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The 5 Best Songs On Rick Ross' 'God Forgives, I Don't' Album

Maybe you're still hating on Rick Ross for trying to lie about his, er, "questionable" background. Maybe you haven't listened to an entire Rick Ross album since 2006's Port of Miami. Or, maybe you heard the lead single, "Touch'N You," featuring Usher, and you don't think you want to hear anymore. Regardless of what your reason is, if you haven't given the new Rick Ross album, God Forgives, I Don't, a listen yet, you're crazy. Crazy! Ross has some stuff on this album that you really need to hear.

To prove it, we decided to put together a list of The 5 Best Songs On God Forgives, I Don't. Don't agree with us? All good. As long as you gave the project at least one full listen, we're happy to hear what your top five is, too. Check out ours—and then leave yours in the comments section. Let the debate begin.


#5
The Song: "Pirates"
The Producer: Kenoe and Got Koke
Sample Lyrics: "Straight grim reaper, Air Jordans walkin' the streets/BlackBerry boss, one call, you're put to sleep"
Why We Love It: There's no easing into God Forgives, I Don't. On the very first full track, Ross comes out firing at his detractors and really sets the tone for the entire album. Ross clearly isn't here to play games.


#4
The Song: "Diced Pineapples"
The Producer: Cardiak and T-Minus
Sample Lyrics: "Sex all night, couple shots of Ciroc/Crib on the water, got LeBron up the block"
Why We Love It: If Ross has to write songs that cater to his female listeners—and, let's face it, it's something that he has to do at this point in his career—we'd like more of them to sound like this. The Wale poetry and Drake crooning might be a little much for those of you who prefer songs like "Pirates." But, hey: It sure beats Ross sticking to the usual rap/R&B script on songs like "Touch'N You," right?


#3
The Song: "Sixteen," featuring Andre 3000
The Producer: J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League
Sample Lyrics: "Trump Tower when I started with a ten-speed/Born broke, had to use a n----'s instincts"
Why We Love It: Who doesn't love Ross for getting 'Dre on a track and getting him to spit for more than two minutes? Don't get it twisted, though. In doing so, Ross also helped himself by proving that he's more than able to keep up with 3 Stacks on a track. Is there anyone out there who would've thought he'd be able to do that one day six years ago when he dropped his debut? Um, no.


#2
The Song: "3 Kings," featuring Dr. Dre and Jay-Z
The Producer: Jake One
Sample Lyrics: "I came a long way from the weed game/20-stack seats at the Heat game"
Why We Love It: It lived up to the hype! When we first saw this song on the tracklist for GFID, we were excited about how great it could be. Rarely do songs live up to those kinds of expectations, but this one did. Oh, and that Jay-Z verse was one of the best we've heard in recent memory, too. All three "Kings" delivered on this one.


#1
The Song: "911"
The Producer: Young Shun
Sample Lyrics: "Fuck your investigation, study my elevation/Cherry red 911, straight to my destination!"
Why We Love It: Because we can't wait to hear this one in the club at 2AM. Enough said. Now, which songs are in your five?

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Ella Mai Puts The Ball In Your Court With "Shot Clock" Visuals

Kobe, KD, Kyrie, how about Ella Mai?

Marking her third official single from her self-titled debut album, the 24-year-old dropped a new video from her charting project, bringing "Shot Clock" to life in her B-ball themed clip.

The Colin Tilley directed visual captures the essence of the young singer, framing her unique style and iridescent vocal abilities. The clip captures the various parts of Mai's magnetic energy, as she stars in her own thematic love story.

The two-time Grammy nominee goes through the many downs that occur in relationships while the red beams of shot clock shine in the background slowly reaching zero, a neon indicator of her lessening patience, the singer finds herself alone.

This visual was released in the midst of the "Boo'd Up" songstress' first debut tour currently venturing through the United States and Parts of Europe. Check out the tour dates below to see if R&B's new golden child is coming to a city near you and watch her video for "Shot Clock" above.

