Home > News & Reviews > Rick Ross

Rick Ross - Port of Miami 2 (Album Review)

Tuesday, 20 August 2019 Written by Milly McMahon

Rick Ross’s 10th album serves as a sequel to his debut, revisiting the title and themes of ‘Port of Miami’. Moving to relaxing tempos, exuding the kind of confidence a multi million dollar empire affords, here Ross reflects on the lavish luxuries he commands every day. 

The Floridian rapper has glamorised his life on the fringes, turning his chequered past into a cheque-filled record label and solo career. But where previous albums have sometimes acknowledged struggles and raw emotions, ‘Port of Miami 2’ feels more like a checklist of material achievements.

Big Tyme, featuring Swizz Beatz, is a prime example of Ross announcing his successes over and over again, accompanied by unambitious production from Just Blaze and predictable verses. White Lines, a collab with Dej Loaf is a detached, Disney-esque glimpse into a drug fuelled day. 

Starring our protagonist, Ross raises a blunt to cheers from the police, while his female company, you guessed it, snort and smoke drugs. Bieber-esque backing vocals float in and out as the song draws to a close and the sun sets—the entire track highlights the weak foundations ‘Port of Miami 2’ is built on. Relatability and IRL feelings are glaringly absent. 

There is no grit here. Maybach Music VI, featuring John Legend and Lil Wayne, would be better suited to a lift than a studio, and even Drake’s offering on the closing track Gold Roses passes by without anything to offer in terms of attention-grabbing moments.

As ever, Ross’s voice is smooth, deep and deluxe, and no amount of lazy writing will detract from his impenetrable boss status. ‘Port of Miami 2’ is listenable, but the real disappointment is the unfulfilled potential and missed opportunities as Ross celebrates a décima of album releases. This LP commands work from a line up of hip hop’s most talented players, yet somehow Ross dims the spotlight on himself and his comrades with 66 mediocre minutes of music.





Let Us Know What You Think - Leave A Comment!




Related News

Rick Ross Recruits Drake For New Single Gold Roses
Fri 26 Jul 2019
Rick Ross and Drake have joined forces again.
Rick Ross Lines Up October London Show
Mon 30 Jul 2018
Rick Ross will play a headline London show this autumn.
Rick Ross Releases Green Gucci Suit Video Featuring Future
Mon 25 Jun 2018
Rick Ross has released a video for Green Gucci Suit.
Aitch Announces AitcH20 UK and Ireland Tour
Thu 08 Aug 2019
Aitch has announced a UK and Ireland tour.
Common - Let Love (Album Review)
Tue 03 Sep 2019
‘Let Love’ is Common’s 12th studio album and serves as the self-declared musical iteration of his New York Times bestselling memoir Let Love Have the Last Word. 
Brockhampton - Ginger (Album Review)
Mon 09 Sep 2019
It’s been a frenetic few years for the DIY rap outfit Brockhampton. Having met through online hip hop forums, the self declared boyband released three well received albums throughout 2017 (‘The Saturation Trilogy’), before key member Ameer Vann was kicked out of the group in light of sexual misconduct allegations. 
The Game Announces New Album 'Born 2 Rap', Shares Post-Apocalyptic West Side Video
Mon 05 Aug 2019
The Game has shared a video for West Side, a track from his new album 'Born 2 Rap'.
Snoop Dogg Releases New Track Let Bygones Be Bygones From Upcoming Album 'I Wanna Thank Me'
Thu 08 Aug 2019
Snoop Dogg has shared a new track.
 
< Prev   Next >