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The 50 Best Rapper Mixtapes

6. Rick Ross, Rich Forever (2012)

Rick Ross understands that beat selection is not something to be trivialized in rap. His gargantuan persona is directly paralleled by the beats he chooses, and this deadly combination reached its apex on Rich Forever, the Titantic of mixtapes.

Overflowing with excess, Rich Forever instills the most hedonistic of values in listeners as they play along with the Teflon Don in his fantasy world of lofty thread counts and two-seater coupes. Features by Drake, 2 Chainz, Diddy, Meek Mill, and Birdman add to the voluminosity—not that Ross needs help.

Consider Rich Forever the mixtape equivalent of a Michael Bay film: If you're going to blow something up, make sure it looks pretty and everyone gets to see it. —Alysa Lechner

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