Rick Ross, Jay-Z and Dr. Dre Come Together for "3 Kings"

July 20, 2012 12:00 AM

Rick Ross, Jay-Z and Dr. Dre Come Together for

" Some songs just feel like events. When Dr. Dre and Jay-Z unite, you pay attention. When they align themselves with Rick Ross, the Miami-based rapper whose massive recent successes has him threatening to ascend to the elite echelons of this song's guests, the song becomes even more of an event.

Earlier today, Ross, Dre and Jay-Z dropped "3 Kings," a single so star-studded that you can't help but listen to. Dre goes first, tackling the Jake One-produced instrumental with a straight-ahead flow, offering that the song might sound better if it were experienced using his Beats By Dre headphones (bias: Listening to the song on 50 Cent's signature headphones seems just fine).

Ross goes second, delivering the strongest performance of the star-studded posse cut. Though he's a big guy, Ross can tackle a beat nimbly when he wishes, as he displayed in the DJ Premier-produced mixtape cut "Knife Fight" or his recent verse on Nas' "Accident Murders." It's a testament to Ross's subtle versatility that he can step out of his Versace-drenched, hard-nosed comfort zone to deliver something that could have stood as a highlight on a vintage DJ Clue-curated tape "

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