30. Rick Ross- Black Market
Rick Ross has established his own sound, which hasn’t always paid off for him. The release of 2014’s Mastermind and Hood Billionaire found Rozay’s formula becoming a bit tired, with the stakes getting lower and lower and his mafioso raps becoming even further removed from his real life.
This year, Ross has been brought back down to earth, serving time under house arrest and getting engaged, two events that have forced him to investigate himself a little more closely. He’s also dropped the arena-trap sounds he’s favored since his game-changing "BMF" single, fully engrossing himself in the luxurious pop-leaning sounds of Deeper Than Rap -- the project in which many started to take him seriously as an artist.
As a result we get Rozay's most engaging project in some time, and putting full stake in his signature sound -- one that proves him as one of rap's more consistent auteurs.