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Album Review: Rick Ross – “God Forgives, I Don’t”

By Hardcore Critic
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

The moment hip hop has been waiting for since January of 2011 is finally here, the day Rick Ross released God Forgives, I Don’t. Rick Ross, from day one, was determined to become the biggest rapper in the game. After the release of Teflon Don, Rick Ross was well on his way. Rick Ross focused on the development of his label, Maybach Music, after soldifying himself as a force in the rap game.

A year and a half of promotion has taken place, during this time Wale, Meek Mill, Stalley, and Gunplay have all become stars in their own right. Rick Ross’ health issues stopped him from closing 2011 with the release of God Forgives, I Don’t. Still, last year ended with Rick Ross on top of the rap game. However, Rick Ross was determined to end 2012 with his album out and on top of the game.

The last time around, Rick Ross proved he was more than the average Southern rapper, as he released a classic album. In 2011, Rick Ross said God Forgives, I Don’t would go down in history as one of the best albums in hip hop history. God Forgives, I Don’t manages to live up to the hype, as Rick Ross continues to give the people what they want. From the opening track to the closing track, Rick Ross delivers his classic drug lord narrative, paired with his incredible rhyming abilities.

Hip hop’s main attraction, Rick Ross toned down on the collaborations, only featuring Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, Andre 3000, Drake, Ne-Yo, and Elijah Blake outside of his own Maybach Music team. While Rick Ross continues the type of music which made him popular in the first place, he does use some of his lines on these triumphant songs to give praise to the Lord and to touch on the issues plaguing the world in which he caters to. Rick Ross acknowledges God Forgives, I Don’t, itself, being a sin, as all humans are expected to forgive, but he owns this sin and delivers another notable opus, based on his imperfection. Few rappers in his position have ever done this.

As soon as Rick Ross announced God Forgives, I Don’t, everyone from his own fans and critics knew it would be a commercial success. But, following the trend of Teflon Don, the album is already a critical success. Early last year, Rick Ross predicted this album would be better than his last and he easily accomplishes this feat with the instant classic, God Forgives, I Don’t, easily the best album in Rick Ross’ discography.

Hip Hop Vibe’s Rating: 9/10