Rick Ross
Mastermind


2.5
average

Review

by RivalSkoomaDealer USER (23 Reviews)
March 17th, 2014 | 33 replies


Release Date: 03/04/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I actually managed to finish Mastermind.

I’m sure I’m not alone in saying I’ve never been much of a Rick Ross fan. The whole Scarface inspired narrative of coke slinging kingpin really starts to sound tired six albums into your career. This tale has been done to death, and not just by Ross, to the point where I can’t even fully appreciate Scarface anymore. I understand that Ross isin’t trying to be “relatable,” I just can’t suspend my disbelief enough to invest myself into Ross’ supposed larger than life persona. On top of all that, each album has been plagued by a sound that all seems to run together, making it a challenge to get through even half of a Rick Ross album.

I actually managed to finish Mastermind.

Does that make it a good album? Not particularly. But it doesn’t offend in the way that pretty much all of Ross’ previous efforts have. Ross has finally managed to switch it up a bit. At least sonically, that is. Instead of cooking up the same southern fried sounding beats that start to grate on the listener after several tracks, the production on this album is varied in a way that gives each song its own unique sound.

The guest spots on the album further help to highlight the variations in these tracks. Lead single “The Devil is a Lie” featuring Jay-Z is a prime example. The sample used sounds like it were made for the likes of Jay, and the man actually delivers a verse that (while not all that great) contains more energy than anything he’s put out post-Blueprint 3. “In Vein” has a nice hook from the Weeknd that I’m sure I’ll be tired of once it finds its way into the club. “Sanctified” features a Kanye verse that made me literally laugh out loud (in a good way): “I don’t sweat it, wipe my forehead with a hankerchauuff.” “Thug Cry” contains the first solid Lil’ Wayne verse I’ve heard in several years.

The problem is that in using all of these guests, Ross is completely outshined on his own album. His raps still sound sluggishly out of breath. His verses are still comical at best: “I seen a rich nigga go to jail. / He put wifi in his cell. / Middle of the night my nigga wanna Skype. / I just count money for him that *** just get him hype.” And he’s still barking out the same unrelatably far fetched stories we’ve heard from him for almost a decade now. Unfortunately for Rick Ross, the most memorable and enjoyable moments on the record are never HIS moments.

Mastermind doesn’t really sound like a Rick Ross album. It sort’ve reminds me of when DJ Khaled puts out his annual compilations that feature tracks from all the commercial rap superstars of that year. This album could almost pass for a collaboration rather than a solo artist release. And maybe that’s why I actually made it through the whole thing this time.



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oltnabrick
March 16th 2014


31552 Comments


cool, this album is ok

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SharkTooth
March 16th 2014


6433 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

fuck this guy,
Scarface will ALWAYS be the best Scarface-inspired rapper

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RivalSkoomaDealer
March 16th 2014


975 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

My enjoyment of Rick Ross never extends far beyond the realm of the humorous. But the joke gets old pretty quick.

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Hovse
March 16th 2014


957 Comments


pos'd

SticksmanTheBored
March 17th 2014


206 Comments


Who the hell cares about this anyway?

Btw Fantano's take on this was gold.

SticksmanTheBored
March 17th 2014


206 Comments


Who the hell cares about this anyway?

Btw Fantano's take on this was gold.

Guzzo10
Contributing Reviewer
March 17th 2014


1084 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

This was so shitty

ASnideReturns
March 17th 2014


5241 Comments


That summary though.
Good review, have a pos.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2014


22047 Comments


a lot of trash on this but In Vein is one of my favourite tracks of the year so far

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Buzzkillr
March 24th 2014


1541 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

um, sharktooth, this guy isn't inspired by scarface, he's inspired by rick ross

CrimsonLies
March 31st 2014


2045 Comments


I seen a rich nigga go to jail
He put Wi Fi in his cell
Middle of the night, my nigga wanna Skype
I just count money for him, that shit just get him hype

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
March 31st 2014


9067 Comments


How could you not get through Teflon Don?

Diamondize
March 31st 2014


1367 Comments


My boy rosay disappointed me.

Phlegm
March 31st 2014


5561 Comments


hey wana make out? :b

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Diamondize
March 31st 2014


1367 Comments


Got a bugatti?

CrimsonLies
March 31st 2014


2045 Comments


He's just a fat rich nigga

Phlegm
March 31st 2014


5561 Comments


no but i have a kind heart and a '91 corolla that can take us out of this hellhole

Arcade
Contributing Reviewer
May 28th 2014


3361 Comments


Is this guy good for anything besides grunting on better artists songs

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SharkTooth
May 28th 2014


6433 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Not really

Tunaboy45
November 3rd 2014


3161 Comments


Fuck all these gun toting hip gangster wannabes.

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