I was quite excited for God Forgives, I Don’t. While Rick Ross always does the same stuff album after album, there’s a consistency to it that’s respectable. But this time Ross is offering more of the same to the point of boredom. Ross raps over and over and over about his riches and bitches. And sure, Ross still has it, and offers some convincing bits over the album, but the entire album doesn’t pull together and goes on for too long.
While previous Ross albums were short on faults, this one has quite a few issues and most of it goes on Ross. Rick Ross sounds bored this time around. I guess I should have expected him to sound bland at some point, there’s only so many times you can rap about money before it gets really old.
The beats are good, and there’s little issues in that department, but the constant sample of “Mayback music” starts off sounding kind of lame and by the time the record is half over it’s so annoying it was almost enough for me to turn off the album. “3 Kings” brings in Jay-Z and Dr. Dre but neither bring much to the table and the song is way more underwhelming that one would expect. Having Ne-Yo back up a song is a bad decision for any artist, but it sounds really ill fitting for Ross on “Mayback Music IV”.
“Sixteen” is worst song here with Andre 3000 sounding boring, something I never thought Andre 3000 would be capable of. The song goes on for eight minutes and feels longer. Plus the guitar solo is dreadful. Usher pops up on “Touch’N You” and it’s a mess with the really clean production that does no good, and ever makes Usher sound bad. The “fucking you” line that gets repeated is so bad that I never want to hear the lines “fucking you” in a song ever again.
There’s some nice smooth jazz on “Ten Pieces Jesus” and “Ashamed” has some great soul samples. If more of these kinds of songs had shown up, I would have been more convinced that Rick Ross was doing something serious. Instead Rick Ross spends God Forgives, I Don’t going nowhere with his sound and saying nothing new. Despite the massive list of guests, most of them are so tame that they’re not ever very recognizable with a sound as big as Rick Ross.
Rating: 4.4 out of 10.