Rick Ross’ ‘Mastermind’: Album Review

March 4, 2014 1:35 PM

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Hearing “The Devil Is A Lie” and “War Ready” ahead of the March 4 March 3 release of his sixth LP Mastermind, it seemed Ross would continue down that path, still invigorated enough to keep his shtick from calcifying. But it turns out those were outliers, and Mastermind instead relies on more monolithic beats (how many triumphant horns can this dude use?) and Watch The Throne: For Dummies lyrics. His larger-than-life persona and sound is becoming tired and tacky; a catalog that started as amusingly overblown is quickly beginning to look like one of those yards littered with a bunch of Greek statues.

The first sign of distress is “Rich Is Gangsta,” which sounds like any other “the king has arrived” song from any other Rick Ross album. Likewise, the best way to describe cuts like “Drug Dealers Dream,” “What A Shame” and “Walkin’ On Air” is just “standard Rozay fare.” But where his old thudders su...

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