God Forgives, I Don't

God Forgives, I Don't

by Rick RossRick Ross


Going cinematic comes easy when your life's a movie, and since Rick Ross' previous 12 months included platinum albums, numerous awards, and some pre-gig CPR and resuscitation on an airport runway, it seemed sensible that the Miami rap superstar cited Scorsese and Tarantino as influences for God Forgives, I Don't. "Yeah, such a breath of fresh air/Get a blowjob, have a seizure on a Lear" is the typically brutish and bold way he addresses the recent past on the great, familiar anthem "Maybach Music IV," but his detractors should note that he didn't cite Michael Bay or Brett Ratner as influences, meaning he's looking not just for bombast but for that new, kinetic kind of gangster noir, just like Marty and Quentin. On key track "3 Kings," he's found it, acting as a Tony Soprano-type character whose thoughts bounce between the meaning of life and the table dance happening in front of him, while mammoth guest Jay-Z shows up with some free-association freestyling that's wonderfully clumsy and fun, while stone-cold legend Dr. Dre uses the loose atmosphere to growl and drop some product placement ("You should listen to this beat through my headphones"). Hip-hop royalty being so free and flippant takes the superstar team-up cut to another level, and when it comes to putting his Maybach spin on new ground, Ross proves he can thrive in "Prototype"-like surroundings during the smooth as silk "Sixteen," which slowly struts over eight minutes of J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League-produced elegance with OutKast's Andre 3000 along for the ride. Being overly serious is never an issue as Ross chills in the red-light district during "Amsterdam," offering big-boy insults like "You a bitch, where your Honda Accord?" along with the depraved brilliance of "I laughin' at the people who labeled me poor/Now I'm pissin' on Europeans, you'd think it was porn." Then, three of the expected thug tracks -- "Hold Me Back," "911," and "So Sophisticated," with Meek Mill -- help anchor the album before it's on to the unexplored with a Pharell Williams-helmed finger-snapping cut ("Presidential"), some naked passion with Omarion ("Ice Cold"), and a bright cut with Wale and Drake that compares fine woman to health food ("Diced Pineapples"). All of it works, there's plenty of ambition with little overreaching, and the most striking bits of the album are striking for unexpected reasons. That makes three lavish triumphs in a row for Ross, with this one being the richest.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/31/2012
Label: Def Jam
UPC: 0602527889221
catalogNumber: 001634302

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rick Ross   Primary Artist
Eric Hudson   Keyboards
Pierre Medor   Keyboards
Joi Starr   Background Vocals
Shateria Moragne-El   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Dr. Dre   Producer
Sylvia Striplin   Composer
John Rivers   Engineer
Deborah Mannis-Gardner   Sample Clearance
Pharrell Williams   Composer,Producer
André Benjamin   Composer
Christopher Wallace   Composer
Ke'Noe   Producer
Chris Atlas   Marketing
R. Williams   Composer
Pierre Medor   Composer,Programming,Producer
Jennifer Beal   Package Production
Jake One   Producer,Engineer
Tai Linzie   Artwork,Photo Production
Rico Love   Composer,Producer
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League   Producer
Cool   Producer
TaVon Sampson   Art Direction
Dave Wooster   Engineer
Cardiak   Producer
Moses Gallart   Engineer
E. Ortiz   Composer
C. McCormick   Composer
S. Slater   Composer
W. Pickett   Composer
K. Crowe   Composer
J. Dutton   Composer
W. Roberts   Composer
J. Murphy   Composer
M. Simon   Composer
J. Osborne   Composer
A. Tucker   Composer
R. Walker   Composer
M. Jordan   Composer
L. Porter   Composer
Mike Larson   Arranger,Engineer
William Roberts   Composer
Thurston McCrea   Engineer
Marcello Valenzano   Composer
Alex "Gucci Pucci" Bethune   Management
Kyle Myricks   Composer
Young Shun   Producer
Ricky Rozay   Executive Producer
Nikolas Marzouka   Arranger
Matt Collis   Engineer
Beat Bully   Producer
Jermaine Preyan   Composer
G5kid   Producer
Ruggy   Engineer
Reefa   Producer
Got Koke   Producer

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