First of all, let’s all face the fact that Rick Ross is never going to be the thinking man’s rapper and to be honest I don’t think he has ever even tried. His records tend to be more club orientated ‘Trap Anthems’. He returns to us now however with his brand new album entitled ‘Mastermind’.
As per usual, Ross’s uber cool grunts and single syllable lyricism (Which could have been ghost written, who knows?) has been rapidly enhanced through the production magic of Kanye West, J.U.S.T.I.C.E, Scott Storch and Mike Will Made It just to name a few. The general make up of pretty much every track seems to be “Make it sound cool, nobody is listening to the lyrics” which to be perfectly honest is a fair assumption.
These tracks are built around Rick Ross’s unforgettable vocal tones rather than his lyricism and once you realise that the album becomes a pretty enjoyable listen. There are certainly some gems to be found throughout the album, for instance what I believe is the first collaboration between Rick Ross and The Weeknd entitled ‘In Vein’. The Weeknd’s typical luscious vocal tones flood the mix and provide an interesting base over which Rick Ross says some cool words.
Another interesting collaboration takes place over some sort of extra-terrestrial reggae trap hybrid instrumental. I never thought I would see Sizzla, Movado and Rick Ross on one track together, and I was pleasantly surprised. Again the track is entirely driven by the genius of the production, but again it doesn’t seem to bother me, the track has a really good vibe to it and therefore it works.
In fact the album is laced with rap superstars, including Kanye West, Jay Z, French Montana, Lil Wayne, Meek Mill and the list could go on. In general though Rick Ross seems to have been allowed to experiment a lot more with the general compositions of the different tracks on this album, which is always a good thing. I think letting go of the fact Rick Ross’s lyrics don’t usually include anything mind boggling will allow most people to enjoy this album for what is what designed for.
The album is now available to purchase from iTunes from by Clicking HERE
Written By Jay McDougall (@SleepYGee1)