Sometimes rappers can seriously surprise you with their taste in music. Look at someone like Big Boi and his possible collabo with goddess Kate Bush, or alternative producer and composer Jon Brion's production credits on Kanye's Late Registration. Guess we just prefer the idea of rappers blasting Toto's "Africa" in the whip over the new Chief Keef tape. Nothing more ratchet than Toto's "Africa." Nothing.
Well, in Rick Ross' "911" video, the Rozay equivalent of the Beach Boys' "In My Room" (dude loves his Porsche 911), we catch a shot of Mr. Ross parked alongside the theater of a sold out Fiona Apple show. This led us to ponder a plethora of questions, like, is Rick Ross into Fiona Apple? If so, what's his favorite album? Is it her debut, Tidal, a flawed yet fuck-you album? Or is it her sophomore release, When the Pawn..., an awesome yet fuck-you album?
After careful analysis of both songwriting and overall "uhhhhh" deliverables, County Grind figured out why exactly Rick Ross was at the Fiona Apple show.
Ross' homage to Fiona Apple
On to some Apple...
5. Extraordinary Machine is produced by the same dude who made "The Real Slim Shady"
We know there's two different versions of this record flying around, one solely produced by Jon Brion and the other by Mike Elizondo, studio producer for dudes like Eminem, Dr. Dre, and 50 Cent. The Jon Brion joint is more choral and very popular with music snobs. The Elizondo version (the final cut) is more clear, and packed with Elizondo's bass flex. We'd like to think that Rick Ross feels more at home with an Elizondo-produced heartbreak release, a sound that inadvertently has ties to G-Unit, D12, and the G-funk movement. In a roundabout way, Extraordinary Machine is the female singer-songwriter's God Forgives, I Don't.