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God Forgives, I Don't

Rick Ross

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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. ~ David Jeffries

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1
Pray For Us (Album Version (Explicit)) 00:00:59

Rick Ross, MainArtist - John Singleton, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group

2
Pirates (Album Version (Explicit)) 00:03:23

William Roberts, ComposerLyricist - Booker T. Jones, ComposerLyricist - Fabian Marasciullo, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - William Bell, ComposerLyricist - John Rivers, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rick Ross, MainArtist - Maurice Jordan, ComposerLyricist - Matthew Furdge, ComposerLyricist - Got Koke, Producer - Kenoe, Producer - Alexander Dilliplane, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group

3
3 Kings (Album Version (Explicit)) 00:04:21

Shawn Carter, ComposerLyricist - Eric Hudson, Additional Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - William Roberts, ComposerLyricist - Mauricio Iragorri, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jake One, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rick Ross, MainArtist - Dr. Dre, Mixer, FeaturedArtist, StudioPersonnel - Jay Z, FeaturedArtist - J Dutton, ComposerLyricist - Clara Shepherd, ComposerLyricist - James Weary, ComposerLyricist - JoiStaRR, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Collis, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Wooster, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group

4
Ashamed (Album Version (Explicit)) 00:04:16

William Roberts, ComposerLyricist - Andre Lyon, ComposerLyricist - Marcello Valenzano, ComposerLyricist - Wilson Pickett, ComposerLyricist - Fabian Marasciullo, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Cool, Producer - John Rivers, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rick Ross, MainArtist - Dr. Dre, Producer - Jean Alain N.H. Roussel, ComposerLyricist - Marty Simon, ComposerLyricist - Anthony Chalk, ComposerLyricist - Alexander Dilliplane, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group

5
Maybach Music IV (Album Version (Explicit)) 00:05:14

William Roberts, ComposerLyricist - Leslie Brathwaite, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Producer - Shaffer Smith, ComposerLyricist - Ne-Yo, FeaturedArtist - John Rivers, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rick Ross, MainArtist - Moses Gallart, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Erik Ortiz, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Crowe, ComposerLyricist - Kenneth Bartolomei, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group

6
Sixteen (Album Version (Explicit)) 00:08:15

André Benjamin, ComposerLyricist - William Roberts, ComposerLyricist - Leslie Brathwaite, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Producer - Andre 3000, FeaturedArtist - John Rivers, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rick Ross, MainArtist - Erik Ortiz, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Crowe, ComposerLyricist - Kenneth Bartolomei, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group

7
Amsterdam (Album Version (Explicit)) 00:03:44

William Roberts, ComposerLyricist - Fabian Marasciullo, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Rivers, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rick Ross, MainArtist - Cardiak, Producer - Carl McCormick, ComposerLyricist - Alain Gandolfi, ComposerLyricist - Alain Mion, ComposerLyricist - Alexander Dilliplane, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group

8
Hold Me Back (Album Version (Explicit)) 00:04:27

J. Murphy, ComposerLyricist - W. Roberts, ComposerLyricist - Fabian Marasciullo, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Rivers, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rick Ross, MainArtist - Alexander Dilliplane, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - G5Kid, Producer - Julius Preston, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group

9
911 (Album Version (Explicit)) 00:05:29

William Roberts, ComposerLyricist - Fabian Marasciullo, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Rivers, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rick Ross, MainArtist - Young Shun, Producer - Roshun Walker, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group

10
So Sophisticated (Album Version (Explicit)) 00:04:06

William Roberts, ComposerLyricist - Jermaine Preyan, ComposerLyricist - Fabian Marasciullo, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Rivers, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rick Ross, MainArtist - Meek Mill, FeaturedArtist - Robert Williams, ComposerLyricist - Anthony Tucker, ComposerLyricist - Maurice Jordan, ComposerLyricist - Alexander Dilliplane, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ruggy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beat Bully, Producer

℗ 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group

11
Presidential (Album Version (Explicit)) 00:04:09

Lamont Porter, ComposerLyricist - William Roberts, ComposerLyricist - Pharrell Williams, ComposerLyricist - Christopher Wallace, ComposerLyricist - Pharrell, Producer - Roy Ayers, ComposerLyricist - John Rivers, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rick Ross, MainArtist - James Bedford, ComposerLyricist - Sylvia Striplin, ComposerLyricist - Matthew Desremeaux, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Larson, Recording Engineer, Unknown, Recording Arranger, Other, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Nate Burgess, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nikolas Marzouka, Mixer, Unknown, Recording Arranger, Other, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Elijah Blake, FeaturedArtist - Sean David Fenton, ComposerLyricist - Shateria Moragne-el, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group

12
Ice Cold (Album Version (Explicit)) 00:03:49

Omari Grandberry, ComposerLyricist - William Roberts, ComposerLyricist - Fabian Marasciullo, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Omarion, FeaturedArtist - John Rivers, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rick Ross, MainArtist - Reefa, Producer - Reefa A.K.A Sharif E Slater, ComposerLyricist - Alexander Dilliplane, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group

13
Touch'N You (Album Version (Explicit)) 00:04:12

Richard Butler, ComposerLyricist - Pierre Medor, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - William Roberts, ComposerLyricist - Robert Marks, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Huber, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Usher, FeaturedArtist - Rico Love, Producer - Rick Ross, MainArtist - Diego Avendano, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nathan Burgess, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Thurston McCrea, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group

14
Diced Pineapples (Album Version (Explicit)) 00:04:36

W. Roberts, ComposerLyricist - Olubowale Akintimehin, ComposerLyricist - Fabian Marasciullo, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Drake, FeaturedArtist - Aubrey Graham, ComposerLyricist - John Rivers, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rick Ross, MainArtist - Cardiak, Producer - Carl McCormick, ComposerLyricist - Wale, FeaturedArtist - Alexander Dilliplane, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group

15
Ten Jesus Pieces (Album Version (Explicit)) 00:06:50

William Roberts, ComposerLyricist - Leslie Brathwaite, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Producer - John Rivers, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rick Ross, MainArtist - Erik Ortiz, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Crowe, ComposerLyricist - Jeffrey Osborne, ComposerLyricist - Kenneth Bartolomei, ComposerLyricist - Stalley, FeaturedArtist - Kyle Myricks, ComposerLyricist - Leon Franklin, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group

16
Triple Beam Dreams (Album Version (Explicit)) 00:04:37

Nasir Jones, ComposerLyricist - William Roberts, ComposerLyricist - Leslie Brathwaite, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Producer - John Rivers, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nas, FeaturedArtist - Rick Ross, MainArtist - Erik Ortiz, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Crowe, ComposerLyricist - Kenneth Bartolomei, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group

17
Rich Forever (Album Version (Explicit)) 00:04:53

William Roberts, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Cossom, ComposerLyricist - John Stephens, ComposerLyricist - John Legend, FeaturedArtist - John Rivers, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rick Ross, MainArtist - Jason Agel, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Filthy, Producer, Co-Producer - Bigram Zayas, ComposerLyricist - Matthew DelGiorno, ComposerLyricist - Stephen Hacker, ComposerLyricist - DVLP, Producer

℗ 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group

Album Description

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. ~ David Jeffries

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