Let me get one thing straight: I am highly aware of Rick Ross' limited subject matter when he raps. I never expect him to become an astounding lyricist, or anything close to that level. The reason I say this album is bad is because of the fact that he released the same exact album earlier in 2014. Pretty much all he did was change the title. I guess you can say that this should have been called Mastermind 2, because this is pretty much what I am listening to (Mastermind was slightly better than this). The fact that he did the whole releasing two albums on a major label in one year, and both not as good as quality really damages his credibility as an artist. Another reason why I don't like this album is that there are NO features from his MMG group. I feel that if he was going to release this, he should have made it a mixtape than an actual album. Then it wouldn't look as bad for him seeing the quality of the material of the music.
After listening to the album, I found only a few songs worth mentioning. "Trap Luv" featuring Yo Gotti was the first standout to me. "Movin Bass" was solid, surprisingly having Jay-Z on the hook. Snoop saves "Quintessential" from being a total waste. "If They Knew" featuring K. Michelle on the hook is a song that works perfectly. Lil Boosie sounds rejuvenated while saving the song "Nickel Rock". "Brimstone" with Big KRIT on the hook is another one of the few standouts.
The rest of the songs here are pretty bad. A few of the worst ones are songs such as "Coke Like The 80's" with its annoying hook (sounds like he is saying "I got Coke like the ace"). Project Pat couldn't save "Elvis Presley Blvd" with it's terrible hook. But the worst song on the album belongs to "Keep Doin That (Rich B*****)" with R. Kelly.
Overall this album is bad. The material is repetitive, and the quality is bad. Ross should have not rushed to release this album, and just tried to make it better than it was, or just made it a mixtape. I think for the next few years he should focus on his MMG label than rushing albums like this (Wale is due up for one, and Meek just got out of jail). Hopefully we get some better quality in the future than this. Peace.
Guest Appearances: C
Musical Vibes: D+
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- Label: Def Jam
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- Total Length: 1:09:44
- ASIN: B00OY7WA1C
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