Release Date: May 24, 2011
In the past two years, Rick Ross began signing various artists around the country to his new Maybach Music Group label with a vision of a dynasty. Wale, may be the only artist in the group you’ve heard of, but after listening to ‘Self Made Vol. 1’ you’ll probably want to go back and get Meek Mill, Pill and Teedra Moses’ previous releases. Ross has turned his vision into reality with an album that delivers more than anyone could have expected.
The album begins with the title track ‘Self Made’, which takes a classic sample and turns it into summer magic. The album seems to be divided in two parts. The first six tracks sound a lot more down south, with the latter half being more soulful and laid back. “Tupac Back” shows Meek Mill bringing his Philly swag to the table. Him, Wale and the ATL bred Pill prove throughout the album they can hold their own next to the Boss. New Orleans native and first lady of MMG, Teedra Moses shows up on one of the albums gems “Rise” featuring the always cool CurrenSy and Cyhi Da Prince of Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music. Other joints you won’t forget include “That Way” featuring Jeremih and “Pandemonium”. But don’t think those are the only single worthy cuts. “Play Your Part” will grow on you. After 14 solid tracks, “Running Rebels” closes out the album with more of Teedra’s beautiful voice. She is a secret weapon that will most likely bless Rick Ross’ ‘God Forgives. I Don’t’ LP.
‘Self Made’ is one of the best rap label/group albums released in a while. Everyone in the group seems to be on board with the movement to the fullest (even if they don’t have their Maybachs yet). Let’s just hope MMG serves us with a mixtape in the near future, but this right here is definitely the main course. BAWSE!
4 out of 5 Blunts
Self Made, By Any Means, Rise, Pandemonium, Running Rebels, That Way