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Summer will soon be coming to an end, but not before Rick Ross blesses us with some feel good Miami vibes, grown man style. Port of Miami 2 is fit for laying out in the sun on South Beach, riding down Ocean Drive with the top down and your partner sitting passenger, or for your pre-game before you hit LIV nightclub. Mixed with trap, smooth R&B melodies, and club banger beats, this album will not disappoint.
Port of Miami 2 is Rick Ross’s tenth studio album released on August 9th, just two years after his ninth studio album, Rather You Than Me. Even though Rather You Than Me was not necessarily a fan and critic favorite, you can tell Rick Ross listened to the people and gave his fans a feel of the classic “Teflon Don” we originally fell for by giving the people a sequel to his debut album, Port of Miami.
Port of Miami 2 features some star appearances from Wale, Drake, Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, Dej Loaf, Teyana Taylor, Jeezy, Swizz Beatz, John Legend, the late great Nipsey Hussle, and more. Port of Miami 2 also features A-list producers from Just Blaze, Beat Billionaire, Jake one, Cardiak, DJ Troop, Vinylz, and several others. The features on this album mixed with Rick Ross’s smooth, laid back delivery, definitely gives off the luxury rap feel Ross was going for.
The album opens up with an upbeat fast tempo delivery and a catchy chorus on “Act a Fool” featuring DMV native, Wale. It then smooth’s things down for you and your lover on “Turnpike Ike” where Rick Ross adds adlibs of a female voice stroking his ego as he askes her a series of questions regarding her love for him. The next track titled “Nobody’s Favorite” featuring Gunplay continues on the same vibe, but with a more grungier bass beat. The vibe picks up a little further down the track list on “BIG TYME” featuring Swizz Beatz over the classic big sounds of a Just Blaze beat, with the catchy chorus of the repetitive chanting of “BIG TIME” making it a classic in the club anthem.
The following track titled “Rich N*gga Lifestyle” gives the term “luxury rap style” life featuring Teyana Taylor’s sultry & raspy vocals and Nipsey Hussle’s smooth laid-back delivery. Many fans anticipated the latest verse of the gone-too-soon rapper Nispey Hussle, and were stuck on the mention of Tekashi 6ix9ine, who is referenced. Nispey raps, “When it’s war time, never lay low, y’all play roles. // I can’t name a fake n*gga that was not exposed. // How y’all n*ggas so surprised that Tekashi told? // Ain’t a real street n*gga ‘less you got a code. // Mines one comma, n*gga, followed by a lot of O’s”. Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine is currently in jail for racketeering charges and rumor has it, he snitched on other gang members to get a lessened sentence.
Port of Miami 2 continues to ride out the same good energy and luxury trap vibes throughout the album. It’s safe to say that Ross brought the heat this time around on all fifteen-tracks, leaving day one Rick Ross fans being far from disappointed.