Black Market [Deluxe Edition]

Black Market [Deluxe Edition]

by Rick Ross

Overview

After banging out a series of glitzy Miami gangsta albums that made him seem like the AC/DC (always the same, always quite good) of rap, Rick Ross gave the formula a rest for Black Market, an album that wanders into ruminations and cooled production at will, but still ends up all slam dunks and three pointers. Picking a key track is difficult as the epic bangers and surprisingly revealing freestyles all stand tall, but "Ghostwriter" sits in the middle of the album because it's the most anticipated, doling out industry gossip like a hot mixtape track but sending all listeners to check their packaging to make sure they picked up the explicit release, as Ross mentions some superstars he used to ghostwrite for, and they all get the bleep. It could be a fun gimmick that Ross can blame on the legal department, and these are the kinds of tricks that make each Maybach album feel so fresh. Still, "Smile Mama, Smile" with Cee Lo Green thrills on songwriting alone, putting the listener in the shoes of a superstar coming home to his mama -- whom he loves dearly -- while getting at the heart of addiction, family, and everyone's struggle for a centered self with "She told me no more Promethazine, it would make her proud/Think about, I had to think about it/Gimme a second mama, let me think about it." "Free Enterprise" with John Legend is the middle-aged and manly Maybach mind with a story of how reckless group sex used to be the thing, "But now the bitches be the realest one/I done cried on her shoulder when I'm feelin' numb?," along with a raging and precog bit of treason, "Assassinate Trump like I'm George Zimmerman." Black Market isn't a single-minded concept album as the tight, sharp, and debut album-hungry "Color Money" stacks paper and admits the rapper's friends "got them changing the gun laws," while the funk-fueled "Dope Dick" is crass and cold with "I got her addicted to that dope dick" as the hook. This Miami Don remains an unapologetic and indefensible brute -- and he says as much on this very LP -- but this rough, honest, and ambitious work is like his Raging Bull, taking the listener on a compelling, dirty journey that's also a connectable character study, and then letting some slick Chris Brown ("Sorry") and Future ("D.O.P.E") features play while the credits roll. [A Deluxe Edition added three bonus tracks: "Foreclosures," "Money Dance," and "Carol City."]

Product Details

Release Date: 12/04/2015
Label: Def Jam
UPC: 0602547646897
catalogNumber: 002427002

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rick Ross   Primary Artist
Russ Irwin   Keyboards
Luke   Guitar
Teedra Moses   Vocals
J.R. Rotem   Synthesizer,Drums,Keyboards
Red Cafe   Vocals
Leo Brooks   Bass
Kenneth Bartolomei   Vocals
Nick Odio   Guitar

Technical Credits

Bob James   Composer
Joe Sample   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Bunny Sigler   Composer
S1   Producer
Mary J. Blige   Composer
Mariah Carey   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Allan Felder   Composer
David Guy   Composer
Norman Harris   Composer
Bruce Hawes   Composer
Leroy Jones   Composer
Dwayne Richardson   Composer
Charles Simmons   Composer
Christopher Thornton   Composer
Lee Fields   Composer
Walter Afanasieff   Composer
Deborah Mannis-Gardner   Sample Clearance
Edwin Ortiz   Composer
Eddie Hernandez   Engineer,Vocal Producer
Christopher Wallace   Composer
Alessandro Alessandroni   Composer
Earl Johnson   Composer
Jermaine Denny   Composer
Rashia Fisher   Composer
Tupac Shakur   Composer
John Stephens   Composer
Thomas Callaway   Composer
Nick Movshon   Composer
DJ Khaled   Producer
Jake One   Producer
Red Cafe   Producer
Chris Brown   Composer
Rick Ross   Executive Producer
Ben Diehl   Composer
Leon Michels   Composer
Toby Pazner   Composer
Anthony Reid   Composer
Nicolas Essig   Vocal Engineer
Khaled Khaled   Composer
Kevin Cossom   Composer
Samuel Kalandjian   Engineer
Calvin Kenon   Composer
Nicholas Warwar   Composer
Roger McNair   Composer
Calvo Da Gr8   Producer
Jeffrey Silverman   Composer
Joseph Jefferson   Composer
William Roberts   Composer
Nasir Jones   Composer
Shamann Cooke   Composer
Street Runner   Producer
Rob Petrozzo   Art Direction
Dijon McFarlane   Composer,Producer
Jahlil Beats   Producer
Jacob Dutton   Composer
William Lewis   Composer
Andy Proctor   Package Production
Lukasz Gottwald   Composer
Terius Nash   Composer
Kevin Crowe   Composer
Beat Billionaire   Producer
Larry Griffin   Composer
Jonathan Rotem   Composer
Cirkut   Additional Production
Nayvadius Wilburn   Composer
Kenneth Bartolomei   Composer
Tony Pizarro   Composer
Orlando Tucker   Composer
Osten Harvey   Composer
Byron Forest   Composer
Black Metaphor   Producer
Tiara Thomas   Composer
Ben Billions   Producer
Diego Ave   Producer
Trevor Smith   Composer
Kirsnick Ball   Composer
Scott Storch   Composer,Producer
Tricia Sterling   Marketing Coordinator
Quavious Marshall   Composer
Kiari Cephus   Composer
Henry Walter   Composer
Diego Avendano   Composer
Don Paschall   Composer
Dp Beats   Producer
Tarik Azzouz   Composer,Producer
Rodrickus Hill   Composer
Daniel "Draydel" Sado   Engineer

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