Rick Ross: An Album Review
April 1, 2014
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Rick Ross attempts to become a triumphant “mastermind” in his new album but lacks the genius component that comes with its title. Though we never really expect too much from Ross, except for the occasional “great” verse as a guest feature, he manages to bring our expectations even lower in his sixth studio album.
In this album, Ross aimlessly raps with his hard, rough and mostly aggressive voice but nothing he says seems to be worth a damn thing. Though the album does have some controversial lyrics in it, most notably a reference to Trayvon Martin in the song Blk & Wht, a majority of the lyrics are boring and tasteless.
Though the negative side of this album overshadows the good, Ross does bring in a decent group of artists, most of them offering the best verses in their songs. However, it’s not enough to bring this album to what it was supposed to achieve. It seems Ross’ only strong point is his ability to rap about his wealth. Whether it’s millions in his bank or the cars in his garage, nothing really changes. Ross’ lyrics are not enough to keep the listener consistently coming back to his latest album.
The only redeemable thing this album has is the large list of guest artists that essentially holds his album together. “Sanctified”, arguably the best track on the album shines with two guest features, Kanye West and Big Sean, which holds similar styles of Kanye’s Yeezus. “What a Shame” is a well made song that takes the classic Wu-Tang song and manages to keep its same lyrical content and style. “The Devil is a Lie” is an exciting and loud track featuring a fantastic verse by Jay-Z. These excellent tracks, along with the other mediocre tracks heighten Ross’ so-called “Mastermind” persona.
By John An