Some Ross fans need to believe certain things. They have to see his street credibility as legitimate, as if that does something for the music. Personally, I've always felt that Ross was more or less in on the joke, so to speak. I think dude knows he's not really built like that, but if he plays it the way he does, he gets more attention, media coverage, blog posts, etc. He's just like a lot of guys out there who come from a decent home, but still have an infatuation with street culture. He happens to know a few guys who did some things, plus he's an encyclopedia of knowledge when it comes to gangsters of the past. We also have to remember he's a grown man, almost 40. If you can make 9 million a year doing the type of music he does and just pay off whoever you have to, why not? It's not as though he has a lot of career options available, he's spent his entire adult life rapping, he didn't just come out when Hustlin' dropped.
Musically, his first two albums were mostly trash. It wasn't until Deeper Than Rap that he found a stride and realized there was no point in holding back, he might as well embrace the persona fully. Instead of giving after the CO scandal/50 beef, he just made stuff that even more over the top and ridiculously theatrical. Now, he's on the down side on his prime. When it comes to MMG, he's definitely not the LeBron of the team anymore, I would say he's more like Wade, still able to do it when necessary, but not firing on all cylinders anymore. It seems kind of strange that he's already trying to get another album in stores. It's clear that God Forgives, I Don't wasn't quite the triumph he thought it would be.