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Port of Miami 2: The Sequel

Updated: Aug 24, 2019

After being in the hip-hop scene for 13 years, Rick Ross has released his 10th album "Port of Miami 2" on August 9th, 2019. The cover of the album is a resemblance of the original "Port of Miami" album cover which was Rick Ross debut album in 2006. On the cover of "Port of Miami 2" Ross is holding a pendant with a picture of his friend, Black Bo who died in December 2017. The album was released under Epic Records and Maybach Music Group and it features artists such as Swizz Beatz, Lil' Wayne, Wale, Meek Mill, Drake, Jeezy, Nipsey Hussle, Teyana Taylor and many more.

"Port of Miami 2" starts with the song "Act a Fool" featuring Wale and it also served as the lead single of the album. Good instrumental production on the beat and both artists rapped well on the song. The next song is called "Turnpike Ike" where Ross raps about his luxuries, his boss status, and some skits during the song with Ross talking to a lady he's seducing and she's telling him exactly what he wants to hear. Then we have the song "Nobody's Favorite" featuring Gunplay, which is followed by the song "Summer Reign" featuring Summer Walker on the hook. On that last song, Rick Ross is rapping about the luxurious and comfortable life he can give his lady by making her his everything, and the song samples the 90's R&B female group, SWV's "Rain". "White Lines" is featuring Dej Loaf where the theme of the song is again about Ross being with his lady but this time, he raps about chilling with his girl buying her everything while she's sniffing cocaine, how romantic.

The song "Big Tyme" is featuring Swizz Beats and it's produced by Just Blaze. The song was the second single of the album and with the help of Swizz in the background vocals, Ross raps about no matter what the circumstances and how he came a long way, he will always be at the status of the Big Dog. The following song is called "Bogus Charms" and it's featuring Meek Mill with Sam Harvey on the hook. The two MMG affiliates were rapping about the rules of the streets, who can be loyal and who you have to watch out for and to never forget about educating the youth. At the half of the album, we have the song "Rich Nigga Lifestyle" featuring the late Nipsey Hussle and Teyana Taylor on the hook. The beat samples Jay-Z's song "Sweet" and both rappers are talking about being self-made, meaning they are wealthy because they did not need not people telling them what to do. Nipsey also talked about the incarcerated rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine by saying why people are even surprised that the rapper snitch. It felt good to hear Nipsey again, Rest in Power brother. The next song is featuring Jeezy and it's called "Born To Kill". Both rappers flow and rapping delivery were well done on a solid instrumental. Then we have the song "Fascinated", where Ross dedicates the song to his dead friends and his incarcerated friends by telling them he loves them and he prays for them. The song has one the best instrumental of the album and it samples "Ain't No Sunshine" by Lyn Collins, making it three back to back banging songs with the two previous ones.

The following song is called "I Still Prayed" featuring YFN Lucci and Ball Greezy and it's produced by DJ Toomp, and then we have the song "Running The Streets" featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Denzel Curry. "Vegas Residency" is where Ross raps about the changes he made for his life, his health, his lifestyle and the positive results for all these changes. Then we have the song "Maybach Music VI" featuring John Legend and Lil' Wayne where both rappers talk about their luxurious fame by never forgetting who they are. Originally the song was supposed to have rapper Pusha T in it, but his verse did not make the album version but the whole version with him in it has been leaked after the release of "Port of Miami 2". The last song of the album is "Gold Roses" featuring Drake. The song is about the girls they were hanging out with because of fame and money, but in the end, the only thing that both artists wanted is happiness.

"Port of Miami 2" is a good album from Rick Ross. It doesn't live up to Ross debut album "Port of Miami" and I think that his previous album "Rather You Than Me" was better as well. We can hear throughout the album that Ross did not lose his pen but some songs theme were repetitive. I got fed up at one point of hearing about Rick Ross luxurious life, and there wasn't a lot of story-telling but the production of the album was really good.

Grade: 3.6/5

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