Over the past 3 years Rick Ross has really made a name for himself. His public feuds with artists like Young Jeezy and 50 Cent, creating his own label Maybach Music Group, getting a chart topping album “Teflon Don” and two projects from his group MMG. Rick Ross’ music and hype lead to MTV labeling him as the Top MC in the game. With all that’s happened we haven’t gotten a Rick Ross album in about 2 years and after the break see what I have to say about the project.
1. “Pray For Us” - The album starts of with a dope skit from “Baby Boy” which has a man praying in a chapel on a stormy night, asking for forgiveness before we hear a car pull up followed by gun shots and a Ross grunt. The skit really emphasizes the album title God Forgives but Rozay sure doesn’t.
2. “Pirates” - The album starts off on a strong note. Ross proves again why his ear for beats tops most rappers in the game. Kenoe and Got Koke are the producers responsible for the dope beat. This is definitely one of the tracks you should check out.
3. “3 Kings” feat. Dr. Dre & Jay-Z - Earlier this year Rick Ross revealed he had worked on a few tracks with Hiphop icon Dr. Dre. For many reasons like Dre’s his affiliation to 50 Cent and his production abilities there was undeniable hype surrounding their joint on the project. When the tracklist came out, 3 Kings immediately became the most anticipated track on the album. After hearing it, I have to say it’s the most disappointing collaboration on the album. Dr. Dre’s verse sounded so unoriginal, clearly written by Rick Ross (Red Bottoms gave it away). Ross was nothing special on it either. Jay-Z came through but still couldn’t salvage the wreck.
4. “Ashamed” - Cool & Dre laced the beat, dope sample, all Ross had to do is kill his verses which he easily did.
5. “Maybach Music IV” feat. Ne-Yo – Not a fan of this song. I found the whole song boring, everything as in the instrumental, Verses and the Ne-Yo hook. This was the worst song in the “Maybach Music” series in my honest opinion.
6. “Sixteen” feat Andre 3000 - This is without a doubt one of the standout tracks on the album, that’s if your into 8 minute long tracks. They both killed their verses but I think Ross got one over Andre on this one. J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League came through with the instrumental.
7. “Amsterdam” - Cool laid back tune. Ross and Cardiak are yet to make a bad song together.
8. “Hold Me Back” - Thought this song was trash when it came out, my opinion didn’t change after the video and album dropped. I was hoping Ross avoided these trap beats because he’s beginning to sound very uninspired on them.
9. “911″ - This was a huge improvement from the previous song. The highlight of the song for me was the hook “If I die today on the highway can i let my top down in my 911!!!”. The beat was crazy too. This is one of the songs you should checkout.
10. “So Sophisticated” feat. Meek Mill - Leading up the the release of the album, “So Sophisticated” was the only good single in my opinion. Rick Ross has so many quotable lines on the song like “Tell all them p**sies to chill, champagne refrigerated”, “Got a white B**ch, she f**kin me like she’s Jamaican”, “We know your p**sy, so you got my n**gas masturbating”, “Put your d*ck in the dirt, now you decapitated”. Meek Mill was a great addition to the song. This was easily the best song on the album.
11. “Presidential” feat Elijah Blake - Boring song, weak hook, boring verses and an average beat from Pharrell. Nothing special to see here.
12. “Ice Cold” feat Omarion - Maybach O adds a much appreciated powerful hook to “Ice Cold” one of the best songs on the album. Signing Omarion in 2012 isn’t looking like a joke anymore.
13. “Touch ‘N You” feat. Usher - A few weeks before Rick Ross released this as his first single, we heard a dope collaboration between Usher and Ross titled “Lemme See” off Usher’s album. So on hearing this everyone obviously had high expectations which this song did not meet. I found Usher really boring on this. Maybach O might have a done a better job.
14. “Diced Pineapples” feat. Wale & Drake – The song starts at 1:08, the wale intro should be skipped by everyone. Cardiak behind the production side of things, Drake with killer hook. Wale was the odd man out on this, he should have been left off. Perfect slow jam.
15. “Ten Jesus Pieces” feat. Stalley - J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League production helps close “God Forgives, I Don’t”. The story telling on this song outshines every other song on the album. Great way to end the album on a high note.
- For someone who claims to be the biggest rapper in the game, the album sure as hell didn’t support that claim. The album wasn’t bad, don’t get me wrong but I felt like this album wouldn’t get much spins from me. Few songs might but overall the album doesn’t have much replay value, most of tracks on the project are easily forgettable.
- Another thing I noticed was that Ross was basically rapping about the same thing on every track but then again his been doing this since day 1.
+ As usual Rick Ross was great on the production side. Producers like Cool & Dre, Cardiak, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League and The Beat Bully came through with some of the best beats of the year. Ross gets an A+ on this side.
+ The features on the project were enough to get people interested even though Dr. Dre, Usher and Wale under-performed in my opinion, artists like Meek Mill, Omarion, Jay-Z, Nas, John Legend, Drake and Stalley were great on the album.
6.5 OUT OF 10