Review Roundup: Rick Ross – ‘God Forgives, I Don’t’

God Forgives, I Don't

No one can hold Rick Ross back. After making his debut six years ago with Port of Miami, the Maybach Music CEO has steadily risen up the ranks to become one of hip-hop’s most prolific MCs. The Bawse’s fifth album God Forgives, I Don’t arrives this week boasting big-name collaborations with Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, André 3000, and Usher, plus top-notch production from Pharrell, Rico Love, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Cool & Dre, and more. Rozay calls it his best work yet. Do the critics agree? The reviews are in.

Entertainment Weekly: The Miami native embodies his distorted version of the gangsta American dream so completely that he manages to transcend cliché. … Sure, he’s been bragging about his rep since his 2006 debut, but God Forgives is the first album that really feels like it was made by a boss. A-

Los Angeles Times: The new disc extends an over-the-top hot streak that began with 2009′s Deeper Than Rap and includes Teflon Don, from 2010; it’s rooted in the same lush production sound and name-checks just as many ultra-high-end luxury brands—even the Lear jet on which the second of his seizures struck. 3/4

Rolling Stone: There are times when God Forgives is as engrossing and surprising as rap can be. Over beats that alternate between sparkling, decadent string arrangements and assaultive, synthesized blare, Ross pretzels hip-hop’s familiar rags-to-riches arc into a Möbius strip, slaloming around an autobiographical timeline that may or may not be his own. 4/5

USA Today: MTV’s reigning “hottest MC in the game” isn’t bashful about his artistic and entrepreneurial success, though you’re never sure where reality ends and hyperbole begins in his platinum-plated boasts. What is certain, though, is his knack for painting pictures of his bootstraps rise and current luxe life in bold strokes over beats to match. 3/4

The Boston Globe: While not as electrifying as Teflon Don, this 70-minute set deftly mixes grandiose gestures and ominous bravado. He still deals familiar hip-hop tropes, but they are balanced by a new gravitas including references to mortality and the seizures he experienced last year.

The Associated Press: His fifth solo album in six years is loaded with undeniable quality tunes, making his new offering his most well-balanced piece of work to date. It’s clear that the burly, bearded Ross—who normally dons black shades—has made strides as a lyricist and storyteller.

Rap-Up’s Favorite Tracks: “3 Kings,” “Hold Me Back,” “Touch’N You”



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29 Comments

  1. wes

    teflon don and rich forever were better projects- except for maybe the production on gfid

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    edison Reply:

    @wes,
    SMH THIS IS NO WAY A GOOD ALBUM RICH FOREVER WAS BETTER

    THIS WILL NEVER BE UP THERE WITH THE CLASSICS

    I JUST CANT BELIEVE THE HYPE HE GETS……..

    THIS GUY IS JUST LIKE ANOTHER RAPPER……….

    HES NOT SPECIAL LKE JAY OR DR.DRE OR KANYE…………………….

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  2. Angger Eka Permana

    YOU THE BOSS is better than all those track list.

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  3. Jay

    I honestly think its a classic, I stil think Rich Forever should have been a album though, i really lie #GFID cause its a smooth album although u have yo signature Rick Ross cuts like Hold me back, 911, and so sophisticated. Other then that the album is somethin u can bump all day! #NoLie

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    edison Reply:

    @Jay, SMH THIS IS NO WAY A GOOD ALBUM RICH FOREVER WAS BETTER

    THIS WILL NEVER BE UP THERE WITH THE CLASSICS

    I JUST CANT BELIEVE THE HYPE HE GETS……..

    THIS GUY IS JUST LIKE ANOTHER RAPPER……….

    HES NOT SPECIAL LKE JAY OR DR.DRE OR KANYE…………………….

    THIS IS NOT A CLASSIC…………..

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    I3 Reply:

    @edison, U are a h a t e r go find a new life

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  4. edison

    SMH THIS IS NO WAY A GOOD ALBUM RICH FOREVER WAS BETTER

    THIS WILL NEVER BE UP THERE WITH THE CLASSICS

    I JUST CANT BELIEVE THE HYPE HE GETS……..

    THIS GUY IS JUST LIKE ANOTHER RAPPER……….

    HES NOT SPECIAL LKE JAY OR DR.DRE OR KANYE…………………….

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    Tev Reply:

    @edison, how many times r u going to post that

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    Truth Reply:

    @Tev, lmao hes pressed trying to get his point across the Critics have spoken. A nobody is trying to make his opinion valid lmaooo. Have several seats @Edison

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    I3 Reply:

    @Truth, truth and nothing but truth lol

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  5. Brionna

    The album is a little too smooth for my liking i was expecting something a little different but nevertheless, it’s a solid album

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  6. Agdaking

    Classic

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  7. Truth

    The critics have spoken Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone both gave it a near perfect score. This album is a classic if you dont think so you better listen to the album again.

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    _iamjones Reply:

    @Truth, its no way a classic good features but as far as a ablum it could had been better cause rich forever he went hard on that

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  8. StillDaBaddest

    Just needed an old school 305 grimey Rick x Trina collab, other than that the album is HOT

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  9. Barcinho

    WHHHHHHHHHHHATTTTTTT AN ALBUM. ALBUM OF THA YAYERR!!!!

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  10. Dre

    I Did Feel Like He Should Of Put Trina On There But A Classic In My Hands

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  11. Grant

    Album is good … but because of the features. Not the Officer.

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  12. I3

    this was a very good album

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  13. Jay-Me

    I’m on Pirates & I’m already in love.

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    Jay-Me Reply:

    @Jay-Me, #NoHomo

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  14. Young Pereezy YMCMB-MMG

    Nobody can’t Hold The Boss Back, don’t care what them Haters say. ‘Real Hip Hop’
    But I can’t decide which one is the best Hip Hop album of 2012 ”Tyga’s Careless world or Rozay’s god forgives, I don’t.

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  15. DrakeTakeCare

    first of all rap-up…drake is the biggest feature on there so don’t let him out …
    and “diced pineapples” not a favourite?! ohh okayy

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  16. Dan

    First off, shame on Rap-Up to name “Hold Me Back” as one of their favorite tracks. Opinions are opinions, but judging by their past history of album favorites, this track shouldn’t be anywhere near this list. Presidential, Diced Pineapples, and Ashamed just to name a few are much better. Hold Me Back, laziest track on the album by far. Lastly, Life is Good>Channel Orange>Unexpected Arrival>Rich Forever>GFID.

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  17. manhattan mike

    Im a big fan of Teflon Don.To me it was a classic. Keep It real everybody…HE SAYS NOTHING IMPORTANT ON THIS ALBUM.Andre 3000 murdered him on his on s**t.

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  18. andthenidied

    there’s no sayin ths man can’t make good records on this one. I’ve been a fan and payin attention since early-teflon don era. Ross is tough no lie.. No matter how fake his shit tough

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  19. TheDreamer

    I give the album a 4/5. Many great songs on there and the features and production were great. The songs 911 and Hold Me Back were in my opinion the worst songs on the album. But there were so many good ones.

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  20. AJAY

    i dont see what the big deal is in the last year you had a classic mixtape drop and an album that gets a near perfect score either way you love him or hate him Rick Ross is still a talented artist

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  21. Roc it to the D to the GLMO

    Who gonna buy his album, I mean His album gonna Fail

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