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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Rick Ross Mastermind album Review

                                                     Mastermind Album Review
                                                         By. Miguel Zamaguey      

One of the more recognized rappers of his generation; Rick Ross, 38, has build an “empire” as he would put it. With the release of his sixth studio album, Ross is still a figure in the rap game, with his Maybach Music Group imprint he's helped out struggling rappers such as Wale, and signed up & comers such as Meek Mill, Stalley, Rockie Fresh (my favorite of the previously mentioned), and most recently Fat Trel. This time around, Ross focused more on his album since he didn't release a solo album in 2013, the album boasts features from Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, French Montana, The Weeknd, Big Sean, Jeezy (whom he had a feud with recently), and a bonus track features legendary rapper Scarface.

Tracks like 'The Devil is a Lie” which features Jay-z had been released in 2013 to gather hype for the album, songs like “Rich is Gangsta” has a similar feel to previous tracks which featured production from the Justice League, the rapper also takes measly shot at 50 cent. Ross uses a similar instrumental to Notorious B.I.G.'s “You're Nobody”, Ross even had a recording of Diddy on the song while French Montana recites the same chorus Christopher Wallace sang on the original track, then signed to Bad Boy records, (Diddy's label, also the label French Montana is signed to).

The album shows off Ross wide network, songs like “Supreme” & “What A shame” feature production from Scott Storch & a hook from French Montana in which he reprises yet another saying off of classic tracks, (in this one they recite a line off of Wu-tang). “In Vein” features R&B artist The Weeknd who sings a perfect melody to the instrumental, although his length of the verse will make you wonder who's song it really is. Sanctified features Big Sean on the hook and Kanye West on a verse, (who also co-produced the song with DJ Mustard), KW clearly took the best verse off the track. “Thug Cry” featuring Lil Wayne and a light sample of “93 Til” from the Pharcyde, but doesn't dissappoint.

If your looking for a good album with good features this on is for you, as long as you don't mind Mafia Rap & Coke Flow.

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