Average User Score: 6.8Mar 4, 2014This is probably Rick Ross' best work ever. For starters, the production on this is impeccable. The beats range from the mysterious and haunting (BLK & WHT) to the ostentatious and extravagant (Supreme). This album is a true delight just to listen to, but the parts that really stand our are the moments where the album displays its most ridiculousness. Take for example the little skit that starts off "Drug Dealers Dream." Its such a simple thing really, an automated teller providing the balance in a bank account, and then when you hear the final number it hits you. The thing is though, you feel a sense of uneasiness when you hear that number. Its ALOT of money, and its sitting in a single checking account and based off the title of the song "Drug Dealers Dream" is likely illegally obtained. It just perfectly sets the tone for one of the best songs on the album. Every single feature on this album also comes with their A-Game. Jay Z delivers probably his best verse since 2011's Watch the Throne, Young Jeezy, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Meek Mill, all these artists really kill their features, and every feature sounds like it has a purpose. One of my favorite tracks is Mafia Music III, a cut that was apparently meant for Dr. Dre's Detox, but was saved for Mastermind, the gun shots and insane beat really conjure up images of a drug lord roaming the Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, etc. just cruising in a large boat moving his product, dealing with his enemies.
People will hate on Rick Ross because he is "fake," and was a CO apparently. But I really think they are hypocrites. Just because he was a CO doesn't mean he didn't take part in some of this life style, and even if he didn't take part in this lifestyle, its not as if tons of other rap artists haven't lied on their records in the past. I sincerely hope no one took Eminem seriously when he rapped on Relapse about being a psychopath murderer, No one asks Drake to prove that he has killed someone everytime he says "catch a body." I mean who really cares if a rapper wants to take on a persona?… Expand
Average User Score: 7.9Feb 25, 2014This album was terrible. There were maybe 3-4 listenable tracks for me on the entire album, and of those I would only ever bother to keep 1 track, "Hell of a Night," a haunting Dj Dahi beat with Schoolboy Q doing what he SHOULD be doing, making a decent party song.
Now let me go over this album on a song by song basis
Gangsta - This song would be ok, but the intro is so cringe worthy "WHAT IT DOOO YOUNG **** The hook is lazy, but somewhat catchy, beat is forgettable
Los Awesome - Well this beat sure isn't forgettable, but that's because of how awful it is. Pharrell does the production here and this is probably the worst beat I have heard him give to any hip-hop artist, even Jay Rock couldn't save this
Collard Greens - Mediocre attempt at a break out single, Kendrick destroys Q on this track, and the beat is nice, the hook is good. However Schoolboy Q's verses here are TERRIBLE, this track should be a smooth ride, by Q's grating delivery basically ruins the song.
What They Want - Decent Mike WiLL beat, 2 Chainz destroys Q on this track, terrible TERRIBLE hook, and honestly just awfully done theme. Its like Q wanted to be Lil Wayne with all his sexual innuendo but has no idea how to make a good song about sex. Also will Schoolboy Q stop trying to sing, he can't he's worse than Kanye.
Hoover Street - Ok first of all, the intro beat is rubbish, the cymbals stop half way through and the bassline is extremely cliche. On top of that Q isn't really doing anything worthwhile with this, I see literally 0 point in making this a 2 part song, especially if the first part doesn't even fit with the album. The second half, is slightly better produced, but the HOOK on this is so bad, I have 0 reason to listen to this again.
Studio - Decent beat, good hook, terrible verses. At the end Schoolboy Q tries to sing again, what is with this guy and attempting to sing, your voice is not meant to sing at all, this guy gotta sip lean or something to get his voice a little smoother. In fact I bet he sipped while he recorded Habits and Contradictions cause he sounds so different there.
Prescription-Oxymoron - This is basically the track that shows that Q tried to copy Kendrick's debut. First off ,the song Prescription is probably one of the best on the tape. Q sounds so down to earth here, and then his daughter's voice comes in and out and you can just imagine some guy passed out in a hazy dimly lit room with drugs on a table in front of him and his daughter desperately trying to see if he's ok. Oxymoron on the other hand is such a ridiculous change of pace and beat, it feels flat out wrong. The verses are decent but the hook is once again TERRIBLE.
The Purge - Beat is very grimy and actually well done for Tyler, the hook is good, but then gets flat out lazy, and the sirens get annoying after a while. One thing I hate is that you start off with Tyler and his voice which PERFECTLY match the beat, and suddenly Q drops in and he just sounds so out of place next to Tyler its not even funny. Kurupt destroys Schoolboy Q as every feature on this album is basically a renegade.
Blind Threats - Decent song, but I feel like Schoolboy Q is reaching to find something deeper than he really is. Raekwon comes in and delivers an amazing verse, proving once again, Q can't keep up with the best. Beat is average, nothing memorable though.
Hell of a Night - I like this song, already explained why earlier, this could be a real good hit.
Break The Bank - Let me tell you my problem with this song. First of all, Schoolboy Q is singing AGAIN and he can't sing at all, so why does he insist on doing it unassisted without any auto-tune or something to make him a little better. Another issue I have is in the middle when Schoolboy Q says
"Tell Kendrick move from the throne, I came for it
I hope this **** hit arrange for it, cause Goddamn"
You know what that says to me? That tells me Q has let the pressure come to him, it tells me he is desperate to be big, but put this **** in interviews instead of your songs and prove us through your songs these words are true.
