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The Biggest Takeaways From Rick Ross’ New Album ‘Port of Miami 2’

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The Biggest Takeaways From ’ New Album ‘Port of Miami 2’

13 years after the release of his debut album, Port of Miami, has released Port of Miami 2, his tenth full-length studio effort. The 15-track project clocks in at over an hour long, giving Ross plenty of time to fit in rhymes that live up to that gun in pasta meme that was all over everyone’s timelines this week. After an initial spin on Friday, the Complex staff put together a list of our biggest takeaways and first impressions of Port of Miami 2.

If there’s one thing that Rick Ross always gets right, it’s his beat selection, and that remains true on Port of Miami 2, where he selects luxurious production that complements his smooth flows and crisp penmanship. “Maybach Music VI” and “Turnpike Ike” have that signature Rozay feel, layering grandiose sounds with hints of live instrumentation. Not all the songs on the album are as intricate, however. Tracks like the Gunplay-assisted “Nobody’s Favorite,” succeeds with simplistic hard-hitting bass and an expertly-placed gong. Justice L.E.A.G.U.E., snags the most credits with two songs, but Rozay gives shine to other accomplishment hitmakers, including Just Blaze, STREETRUNNER, and Tarik Azzouz. —Jessica McKinney

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Speaking with Zane Lowe three days before the album’s release, Rick Ross said that the only reason he’s “still here” is because he held onto the same hunger he had at the beginning of his career. “The only reason I can really remain competitive is because of my love for the game,” he explained. “I’m in a position where I can say, ‘Fuck that, we’re doing something else now.’ But the love for this shit is still burning. The fire is still burning.” The album’s best moments arrive when Ross’ hunger shines through most clearly. Port of Miami 2’s highlights—songs like “Nobody’s Favorite” and “Fascinated”—succeed because Ross finds ways to tap into the same energy and enthusiasm that carried Port of Miami 13 years ago. He isn’t able to keep this up throughout all 15 songs on the tracklist, but whenever he does, he ends up with standout moments that prove there’s still plenty left in the tank, deep into his career. —Eric Skelton

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