Rick Ross And Meek Mill, "Tupac Back," And All The Other Rappers' Versions Of Rap's Song Of The Spring

Here’s the biggest rap music beat of the spring. It was made by Atlanta producer Mike Will and his Eardrummers team, for Miami rap don Rick Ross and his Philadelphian protege, Meek Mill. (Very bold of a rapper to call himself “Meek,” I think. It comes from his given name, Robert Rahmeek Williams. Whatever the case, I like it.) The beat is great in the same stomping-gothic-monster way as the one Lex Luger made for Ross’s “BMF” last summer. And, as was the case with “BMF” last summer, and is the case will all great rap beats nowadays, lots of other rappers are recording rhymes over it.

The nice twist about this one is that everybody is following Ross and Meek’s lead, and using the beat to make a memorial ode to a fallen legend. Usually a hometown hero. So Brooklyn rapper Maino makes, of course, “Biggie is Back.”

Harlem’s Ron Browz does “Big L Back.”

Also from Harlem, Jim Jones dedicated his to the famed drug dealer Rich Porter.

Joell Ortiz is from Brooklyn, but he reps for the city’s Puerto Rican community with a tribute to the Bronx’s Big Pun.