, let alone the wheel, but it’s stronger moments far outweighs the weaker ones.
Rick Ross • Florida Boy (Ft. T-Pain & Kodak Black) – Single • Epic • Release: 2.2.18
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