Rick Ross rhyming at The Pearl

Rick Ross' rhymes are almost as robust as the dude's barrel-sized midsection. The Miami-based rapper's subject matter is decidedly less sunny than his hometown, as plenty of dope, guns and snitches all get smoked in Ross' bullet-ridden repertoire. It's the same old story, but Ross tells it in his own way: the way of the gun.

See Rick Ross at 10 p.m. Thursday at The Pearl at the Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road. Tickets are $55-$125; call 944-3200.