11. I like when Meek Mill invokes the term “Bout That Life” much more than when Miley Cyrus does it. The song bearing the same name is pretty great.
12. Ross’ makes his presence felt without wearing out his welcome. He offers ad-libs on many of the tracks that he doesn’t rap on, and the ones that he does are typical bawse fare. Lots of boasting and bragging about his extravagant lifestyle. I often wonder about when his schtick will get tired, and yet it never does. See: “Stack On My Belt” about—you guessed it—spending a stack on a belt.
13. The beats on the whole could have been better. Hit-Boy, Jake One, and Boi-1da, among others, get behind the boards, and yet you really get the sense that there isn’t one truly memorable beat here. “Levels” is probably the closest thing you’ll get to that. They’re all good, just not particularly amazing. You’ve heard all these beats before. Not the exact ones, but similar. On the last MMG album, and a variety of the crew’s other projects.
14. Is Fabolous going to become a member of Maybach Music Group? He shows up on two songs here (“Know You Better” and “The Great Americans”) and doesn’t sound all that out of place. He could add some New York flavor to the collective, and all things considered, his career could really use a reboot right now.
15. Conclusion: It’s a compilation album and compilations are notoriously hit or miss. You can’t even judge them the same way you might judge a traditional album. Vol. 3 is not unlike Vol. 1 and 2. If you’ve heard those albums and were a fan, you’ll probably like this release. If you’re looking for something different from MMG, you’ve really come to the wrong place. And ultimately that may be why the crew is starting to show its legs. There’s only so long you can do the same thing before people invariably want to hear something else. Vol 3. isn’t bad—it’s pretty good, in fact—it’s just not going anywhere these artists haven’t already been. And that’s disappointing.