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5 Reasons You Need To Hear Rick Ross' 'God Forgives, I Don't' Album

This summer is just flying by, isn't it? It seems like just yesterday Rick Ross was announcing the title of his next album, God Forgives, I Don't, and preparing to do promo for it. And now, the album is less than three weeks away.

Earlier this week, we got our first look at exactly what to expect from GFID when the official tracklist for the album hit the Internet. And while a solid tracklist isn't always indicative of how good (or bad!) an album will be, we were excited to see a few things on it. It's really got us looking forward to what Rick Ross has in store for us on his new album.

We think you should be pumped for GFID, too. So, we went ahead and put together a list of the 5 Reasons You Should Be Excited After Seeing The Tracklist For Rick Ross' New Album, God Forgives, I Don't. Start counting down the days 'til it drops now…—Chris Yuscavage

Reason #1: Jay-Z and Dr. Dre both make guest appearances on the song, "3 Kings."
Do we really need to explain this one? Even if the song completely sucks—which we doubt—it's always monumental when you bring three artists as big as Ross, Jay, and Dre together and put them on the same track. It'll be hard for them to live up to the hype that they caused when the tracklist first dropped. But, it'll sure be fun to hear them try.

Reason #2: Andre 3000 makes a guest appearance on the song, "Sixteen."
Dre doesn't typically hop on songs with just anybody. Although he's also featured on Frank Ocean's debut, Channel Orange, right now, he tends to stay out of the limelight and limit the amount of guest verses he drops every year. So, it really says something that he thought highly enough of Ross at this point in his career to get on his new album. It'll be interesting to hear these two on a track together.

Reason #3: Ross has decided to continue the "Maybach Music" series of songs.
We're a little bit disappointed to see that Ne-Yo is the only artist featured on "Maybach Music IV" (both "Maybach Music 2" and "Maybach Music III" were posse cuts). But, at the same time, we're glad that Ross hasn't discontinued the "Maybach Music" songs. And, it actually makes us even more excited to see what he has in store for us on it since he decided to go at it alone this time.

Reason #4: There aren't two dozen guest appearances by Maybach Music Group artists.
Don't get it twisted: We love us some Meek Mill, Wale, Stalley, and Omarion. But, the MMG album, Self Made, Vol. 2, literally just dropped. So, we're glad that Ross decided to limit the number of appearances made by MMG artists on his solo project. That's the way it should be.

Reason #5: The song titles that Ross has chosen are, if nothing else, intriguing.
Typically, rappers aren't super creative when it comes to picking out song titles. Most of the time, we can tell what a song is about simply by reading the song title. Not so here. With song titles like "Pirates," "Diced Pineapples," and even "Ashamed," Ross already has us wondering what some of these songs are about. Other artists, take note: This is how you get our attention with your tracklist. Well done, Rozay.

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Given Monday's (Dec. 10) debate about who's the king of R&B, one of the names that steadily popped up in the conversation has stepped onto the scene. In a visual promotion for his A soundscape, Usher released the video for "Peace Sign" alongside producer Zaytoven.

Previously, the pair hit the studio for an eight-track project that pays respect to their hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. It was surprise-released in October and effortlessly fuses ATL's aura on the soundscape. Now, the "Peace Sign" video puts that decision into cinematic motion.

"Atlanta offers a certain attitude and a sauce that I can't explain, and it is a little bit in 'No Limit,' it is a little bit in 'TNT.' I'm literally talking sh*t, man," he said in an interview with The Fader. "I'm popping sh*t that I haven't popped, like really ever. And that's what being in the moment creates. When you have months and months to think about it and you begin to analyze all the people who you need to think of and what you want this entire project to work out, you'll lose certain elements of your spontaneity an incredible culture that just happens in the moment. I didn't give that space. I really was honest with the feelings, I was honest with the conversation and I was really in the moment. And I thank Zay for that."

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T.I. Releases Short Film For "The Amazing Mr. F**k Up"

T.I. keeps himself accountable for his wrongdoings in the cinematic visual for "The Amazing Mr. F**k Up."

Premiered Monday (Dec. 10) on his series T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle, the track featuring singer-songwriter Victoria Monet, is flipped into a 10-minute-short film. Directed by Mike Ho, the short film stars comedienne Britney Elena, Colombus Short, Woody McClain and model Denise Rodriguez.

Starting at a fancy dinner gathering among friends, things take a turn for the worst when the rapper's other partner invades the feast. On the Dime Trap cut, T.I. calls out himself for his past mistakes and deviances with acknowledgment on how he needs to do better.

"It's amazing all the sh*t I done / Such examples I've been setting for my son / All she did was stay down and have my kid / All the time just to realize I ain't sh*t," T.I. spits. In addition to the rapper flexing his acting chops, the album version of the song includes the infamous scene in ATL between Tip and Lauren London, where his character snatches a necklace he gifted for New New.

The rapper is currently closing out the year on an impressive note as it was revealed that his music has been streamed 276 million times on the music streaming service Spotify. "A modest flex to end my 18th year in this sh*t!!!! Multitudes of Gratitude!!! #NextYearWeGoBigger!!!!," the Grand Hustle emcee tweeted on Saturday (Dec. 8).

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Extra thx to @brittneyelena @woody_thegreat @mikeho_ @officialcshort and errrrbody involved in bringing this vision to life!!! #TheAmazingMrFuckUP out @vevo after tonight’s episode of Friends and Family Hustle!!! @vh1

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A modest flex to end my 18th year in this sh*t!!!! Multitudes of Gratitude!!! #NextYearWeGoBigger!!!! pic.twitter.com/7J6FFsUicS

— T.I. (@Tip) December 8, 2018

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Meek Mill Is Surrounded By His Day Ones In Visual For "Intro"

Self-proclaimed "Champion of the United States" and Philadelphia-bred rapper Meek Mill delivers the official music video for "Intro" on Monday (Dec. 10).

Directed by Kid Art, the three-minute visual frames Meek's mental state as he re-enters the rap game as he continues to battle the justice system as a young, black man. Presumably surrounded by those he considers family, "Intro" retrospectively takes a look at the 31-year-old's come up as a notable rapper out of North Philly.

Juxtaposing his current lifestyle with not-so-distant memories of the trenches, the video shuffles scenes of club confetti, bullet holes, poured out bottles of Ace of Spades and dirt bikes– a presumed nod to Meek's unjust jail sentence.

"Pouring champagne 'cause all my n***s dead/ If they ain't in the graveyard, then they in the feds/ I give a f**k if that crown heavy, put it on my head" spits Meek over the instrumental to Phil Collins' "In The Air."

Last week (Dec. 2) music engineers Young Guru and Anthony Cruz spoke to VIBE about Meek's choice to sample Collins' "In The Air Tonight" on the track, stating that "Meek had this vision" to flip the classic track since he first heard it in Paid In Full and was glad to finally make it happen in a standout fashion on "Intro."

If you haven't already, be sure to take a look at the official music video for "Intro" up top.

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