At this point in his career, Rick Ross doesn’t necessarily need to put out a full-length album. He’s already landed to money, power, and respect, and has even has a woman many men (and women) would lust after. But then again, being complacent has never been his forte either.
Many consider his fourth album Teflon Don to be his greatest work thus far, and while Rick’s subsequent albums has shown flashes of brilliance (“3 Kings,” “Sanctified,” “Sixteen”) the full bodies of work (God Forgives, I Don’t, Mastermind, Hood Billionaire) have arguably not been quite up to par. Perhaps it’s these two reasons, then, why Rick has leaned more toward the soulful backdrops found in his recent mixtape Black Dollar that were reminiscent of his 2010 opus. And judging by some of the warm-up releases to his eighth album, Black Market, this project promises to harken back to his “Live Fast, Die Young” days.
With guest appearances by John Legend, The-Dream, Mary J Blige, Mariah Carey, Chris Brown, Cee-Lo Green, Future, DJ Premier and others, Black Market is available for stream below and purchase on iTunes.