It’s virtually impossible to go anywhere and not hear Rick Ross’ signature sound and adlibs. From being on some of the hottest tracks on radio and becoming a summer staple with banger after banger (except for the Trilla album) Rozay shows no signs of slowing down. Ross has had the most pressure on his shoulders for creating an album with this project since his debut, Port of Miami. After amassing a very talented roster in Wale, Meek Mills, Stalley & French Montana, MMG has become known for creating radio bangers and the most consistent gold stable in the game. (Yeah, NO MMG artist has gone platinum) However, “God Forgives, I Dont” may be the project that gets Ross his platinum plaque.
Rick Ross is known for his grimey and gutter raps and has found the recipe to making great radio hits. The projects capitalizes on the momentum of his GREATEST mixtape to date “Rich Forever” in my opinion could have been an actual album in itself. After, some critics slammed him for being overly feature heavy on 2010’s “Teflon Don” he realized that in order to have great music and successful sales that this is what’s necessary to make it. One of the things that the G-Unit general, 50 Cent, was a little slow in doing. However, the biggest difference between the two rivals is that Ross has done it successfully.
As a whole, “God Forgives, I Dont” is a great album. There are very few moments where the album lulls or you feel the need to skip a track. His features compliment him and every song seamlessly except for the All-Star line up on “3 Kings” featuring Dr. Dre & Jay-Z. This is the worst song on the album. With such heavy weights as Dre & Jay-Z the bars are lackluster and forgettable at best and the beat is very basic. Aside from this blemish Ross keeps the streets fed with his now infamous “Maybach Music” series and this time he brings Ne-Yo along for the ride, the street anthem “So Sophisticated” feat Meek Mill and “Hold Me Back.” The latter is my least favorite because it sounds like “Acting Up” off of the MMG Presents: Self Made, Vol 2 album. Ross tries to embody his Notorious B.I.G. sex symbol swag on the tracks “Presidential” feat Elijah Blake, “Ice Cold” feat Omarion, “Touchin You” feat Usher and “Diced Pineapples” feat Wale & Drake.
In addition to the features mentioned above Andre 3000, Nas, Stalley & John Legend make appearances on Rozay’s fifth opus. I can honestly say that Ross has made me a convert and the rest of the summer will belong to MMG. Im glad to know that God forgives even if Ross doesn’t but this album is pleasantly doesn’t require him to apologize for anything. Make sure you all cop this album when it drops on 7/31.