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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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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Footage Reveals That R. Kelly Was Aware Of Aaliyah's Age, Contrary To Lawyer's Statement

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“Right now I’m producing a very talented young lady, she’s 14. Aaliyah, she’s real street,” he said, continuing to give her directions on how she should hit her notes on the track’s production.

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“..My understanding is that she did not claim to be 15. And in order to get married she had to lie about her age,” Greenberg said on Good Morning America. However, he confirmed the two were married. In 1994, VIBE published Kelly and Aaliyah’s marriage certificate in a cover story documenting their union. An excerpt from journalist Danyel Smith reads:

"Then there’s the story that says Aaliyah is supposedly 19, and none of this is as scandalous as folks would like to make it. There is, after all, an Illinois marriage license dated August 31, for Robert S. Kelly and Aaliyah D. Haughton, which lists their respective ages as 27 and 18,” Smith writes. “(Of course, the marriage would be null and void if the ages are not legit.) The only problem is, while promoting her million-selling Jive Records debut, Age Ain’t Nothin’ but a Number, Aaliyah has been evasive about stating her age. Her official bio says 15, and a record company publicist has said, “We stand behind the bio."

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"I’m signed to the best label in the world, I have full creative control, and I have a platform now," he told Billboard. "Whatever vision I have, I can do it. That’s the best feeling. When I say 'finally,' that’s what I mean. To be an artist, not a lot of artists feel the way I feel. They feel controlled or manipulated by people telling them what to do all the time. With me, I feel like I’m in the perfect space and it’s an unbelievable feeling."

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