Rick Ross
God Forgives, I Don't


3.5
great

Review

by Askar S Imam USER (11 Reviews)
July 31st, 2012 | 157 replies | 11,523 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Rick Ross is preaching – But who's listening?

7 of 9 thought this review was well written

I started listening to God Forgives, I Don’t while playing around on my iPhone, just focusing in and out, using the smooth beats and Ross’s gruffs as background music. It wasn’t until the 6th track Sixteen, that I lost focus on my game and momentarily started listening to Rick Ross’s rapping. And I realized: he was good.

Rick Ross’s adventure into Hip-Hop music is an eclectic tale, filled with lies, deceit, braggadocio and Mafioso. His rise from being just another generic Southern gangster rapper to THE generic Southern gangster rapper is impressive to say the least: Surviving battles with [a then relevant] 50 Cent, the revelations of his past career and overtaking Lil Wayne as the voice of the South, Rick Ross has truly staked a claim on the rap music turf, by hook or by crook.

To be fair to him, however, he has steadily improved his skills both lyrically and as a businessman; and God Forgives, I Don’t is the culmination of that. Now on this 5th album, Rick Ross still retains the hunger of an upcoming emcee, but builds on that with some thoughtful observations, catchy as hell hooks (minus Hold Me Back) and well-timed punchlines. Rick Ross’s main skill has always been to stay true to what he does best, while managing to retain a commercial appealing sound and this album doesn’t lack that characteristic. Of course, the mindless self-indulgence is present, along with Ross’s stories to selling drugs and being the legit tough guy we all know he is. But there is also a certain undeniable charm to him.

The best thing that can be said about Rick Ross and his albums is that they are oozing of charisma. Ross knows how to find a beat that suits his style of rapping and rides it skillfully and knows exactly when to let the song breathe. A perfect example is Pirates where he builds a verse of gambling & hustling, but not being so overwhelming that the listener might stop caring about what (if anything) Ross is saying: “Hallucination of money, while nigga's stomach just rumble - Had to *** with the Haitians and break a kilo to crumbles - Nigga living in rubble, within him labelled the rebel - Any nigga wanna rumble, somebody hand me a shovel” On 3 Kings Ross’s energy is even able to zap the otherwise comatose Jay-Z and Dr. Dre into action, who sound charged and actually giving a damn. The André 3000 assisted Sixteen puts both the rappers as their best, with long, focused verses, directed by the theme of the song: “Having a dope beat, dope idea - Sixteen bars ain't enough!”

The generic singles are also here, with catchy R&B hooks that are meant to be played nowhere else besides on the radio and at clubs, which includes the over-sexed Touch’N You with a simplified, yet X-rated chorus from Usher. As with every Rick Ross album, featured artist are meant to fit into the theme and sound complimentary, as they do here. Amongst all his label mates, only Stalley impresses, on the closer Ten Jesus Pieces, who, while not amazing, shouldn’t be taken lightly either. It’s also becomes evident that all Southern rap albums have to incorporate a clap-beat rhythm in their music (it’s a part of the cache) This Post-Lex Luger influence is seamed into this album too, despite the absence of the man himself. Both Hold Me Back and 911 are built from the “trap” sound, where the former sounds like the dyslexic cousin of Ross’s earlier hit B.M.F.

Ross’s God Forgives, I Don’t is the most impressive addition to his catalogue of hits and thrills, which begs the question: If Rick Ross is improving with every album, by the time he reaches his magnum opus, will anyone care? Is there anyone waiting in anticipation until that does happen? If so, then rejoice, because that day is coming. Just know it might take a while.



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Casablanca
July 31st 2012



262 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good for what it is.

Hep Kat
July 31st 2012



14022 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

good singles, lots of filler

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intotheshit
July 31st 2012



3421 Comments


Everyone's listening. He's on the radio every 3 minutes.

elephantREVOLUTION
July 31st 2012



2702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

still need to check this out. good review

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
July 31st 2012



9492 Comments


Awesome review.

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Casablanca
July 31st 2012



262 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks people

It's an album you can really enjoy for a few listens, but no real replay value.

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
July 31st 2012



8958 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I think he lacks a lot of the charisma that he had on Rich Forever and Teflon Don but that's just me

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kingsoby1
Emeritus
July 31st 2012



4830 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i feel like all of his songs sound the same. nice review

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breakingthefragile
July 31st 2012



2935 Comments


Beat me to reviewing this man. Don't know if there's any need to review it now considering I pretty much have the same stance you do. Ah, what the hell might as well still review it, but anyway, good review, you get a pos from me.

Casablanca
July 31st 2012



262 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@breakingthefragile You should, dude.

@sobhi, that's true, but there's enough "spice" to keep this fresh for a couple of spins

HighandDriving
July 31st 2012



3232 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ashamed is dope.

Why isn't I Love My Bitches not on this?

LifeAsAChipmunk
July 31st 2012



4854 Comments


Shame that it generally seems to be less liked than the last. The last album was good, yet not outstanding but always managed to keep your interest the way through.

Nevertheless, I'll give this listen or two.

MMX
July 31st 2012



4647 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Enjoying this a lot more than I probably should

jimmykidd
July 31st 2012



520 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

im liking this. its probably his best work. nice review!

TheFonz123
July 31st 2012



2795 Comments


this guy is one of the biggest posers in the music industry, and he's an overrated rapper

TheFonz123
July 31st 2012



2795 Comments


good review and I download this

illmitch
July 31st 2012



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh fuck yeah new rick ross been so pumped for this

listening now

Casablanca
July 31st 2012



262 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is basically Ross at his best. So take what you want from that.


AtavanHalen
July 31st 2012



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

andre's verse/guitar is amazing

PistolPete
July 31st 2012



3462 Comments


lol who put "grind" as a genre on Rick Ross' artist page? Amazing i wuv you

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