Album review: God Forgives, I Don’t

Rick Ross continues to live up to ‘the bawse’ catchphrase by proving he’s one of the top bosses in hip-hop.

Since his 2006 breakout hit single Hustlin’, Rick Ross has declared himself as ‘bawse.’ The rapper continues to live up to this catchphrase by proving he’s one of the top bosses in hip-hop.

His fifth solo album God Forgives, I Don’t, is a hard-hitting follow-up from the recently released Self Made Vol. 2, from his Maybach Music crew. The album is loaded with undeniable hard quality tunes, making his new offering his most well-balanced piece of work to date. It’s clear that the big bearded Ross — who normally rocks black shades — has made strides as a lyricist and storyteller.

On God Forgives, I Don’t, ‘The Bawse’ worked with top notch producers like Pharrel Williams, DJ Khaled, Rico Love & Cool and Dr Dre, while featuring the likes of Drake, Jay-Z, Andre 3000, Dr. Dre, Ne-Yo and Usher. But what makes Ross special on this album is his colourful perspective.

His collaboration with Andre 3000 on Sixteen makes for an enjoyable listen, while other club bangers such as Pirates, Hold Me Back and Ten Jesus Pieces will keep you rocking nonstop. The undisputed album centerpiece however has to be 3 Kings where he measures up with Jay-Z and Dr. Dre. While Jay drops lines about contract negotiations with Live Nation and Dre hawks his line of signature headphones, Ross offers up something rawer and more immediate.

Of Ross’ four albums, three have debuted at number 1 and three have reached gold status. With this one, Ross is consistent, the album sounds classic, and is sure to blow up big in coming months.

God Forgives, I don’t tracklist.
1. Pray For Us
2. Pirates
3. 3 Kings ft. Dr. Dre & Jay-Z
4. Ashamed
5. Maybach Music IV ft. Ne-Yo
6. Sixteen ft. Andre 3000
7. Amsterdam

8. Hold Me Back

9. 911
10. So Sophisticated ft. Meek Mill

11. Presidential ft. Elijah Burke
12. Ice Cold ft. Omarion
13. Touch N’ You ft. Usher

14. Diced Pineapples ft. Wale & Drake

15. Ten Jesus Pieces ft. Stalley

By Anele Mdzikwa.

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