Rick Ross, God Forgives, I Don't (2012)
Label: Mercury/Island Def Jam
Saving grace: "So Sophisticated"
Clunker: "Ice Cold" f/ OmarionBy the time Rick Ross's God Forgives, I Don't dropped, he was securely on top of the rap game. His MMG protégés Meek Mill and Wale were thriving, Rich Forever was one of the hottest mixtapes of the year, and he topped MTV's Hottest MCs in the Game list the year prior. More importantly, he was on a streak of hot albums: Deeper than Rap was solid and Teflon Don was absolutely excellent. So, it's 100% safe to say that expectations were high for God Forgives.
The struggle to find a single was an early sign of problems, but when the album finally came out it was noticeably underwhelming. "Hold Me Back," while enjoyable, doesn't hold a candle to it's Teflon Don counterpart "B.M.F." The rest of the album lacks the depth that made it's predecessor so excellent. Ultimately the album didn't do much to lessen Ross's domination of the rap game, but it was a step back musically. And in a growing trend, it couldn't compare his free mixtape from the same year, Rich Forever. —Max Goldberg