THE DEBUT TOUR

Jan 18 – Berlin, DE- Festsaal Kreuzberg Jan 20 – Hamburg, DE- Grosse Freiheit Jan 21 – Copenhagen, DK – Vega Main Hall Jan 22 – Stockholm, SE - Berns Jan 24 – Oslo, NO – Rockefeller Music Hall Feb 12 - Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom Feb 14 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo Feb 15 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom Feb 17 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades Feb 19 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater Feb 20 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst Feb 22 – Phoenix, AZ – The Marquee Feb 23 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues Feb 25 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre Feb 27 – Lawrence, KS – The Granada Feb 28 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater Mar 2 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall Mar 3 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall Mar 5 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues Mar 6 – Toronto, ON – The Danforth Mar 7 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda Mar 9 – Boston, MA - Royale Mar 11 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel Mar 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts Mar 15 – Silver Spring, M.D. – The Fillmore Silver Spring Mar 16 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Sound Stage Mar 19 – Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle Mar 20 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live Mar 21 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live Mar 24 – Houston, TX – House of Blues Mar 26 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues Mar 27 – Austin, TX – Emo’s Mar 28 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre

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9th Wonder Talks Collabo Album With Smif N Wessun And The Soul Council

A few weeks fresh off the 23rd anniversary of their classic debut album, Da Shinin', Brooklyn duo Smif N Wessun (Steele and Tek) have released the video for the soul smacking single, "Testify" produced by Khrysis, off their newest album, The All. The project, produced entirely by Grammy-nominated producer 9th Wonder and his Soul Council team, brings the hardcore feel of SNW's best work to the forefront.

“9th Wonder and the Soul Council provide the perfect backdrop for Tek and I to deliver heartfelt lyrical content,” Steele reveals directly. “It’s a true tale of ups and downs, wins and losses, growth and acceptance. It speaks to the hearts and minds of all people; particularly our followers and fans of all ages and ethnicities.”

When artists who rep a certain quality sector of hip-hop music resurface to offer newness to an audience, the longtime fans are looking to bring that old thing back while looking to reflect and push forward at the same time.

"'Testify' is a realistic reflective look back on our accomplishments and failures throughout our career and serves as a precursor to what you will experience on The All,” Steele continues. "This project is a reality check for SNW, one that reflects the struggles and obstacles that we’ve had to endure to survive at the level we occupy in the hip-hop arena."

9th Wonder took the project on as a lover of the group, "My goal is to make sure that we cement the legacy of the artist, but at the same time update the artist. We came up with the concept of  The All (based on a speech from Louis Farrakhan), you can never underestimate the essence of Islam in Hip-Hop. Given the fact that SNW are both Muslim and so many others are as well, we couldn't forget that part."

Going into new chambers of living is needed when you have been recording albums for over 20 years. 9th explains, "we wanted them to talk about stuff they wouldn't normally talk about on records, as they are in a different point in their lives, very grown man. It gives something to our generation to listen to, appreciate and celebrate without feeling old, without feeling outdated. We also wanted to let them know, the legends can still do it."

As the word legend gets thrown around a lot, it's not a far off title for the duo of Tek and Steele. "Some bestow the 'legend' tag upon us (we are very appreciative of that)," says Steele. "And we are chronicling that journey throughout the album.”

The full project will be dropping on February 22nd, 2019 on Duck Down Records. You can pre-order the album here and group merch here.

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Premiere: Duck Down Records' Smif-N-Wessun Returns With Khrysis-Produced 'Testify'

It's been nearly 25 years to the day since their classic debut Dah Shinin' impacted in January 1995, but legendary Brooklyn duo Smif-N-Wessun is still representing the culture with authority and authenticity. "Testify," the premiere music video from their upcoming album The All, adds another notch to their storied catalogs.

"Testify" begins with old photos of group members Tek and Steele in their 90s heyday, but they don't spend much time there before getting busy with present day rhymes. Over a backdrop from Khrysis, the Duck Down Records duo confidently announces their return while solidifying their legendary pedigree. The song gives a short but sweet taste from The All, their upcoming album produced entirely by 9th Wonder and the Soul Council.

“9th Wonder and the Soul Council provide the perfect backdrop for Tek and I to deliver heartfelt lyrical content,” Steele told VIBE. “It’s a true tale of ups and downs, wins and losses, growth and acceptance. It speaks to the hearts and minds of ALL people; particularly our followers and fans of ALL ages and ethnicities.”

‘Testify” is a realistic reflective look back on our accomplishments and failures throughout our career and serves as a precursor to what you will experience on The All,” Steele continued. "This project is a reality check for SNW, one that reflects the struggles and obstacles that we’ve had to endure to survive at the level we occupy in the hip-hop arena. Some, bestow the “Legend” tag upon us (we are very appreciative of that) and we are chronicling that journey throughout the album.”

The All is scheduled for a February 22, 2019 release on Duck Down Records, and is available for pre-order.

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