Rick Ross – Port Of Miami 2
We’re always a bit wary when a rapper releases an album that name-checks an earlier, successful release. It’s almost as if they are trying to reignite past glories and can be a sign that their last couple of projects didn’t do as well as they hoped. So, when we heard Rick Ross was releasing a follow-up to ‘Port of Miami’ we wondered if he was feeling the pressure…
From the outset it is clear that Rozay is sticking to his guns to deliver ‘bawse’ rhymes about the money he makes, the goods he owns, and the girls who are hollering at him…
Check out the single ‘Turnpike Ike:’
Not that that’s a bad thing – it has been the foundation of Rick’s career as a rapper, and there’s no doubt he can rhyme. Plus, Rick has some solid support from Wale, Gunplay, Meek Mill, Swizz Beatz, Lil Wayne, John Legend, and Drake (to name a few!).
Of course, a lot of attention has already gone to ‘Rich N*gga Lifestyle,’ as it features the late Nipsey Hussle (although it is also one of the stand-out tracks on the album too):
If there are any complaints it is Rick Ross’ penchant for starting the tracks slowly, making it seem like a bit of a chore waiting each song to get going.
In isolation, this approach works well, such as the atmospheric and soulful, ‘Maybach Music VI:’
However, across the length of the hour and six-minute album, you may find yourself wishing for some more immediacy.
So, while ‘Port Of Miami 2’ is a decent enough album, which should please and appease Rick’s long-standing fanbase, it feels a bit like he is going through the motions and just doing what he does.
Track-for-track ‘Port Of Miami 2‘ is OK (if not always outstanding) but, as a full album, it just all gets a bit boring.
There are decent tracks here, but we suggest you try before you buy!