1. Rick Ross, Rich Forever
Label: Maybach Music Group/Def Jam/Warner Bros.
Released: January 6th
Rich Forever tops this list for two reasons. For one it introduced us to the phrase "Bitch, you wasn't with me shooting in the gym," which is a motto to live by of course. Secondly, it showed that Rick Ross isn't only rich when it comes to currency. He's also rich with ideas. The Boss' charm relies on a larger-than-life grandeur he displays on nearly every track he's a part of. But in Rich Forever, substance is just as important as style.
Ross said the mixtape is only an appetizer to God Forgives, I Don't, which drops July 31, but it sure tastes like the main course. You don't tease people with "Triple Beam Dreams"-a drug dealer chronicle that features one of Nas' most memorable verses ever. You don't say there's bigger things in store when you're already riding the same whips as LeBron, rolling on the same strip as Wade, and burning the same piff as Wiz ("Party Heart" f/ 2 Chainz and Stalley). But that's what Ross is doing: living that life in each of these 20 tracks. In "Key To The Crib" f/ Styles P, he mentions "My next move. God Forgives, I Don't, I think you'll love it." We'll take his word for it.