Rise of an Empire [Deluxe Edition] [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Following in the footsteps of 2009's set We Are Young Money, Rise of an Empire mixes Cash Money veterans with some newcomers to Birdman's hip-hop label. It's a smooth move, introducing new artists alongside Weezy and such, but here, it's an uneven and maybe even expected case of crazy-sexy-cool beating extra-anxious. When it comes to the former, there's Drake stomping over Hit-Boy's Viking-worthy beat on "Trophies," a two-headed monster of a track that pits verses-filled Southern rap victory against an emo-rap chorus ("I'm just tryin' to stay alive and take care of my people/And they ain't got no award for that"). "Senile," with Tyga, Nicki Minaj, and Lil Wayne, is a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Following in the footsteps of 2009's set We Are Young Money, Rise of an Empire mixes Cash Money veterans with some newcomers to Birdman's hip-hop label. It's a smooth move, introducing new artists alongside Weezy and such, but here, it's an uneven and maybe even expected case of crazy-sexy-cool beating extra-anxious. When it comes to the former, there's Drake stomping over Hit-Boy's Viking-worthy beat on "Trophies," a two-headed monster of a track that pits verses-filled Southern rap victory against an emo-rap chorus ("I'm just tryin' to stay alive and take care of my people/And they ain't got no award for that"). "Senile," with Tyga, Nicki Minaj, and Lil Wayne, is a snarky, robotic keeper, plus a great example of how quirky futuristic thug music is something Cash Money excels at. Then there's Nicki on her own, channeling her vicious Roman Zolanski character on the creeping "Lookin A**," a number that combines her raw mixtape past with her star-studded present, and then adds some underground and experimental touches just to show this diva can do most anything. Wayne's solo "Moment" makes massive song number four as it starts off slurring and slow, then seems to awaken and stir itself into a Carter-worthy declaration of independence, but the young bucks only put two kicks through the highlight goalpost: "One Time" (some twerpy and weird cloud rap from Lil Twist) and "Hittin' Like" (brassy singer Shanell combining Beyoncé's power and old-school recess cool for a track that's a true jump-roper's delight). Other Freshman cuts like Euro's "Induction Speech" are bold enough and big enough for inclusion even if they can't reach the towering heights that the senior class provide. Call it a wobbly when it comes to quality, or a showcase for the young that's stolen by the old, but it's best to consider it a simple roster-promoting label compilation that just happens to come with an EP or so worth of fire. [A clean Deluxe Edition was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2014
  • Label: Cash Money
  • UPC: 602537774289
  • Catalog Number: 002036702
  • Sales rank: 38,699

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 We Alright - Euro (5:11)
  2. 2 Trophies - Drake (3:08)
  3. 3 Bang - Euro (4:11)
  4. 4 Senile - Nicki Minaj (3:18)
  5. 5 Induction Speech - Euro (5:21)
  6. 6 One Time - Lil' Twist (4:21)
  7. 7 Hittin Like - Chanel West Coast (2:41)
  8. 8 Lookin A** - Nicki Minaj (2:40)
  9. 9 Fresher Than Ever - Mack Maine (6:46)
  10. 10 Back It Up - Lil' Twist (3:34)
  11. 11 Moment (4:39)
  12. 12 You Already Know - Mack Maine (4:09)
  13. 13 Catch Me at the Light - Shanell (3:28)
  14. 14 Video Model (3:58)
  15. 15 Good Day - Meek Mill (3:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Young Money Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Anthony Vick Composer
Chris Athens Mastering
Sandy Brummels Art Direction
Bryan Williams Composer
Robert Williams Composer
Shanell Woodgett Composer
Ariel Chobaz Engineer
Big A Producer
Speedy Producer
PJ Morton Composer, Producer
Cameron Wallace Composer
Fareed Salamah Engineer
Steve Fisher Engineer
Brandon Jones Engineer
The Runners Producer
Omega Producer
Hit Boy Producer
Detail Producer
Mack Maine Executive Producer
Michael Stevenson Composer
The Olympicks Producer
Noah Shebib Composer, Producer, Engineer
Harvey Miller Composer
D. Stokes Composer
Dwayne Carter Composer, Executive Producer
Kalenna Harper Composer, Vocal Producer
noel fisher Composer
Peter Pankey Composer
B. Parker Composer
Jess Jackson Composer, Producer, Engineer
Ronald "Slim Tha Don" Williams Executive Producer
Sean Buchanan Recording Assistant
Mario Mims Composer
Olivia Smith Art Direction
Edward "Jewfro" Lidow Engineer
Bryan "Baby Birdman" Williams Executive Producer
Keenon Jackson Composer
Onika Maraj Composer
D-Nyce Producer
David Doman Composer
David D.A. Doman Producer
Noel Cadastre Engineer
Cortez Bryant Executive Producer
Lex Luger Producer
S-X Producer
Jarvis Mills Composer
Sam Gumbley Composer
Maurice Brown Composer
Christopher Moore Composer
Sonny Digital Producer
Chauncey Hollis Composer
Jermaine Preyan Composer
Donte Blacksher Composer
B. Wicker Composer
Evan Stewart Recording Assistant
Aubrey Graham Composer
Andy Rodriguez Engineer, Recording Assistant
Hagler Producer
Anthony Lee Norris Composer
Lexus Lewis Composer
Lee On the Beats Producer
Carl Lilly Composer
Eufradis Rodriguez Composer
Goe Engineer
Diome Silva Composer
Aaron O'Brien Composer, Producer
Chris King Engineer
Carl Devonish Composer
BMB Producer
Michael Joshua Composer
Kemion Cooks Composer, Producer
Chelsea Dudley Composer
Widner DeGruy Composer
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