Rick Ross

God Forgives, I Don't

> > Jul 31 2012

Rick Ross - God Forgives, I Don't
By Aaron MatthewsRick Ross knows big. On his fifth album, God Forgives, I Don't, Ross's lyrical focus hasn't changed, only the scope: he remains a fearsome boss swimming in money, women and food, but the absurd grandiosity has been heightened. Skip the umpteenth "BMF" re-treads and the album's soggy R&B bottom quarter and there's much to savour. The smooth "Amsterdam" and the grand horns of "Pirates" showcase Ross's nimble flossing skills. The eight-minute-long "Sixteen" presents a lengthy, stellar Andre 3000 verse over J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League-supplied yacht jazz. The dull verses on "3 Kings" from Dr. Dre and Ross are redeemed by Jay-Z, who kills it while sleepwalking over Jake One's regal soul. Ross has cited Tarantino as an inspiration for God Forgives, I Don't's cinematic vibe, but Michael Bay is a more apt comparison. The Stalley-backed "Ten Jesus Pieces" is the perfect closing credits. Bring the popcorn, the boss is here to stay.
(Def Jam/Universal)
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What are you smoking? Jay-Z left 3 Kings to die in a cesspool of his very predictable cash boasts swirled with unnecessary and uninteresting nods to his daughter - in other words, it was like virtually every damn thing he's spit in the last year.
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