17 Songs, 1 Hour 16 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

No rapper has embraced the absurdity of excess better than Rick Ross, a man who once claimed he ate lobster bisque for breakfast and wore a pinky ring that cost twice America’s average household income. But Ross scaled back on 2014’s Mastermind, making room for a mellower, more contemplative mood. And while Black Market isn’t short on tall tales, we do get reflections about mom (“Smile Mama, Smile”), loose, '90s-style beats (DJ Premier’s blunted “Black Opium”), and “Crocodile Python,” where Ross examines the perils of success as intensely as he celebrates it. Also telling: The album’s guest list features more R&B luminaries than it does fellow rappers.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Apple Digital Master

EDITORS’ NOTES

No rapper has embraced the absurdity of excess better than Rick Ross, a man who once claimed he ate lobster bisque for breakfast and wore a pinky ring that cost twice America’s average household income. But Ross scaled back on 2014’s Mastermind, making room for a mellower, more contemplative mood. And while Black Market isn’t short on tall tales, we do get reflections about mom (“Smile Mama, Smile”), loose, '90s-style beats (DJ Premier’s blunted “Black Opium”), and “Crocodile Python,” where Ross examines the perils of success as intensely as he celebrates it. Also telling: The album’s guest list features more R&B luminaries than it does fellow rappers.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

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4 Ratings

GA-Biker Boy ,

Underrated

Very underrated from the now KING OF THE SOUTH

DenzelCurryTakesAnLEveryDay ,

Rick Ross is a trash rapper

Some of the production is classic hip hop production, but it should've gone to someone more deserving as Rick Ross is a terrible "lyricist" on the mic. He is very boring and he only raps about drugs he's never sold, guns he's never owned, girls he's probably never smashed, liquors he probably has never drank, money he probably hasn't spent, cars he probably can't even fit inside of, and food he's never eaten. (Well come to think of it, he probably has eaten the food.)

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