The other highlight of the album was the record Sixteen which features Andre 3000. This was another moment where the production and the featured artist completely outshine Ross. J.U.S.T.I.C.E League did their thing on the record, so it really came as no surprise. The real star on the track was 3 Stacks who went on to rap for damn near 5 minutes. I won't be surprised if 3 Stacks cockblocked Big Boi from coming to the studio again. Anyway for the second time, I forgot that I was listening to a Rick Ross album.
Hold Me Back sounded nothing more then a reference track for the Self Made 2 record Actin' Up. 911 pretty much sounded like the previous track which was just lazy and careless in my opinion. So Sophisticated was the only track out of this bunch that I kinda liked, mainly just for Meek Mill's verse (starting to see a pattern here?). Other than that, I always seem to skip that potion of the album. It pretty much fucked up the flow in my opinion.
The third part of this album are mainly the R&B songs which are pretty good for what they are. The Pharrell produced track Presidential (feat. Elijah Blake) is a nice song to listen when you are riding around in your whip feeling the summer breeze. Ice Cold featuring Maybach O a.k.a Omarion is a guaranteed hit, real talk. I really wouldn't be surprised if Ross uses that as the next single, Omarion really kills the hook. Touch'n You (or Fuck'n You), features Usher and its Ross attempt to do a Trey Songz/Drake type record. I never really cared for the song outside of Usher's hook, pretty forgettable unless you getting it on with a chick. Same thing can be said about the Wale and Drake featured record Diced Pineapples. Outside of Drake's hook, and Wale's wannable Maya Angelou spoken word poetry, the track is forgettable. I have a feeling that there is a unreleased Drake verse sitting somewhere in Ross's studio. Guess he didn't want Drizzy to renegade him again (even through through out the album, Ross BEEN getting renegaded).
Ten Jesus Pieces featuring Stalley was a good record to close out the standard issue of the album. Production wise, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League came with it like always. Ross actually shined on this song and was actually equal to Stalley. The two bonus records were songs that were used on the Rich Forever mixtape that came out in January. Triple Beam Dreams which features Nas is mastered now, and it sounds a lot more cinematic then the mixtape version. J.U.S.T.I.C.E League made that song sound more epic then it was before. The same thing can be said about the John Legend featured track Rich Forever, which is also a very epic way to close the album.
But than again...when I read shit like THIS...I am reminded on why I don't like that fat fake fuck..
oh well..It is what it is...
Busby's Review: 3.5/5