Maybach Music Group Presents: Self Made, Vol. 1 Image
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  • Summary: The debut release from Rick Ross' new label features Meek Mill, Pill, Teedra Moses, and Wale.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Aug 4, 2011
    70
    If he was hoping to prime his artists for individual success, he's got a long way to go. But if he was simply looking to keep Maybach's name on everyone mind via a loosely defined collection of bangers, well then it looks like Rick Ross still can't do wrong.
  2. Jun 17, 2011
    70
    Ross is better when he's more ambitious, when he goes beyond the tired hood-rap/pop-rap divisions.
  3. Jun 17, 2011
    70
    By the sound of this showcase for three rappers he signed to his record label, he's a good one [mogul]. Meek Mill offers gruff gangsta-isms; Wale flaunts his sleek bohemian-hardcore style on bragfests like "600 Benz." But the real find is Pill, who steps up to the major leagues without taking the street-level grit out of crack-trade tales like "Pacman."
  4. Jun 17, 2011
    60
    The headliners don't seem like they're really trying, so even when the other acts are, they're still smothered by their leaders' apathy.
  5. Jun 17, 2011
    60
    With so many personalities vying for attention, the artists struggle to display their own individuality, instead constantly relishing in their new spoils.
  6. Jun 17, 2011
    53
    If Wale, Meek, and Pill could find a way to focus on their own strengths, maybe they'd sound more comfortable alongside their new boss. Instead, they all sound like they're trying to become mini-Rosses, and it doesn't work for them.
  7. Aug 25, 2011
    50
    It's an exhausting listen with all these guys trading the baton back and forth, but taking the songs out of context as individual numbers, most of them come off stronger than they do as part of a front-to-back listen.

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  1. Feb 6, 2012
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  2. Jun 29, 2013
    9
    This album is a classic group album, because it keeps the Rick Ross street banger formula, while Meek Wale and Pill just complement it with some great verses. Personally, the best song was definitely the Pill and Gunplay collaboration "Don't Let Me Go" I am excited for Self Made 3, but I still rock songs like Fitted Cap, 600 Benz, Tupac Back, and of course I'ma Boss Expand