Album Review: Rick Ross “Black Dollar” by Blade Brown
Hot off the heels of a small jail stint and an embarrassing loss for Meek Mill at the hands of Drake, MMG boss Rick Ross returns to the scene with a new project, Black Dollar.
The album opens with “Foreclosures”, and it opens with a bang. Ross goes all in on this track, even lightly addressing the Meek/Drake beef stating that the Boss has never taken a loss. While some might argue that 50 Cent had better diss records, Ross’ star has risen since his clash with Curtis. Something no other rapper can honestly say, no matter how good their disses were. The Dream provides his talents to “Money Dance”. It could’ve been a classic Rozay song, but a long length and boring hook holds it back. Fortunately, the same can’t be said for the Anthony Hamilton assisted “Icon” which is pure fire.
“We Gon Make It”, “Money & Powder”, “Drive A Nigga Crazy” & Geechi Liberace” are all stellar tracks. All worthy of being on a Rick Ross album. Wale and Meek Mill are the only two MMG artist featured in the mixtape, and both bring their A-Game on “World’s Finest” & “Beautiful Lie” respectively. While “Bel-Air” is a decent cut, the rest of the project doesn’t fare that well. “Bill Gates” is another typical Ross track, but it’s not as impressive. Future and August Alsina both lend their vocals to songs that can be described as filler material. The biggest issue with the mixtape is its length. If he had released it as an EP it could’ve been a great warm up to an upcoming album. Or even if he took some more time with it, he could’ve put out a 10-12 song full album to add to his catalog.
In the end what we get is a rushed project that is put out conveniently after Meek Mill gets slaughtered by Drake. While the project is solid, it’s definitely not a home run. Which is what Ross himself needed after he put out his previous rushed project, “Hood Billionaire” last year. The best way to describe this CD: Close but no cigar.
Top 5 Songs:
We Gon Make It
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