Breaking News Bar
updated: 7/31/2012 10:33 AM

Rick Ross is top-notch on 'God Forgives'

hello
Success - Article sent! close
  • Rick Ross' "God Forgives, I Don't"

      Rick Ross' "God Forgives, I Don't"
    ASSOCIATED PRESS/ISLAND DEF JAM MUSIC GROUP

 
Associated Press

Rick Ross, "God Forgives, I Don't" (Maybach Music Group/Def Jam)

Throughout his career, Rick Ross has declared himself a "bawse." On his latest album, "God Forgives, I Don't," the Miami rapper continues to live up to his catchphrase, proving he's one of the top bosses not just in hip-hop, but in music period.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

His fifth solo album in six years is loaded with undeniable quality tunes, making his new offering his most well-balanced piece of work to date. It's clear that the burly, bearded Ross -- who normally dons black shades -- has made strides as a lyricist and storyteller.

His husky voice is full of bravado with eloquence that is easy to digest. He stays in his familiar lane, rapping about grimy street life, his large stash of cash, luxury cars, women and his rise from rags to riches.

But what makes Ross special on "God Forgives" is his colorful perspective. That is certainly evident on "Pirates" where he raps, "Fascination with fortune afford me mansion and Porsches, panoramas, abortions, marijuana imported, dreams of getting cream and never to be extorted, seen so many things be preposterous not to record it."

On "Maybach Music IV," which features Ne-Yo, Ross continues his popular work with producers J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, who again craft a stunning track highlighted by smooth saxophone and other instruments.

Ross measures up with Jay-Z and Dr. Dre on "3 Kings," and his collaboration with Andre 3000 on "Sixteen" makes for an enjoyable listen. The album is also filled with other club bangers and street anthems, such as "Hold Me Back" and "Ten Jesus Pieces," featuring Stalley.

Of Ross' four albums, three have debuted at No. 1 and three have reached gold status; another debuted at No. 2, and the only one not to reach gold is close to it. With "God Forgives," Ross is consistent, and it sounds classic.

Check this out: "Diced Pineapples" is a silky, piano-driven tune that includes Wale and Drake -- just as a singer.

Share this page
  • This article filed under:
  • Music
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
    help here