The most anticipated hip-hop album of the year has finally been released; Rozay has dropped ‘God Forgives, I Don’t’. Fans of Ross have been waiting for him to drop a big album for a while, both ‘MMG Presents: Self Made, Vol. 1’ and ‘MMG Presents: Self Made, Vol. 2′ have previewed Rozay to his fans and shown how he is evolving, but this solo album is different, it shows Ross’ own creation. Drake spoke about the album in an interview with MTV, he said that “the only way I can describe it, it’s like Snoop Dogg’s ‘Doggystyle’, The Notorious B.I.G.’s ‘Ready To Die’, or Clipse’s ‘Lord Willin’ or any of the albums that I collected and held on to as a kid — whether it was cassette or CD.”
A few days before the album was released, Ross dropped two songs that feature on the album – “3 Kings” featuring Dr. Dre and Jay-Z, and “Diced Pineapples” featuring Drake and Wale; both songs became trending topics on Twitter; no surprise. Coming to the album, Ross opens with a skit named “Pray For Us” – setting a clear definition of what he has tried to establish with the album title ‘God Forgives, I Don’t’, kids form the ghetto don’t have much guidance, but Ross understands that they have God, and when you’re in the ghetto, God is the only one that can forgive you. The first song on the album is called “Pirates”, he sees him and his MMG family as pirates of the hip-hop sea – pardon the metaphor. Strangely, even the instrumental gives off a pirate vibe, which doesn’t seem as if it would suit the hip-hop genre, let alone this album; surprisingly, it presents a brilliant beginning to the album, One line is this track that stands out is “God forgives and I don’t, only hustlers relate…”, Ross has always seen himself as a hustler, from the days of ‘Port Of Miami’ until now. Kenoe and Got Koke have produced a killer intro to the album, props to them. Next comes to song dropped previous to the album release, “3 Kings”, featuring two legends in the game, Dr. Dre and Jay-Z; Dre starts off the track with his well-renowned, magical lyricism, that has recently been shown on other songs such as “The Recipe” by Kendrick Lamar. Ross goes in after Dre, he sounds as good as ever, his flow doesn’t change but his lyrics and presence on a track always makes it a banger. Last but not least, it’s no other than Jay-Z, a huge artist to feature on this album, he goes in with “King H.O, y’all should know by now”, HOV isn’t the only king on this track, all three of these artists are kings (obviously suggested by the title). There had to be a song with Maybach in the title, and with that comes “Maybach Music IV” featuring Ne-Yo – Ross hasn’t produced an album with single hits, he’s produced a project that is consistently excellent throughout, “Maybach Music IV” is one of the variants of the album, opposing songs like “Triple Beam Dreams” and “Hold Me Back”. “So Sophisticated” is another popular track from this album, this was another song released previous to the album, on June 5th. Rozay and his MMG brother Meek Mill put work in on this track; The Beat Bully, who has recently been signed to YMCMB, produced this banger. This song really represents Maybach Music Group, all of the artists on the team are natives to beats like this, it’s only natural for them to lay down hot verses. Ross does well on this track, sophistication comes from his wealth and amount of popularity, he mentions “the game sweet, gave all of my niggas an occupation” – suggesting that hip-hop shouldn’t be doomed as bad, for some, it makes everything a lot better, as it did for Ross, presumably. Meek Mill has been doing his thing this year, he has been murdering every track and collaboration that he’s done, he continues this rhythm in “So Sophisticated”, Meek changes up his style, he is composed and he is confident, his spits pure fire. “Diced Pineapples” is one of the biggest tracks of the album, there is a previous article below, specifically focusing on the track, feel free to take a look. The last two tracks on the album were added as part of the ‘Deluxe Version’, both of these songs featured on Rick Ross’ previous mixtape ‘Rich Forever’. Although, the “Triple Beam Dreams” instrumental has been tweaked since the mixtape, it sounds more composed, more sophisticated.
Anyhow, give the album a listen, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.
Album Rating: 8/10
1. Pray For Us
3. 3 Kings feat. Dr. Dre & Jay-Z
5. Maybach Music IV feat. Ne-Yo
6. Sixteen feat. André 3000
8. Hold Me Back
10. So Sophisticated feat. Meek Mill
11. Presidential feat. Elijah Blake
12. Ice Cold feat. Omarion
13. Touch ‘N You feat. Usher
14. Diced Pineapples feat. Wale & Drake
15. Ten Jesus Pieces feat. Stalley