Hip Hop’s favorite Black Santa and luxury enthusiast Rick Ross is back in prime form with new album Port Of Miami 2. Being the follow up to his incredibly successful 2006 debut Port Of Miami, this album had huge standards to live up to and Ross delivered. From the first listen, I felt the need to spark a luxury cigar and pour some quality dark liquor in a wine glass.
Ross maintains a sense of youth in his early 40s with obscenely boastful raps, bass-heavy records feeling like a boat ride in the Miami docks on a summer night, and rags to riches storylines. Miami’s Teflon Don is back in form. The album has heavy hitting guest appearances from Drake, the late Nipsey Hussle, Meek Mill, YFN Lucci, Summer Walker, Teyana Taylor, and more.
Port Of Miami 2 Fine Tuned Like A Luxury Cigar
Cruise down the highway to a track such as “Summer Reign” ft. Summer Walker, “White Lines,” “Turnpike Ike,” or “Act A Fool” ft Wale. “Rich N*gga Lifestyle” ft. the late Nipsey Hussle and Teyana Taylor gives such a nostalgic 2009 feeling. I’m all for it. Ross also shows maturation on this album with the reflective track “I Still Pray” ft. YFN Lucci and Ball Greezy.
“Another seizure, so I woke up in intensive care/Pray you treat a poor man like he was a millionaire.“
“Running The Streets” ft. Denzel Curry and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie might be Rick Ross’ most powerful song to date. It’s personally my favorite from the album with great, illuminating verses from Ross, Curry, and Boogie. “Bogus Charms” ft. Meek Mill is a close second because the combination of Ross and Meek Mill talking about loyalty is like prime Shaq and Kobe playing basketball. It’s magical and has a movie feel to it. It’s a must-listen!