Strange Love: Black Men and Rick Ross
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a criminal.

I bring this up because perhaps the white-collar Black guy, used to years of pronounced code-switching, soul-numbing mindfulness, and exaggerated (but still necessary) tact, recognizes Ross as a kindred spirit; partners in the act of being a well-paid and unapologetic poseur. This might be a stretch, but how else can you explain the near-primal urge to jam away to drug-laden Maybach Music while driving a Civic to Whole Foods?

In a metaphor so perfect that I’m sure a few of you will think I’m making this up, I had numerous friends willing to offer paragraph-long takes about Ross’ appeal when I mentioned that I was writing this. But not one of them wanted to actually have their name attached to their quote for fear that their companies might Google their names one day and see they’d sung the praises of Ross’ music. All things considered, perhaps Jessica Gomes has it right. Maybe, Maybach Music is best appreciated when no one really knows how or why you’re connected to it. We’re all pretenders anyway, so why start being “real” now? 

Damon Young is the co-founder of the award-winning site Very Smart Brothas and co-author of Your Degrees Won't Keep You Warm At Night: The Very Smart Brothas Guide To Dating, Mating, and Fighting Crime."  Follow him on Twitter: @verysmartbros