Mariah Carey and MMG bring glamour and sport together in “Triumphant (Get ‘Em),” the lead single off the R&B Diva’s new solo album. With a prized fighter in Meek Mill, Mariah and Rick Ross overlook their top boxer as he heads for battle in a lightweight showdown. We won’t spoil the video but it’s safe to say with the song’s title that Mimi, Rozay, and Meek come out victorious and more wealthy. Mariah’s yet-to-be-titled album is scheduled to arrive early 2013.
Buy “Triumphant (Get’ Em),” produced by Jermaine Dupri and Bryan Michael Cox oniTunes now.
Watch the Nick Cannon-directed video below…..
Last month, DJ Khaled, Kanye West and Rick Ross came together to film the video for their “I Wish You Would” collaboration. We caught photos on set of the Hype Williams-directed video, and today DJ Khaled brings us official behind-the-scenes footage of hisKiss the Ring single. Before we get the final product in the coming days, DJ Khaled is set to reveal the star-studded tracklisting to his August 28 album tomorrow at 1 p.m. EST.
Go on set with the trio below…..
Rapper Rick Ross released his fifth album, God Forgives, I Don’t, and its title alone would prompt most to take pause. Referencing a lyric from Ross’ last mix tape Rich Forever, the big boss makes no apologies, however — not for his riches, his growing musical empire or the undeniable darkness of his latest studio effort.
Featuring guest spots by some of rap and R&B’s biggest names, Drake, Jay-Z, Andre 3000, Dr. Dre, Ne-Yo andUsher among them, Ross described the music as “extremely lyrical” and “next level” during a pre-release press confernence. “I’m expecting nothing but the biggest results,” he said. “This album is the missing part of my legacy. This is gonna put me over the top.”
What are the critics saying? Read on…
THR sister magazine Billboard gives Ross points for creativity, writing: “Ross saves himself from redundancy with triumphant soundscapes, the majority of which are produced by long-time collaborators that guarantee a hit, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, and terse wordplay interwoven between the countless boastful rhymes.”
Steve Jones of USA Today is impressed with Ross’ ambitious collaborations. “One of his many star-studded tracks, ‘3 Kings,’ features Jay-Z and Dr. Dre, but he’s brazen enough to pull it off. Andre 3000 makes an always-welcome appearance on the soul-fueled ‘Sixteen.’ Ross also gets plenty of help from Maybach labelmates Wale, Stalley, Omarian and Meek Mill, plus Drake, Ne-Yo and Usher. The stars are big; the Boss’ aspirations are bigger.”
Rolling Stone gave God Forgives four stars, even while noting a few flaws. Writes critic Jonah Weiner: “There are times when God Forgives is as engrossing and surprising as rap can be. Over beats that alternate between sparkling, decadent string arrangements and assaultive, synthesized blare, Ross pretzels hip-hop’s familiar rags-to-riches arc into a Möbius strip, slaloming around an autobiographical timeline that may or may not be his own. One moment he’s enjoying ’20-stack seats at the Heat game’; the next he’s counting small-timer ‘brown-bag money.’ Here he’s in a Maybach; a few bars down he’s in a rental car. … Ross is a restless eccentric masquerading as a no-frills traditionalist, and his best boasts go overboard to the point of incoherence. “
Entertainment Weekly, which rates the album an A-, hails Ross for staying true to himself. “The Miami native embodies his distorted version of the gangsta American dream so completely that he manages to transcend cliché,” writes Kyle Anderson. “Call it the James Cameron approach: When all else fails, hit ’em with the IMAX. Sure, he’s been bragging about his rep since his 2006 debut, but God Forgives is the first album that really feels like it was made by a boss.”
The Associated Press praises Ross’ vocal style as “full of bravado with eloquence that is easy to digest” and the album as “loaded with undeniable quality tunes” and “his most well-balanced piece of work to date.” But the outlet is most taken with Ross’ lyrical skills saying that “the burly, bearded Ross … has made strides as a lyricist and storyteller.”
God Forgives, I Don’t, released by Maybach Music/Def Jam, is available now.
Rick Ross is keeping fans anticipated for his big album release day on July 31. Just yesterday he shared his feelings on working with Dr. Dre and Jay-Z in the studio together, and now we get to hear the final product. “3 Kings” is produced by Seattle’s own Jake One. It should serve as the last single before God Forgives, I Don’t hit stores in a few weeks.
Listen: Rick Ross f/ Jay-Z & Dr. Dre “3 Kings”
Chicago’s own Rockie Fresh is Maybach Music Group‘s newest signee, and it looks like they are already getting down to business as Rick Ross hops on Rockie’s “You A Lie (Remix).” Check out a radio rip of their collabo below by clicking the link in Rockie’s tweet, and stay tuned for more Rockie Fresh and MMG material to hopefully surface this summer.
Listen: Rockie Fresh f/ Rick Ross “You A Lie (Remix)”
After appeasing the ladies with the Usher-assisted “Touch’N You,” Rick Ross returns to the streets in “So Sophisticated.” With Meek Milly by his side, watch as the MMG conglomerate set fire and hold down the one’s in prison with their summer street banger. Rozay’s fifth studio album, God Forgives, I Don’t arrives July 31.
Join the dinner table, and watch the Dre Films-directed video below….
After Rick Ross appeared in his video for ‘Lemme See,’ R&B crooner Usher returns the favor and joins Rozay for his ‘Touch ‘N U’ clip. The rap ballad will appear on Ross’ upcoming LP ‘God Forgives, I Don’t’ (due out July 31).
In the video we see Rozay relaxing by the pool smoking a cigar while his love interest (played by model-turned-actress Tae Hackard) takes a dip in the pool. From there we watch the couple play a sexy game of chess and then it’s to the bedroom where things get really heated.
Usher pretty much sings the hook in the song and co-signs Rozay’s amorous lyrics to his ladylove. You can also thank director Chris Robinson for the visuals of opulence that surrounds Ross’ mansion.
It’s not the most exciting video in the world, but it shows that Ross is a smooth dude under that rough exterior. Hopefully, he’ll follow this up with a street banger that will cater to his hardcore rap fans.
Watch Rick Ross, ‘Touch ‘N U’ Video Featuring Usher
Rozay and Usher connect for the radio friendly God Forgives, I Don’tsingle. The album is due out in stores everywhere July 31.
Usher premieres the video for ‘Lemme See’ featuring Rick Ross.