Man Of The Year - Great beat, great hook, verses are terrible, when the snippet dropped, hype went up for this album, but the verses sound like Q just stuck them on last minute after thinking of this hook for so long.
His and Her Fiend - Terrible song, terrible beat, sounds lazy, literally adds nothing to the album
Grooveline Pt. 2 - Ok, kinda boring, has a chilled vibe. Of course Q gets renegaded again by Suga Free with a great verse. Doesn't hold a candle to the pt. 1 which is so much better.
**** LA - Heavy trap beat, Schoolboy Q sounds so out of place here, its not even funny. He needs to stick to his own sound and expand on it, instead of trying to do mainstream stuff like this
So basically this album is worse than Setbacks, its worse than Habits and Contradictions, and is a complete let down. The fact that Q called this better than Kendrick's album is laughable.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.5Dec 4, 2013Too many hipsters posting reviews. The fact is the first side is deep, the second side is dope. One pushes the mind to the limit with its lyricism and intense story telling, it pushes emotions with its down to earth roots. The second half pushes hip-hop as a music genre to the limit with its twisted edm influenced trap beats, Dip sounds like a club banger from the future. The second half listen to when you party, listen to it when you are on your own, its still great, you aren't looking for lyricism on those songs, you are looking for flows, and verbal attacks (hence Scrufizzer as a feature, the unique beat choices. The first half just happens to also be produced extremely will for what it is.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.5Sep 24, 2013Drake cements himself as one of rap's greats with this album, the deep woozy production and the songwriting on this is some of his best yet. People still can't take Drake seriously due to his past and that is sad and childish because they are missing out on some of the best music made to day. The album has many interesting samples, a lot of Wu-Tang inspired stuff such as the obvious Wu-Tang forever, and Pound Cake. The song "Furthest Thing" contains one of my favorite interludes with the DJ Screw inspired "smokin drinkin" transition. Too Much is one of Drake's most personal songs and Sampha's hook is impeccable. The song "Worst Behavior" is fantastic, it intends solely to offend the listener, and it accomplishes that well. Overall this album is a masterpiece and one of the best to drop this year.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.7Aug 4, 2013All these people with negative reviews are simply hating on the album for the sake of hating on it. This album is a masterpiece, Lil Wayne's Magnum Opus, an album that will put Lil Wayne with the greats. The song has a great mix of emotion with songs like Shoot Me Down, and bangers like A Milli, and Pop masterpieces like Lollipop, there is something mesmerizing about the way Lil Wayne flows so easily over his tracks. "Swallow my words, taste my thoughts, And if it's too nasty, spit it back at me" raps Lil Wayne on the intro, "3 Peat." This I feel is the definition of Lil Wayne's music, sharp edged words that sting and strike deep, and extreme sexual perversion to the point where it almost gets disgusting on a song like Monster." To the people that hate this album, give it an objective listen instead of judging it because it is a Lil Wayne album, this is a masterpiece.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.8Aug 3, 2013I look at these reviews, and I do not understand where this hatred is coming from. How is it that on this website, obvious troll reviews where the user even says they didn't listen to the album still are counted? Anyways, on to the album. I really enjoyed the sound Drake has achieved and mastered with his producer "40." The haunting intro "Over My Dead Body," is probably one of my favorite album intros of all time, the piano, the female vocals, Drake's casual flow, it all works fantastically. The next few tracks provide more excellence, Drake showcases his ability to lay down bars on "Headlines," "Underground Kings," and "Lord Knows," and make soft emotional tracks such as "Shot For Me," "Crew Love," and Marvin's Room."
Lyrically Drake isn't the astounding, but he manages to still be entertaining in his own right. He certainly was not the strongest rapper on his album, both Kendrick Lamar and Andre 3000 make appearances that have them dropping some fantastic verses, especially Kendrick who's verse might be one of the best of his career. I think that the true standout is the sound that Drake and his producers have crafted together, the clear influence from Kanye's 808s is very evident, but the production certainly doesn't mimic that style. The muted bass, the transitions, the more bombastic tracks, it all works and flows together really well. This album is incredibly cohesive, especially for a mainstream rap album. In some ways it reminds me of Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III.
The album certainly has its weaknesses though. For starters, it is a bit too long, at 18 tracks. At 90 minutes long it is a bit too much for my taste, and I feel like there are filler tracks for sure that could have been cut. Interestingly, the title track, "Take Care," is probably my least favorite track on the whole album. The whole thing sounds like some cheesy teenager love story, and I feel like Drake is much smarter than he portrays himself on that track. I wonder then what he was thinking when he named this track after the album (because I certainly doubt he derived his album name from this track). His track with Nicki Minaj, "Make Me Proud," is also a bit lacking. Nicki deliver's some cringe worthy bars, "I'm a star...sheriff badge." And although I don't dislike Drake's hook, I can see it getting old real fast.
One of the most underrated tracks on the album, I feel, is "Cameras/Good Ones Go Interlude." Its this sort of brooding dark track that builds up with this extremely noticeable bass. Drake croons sort of off-key, it is sort of like some sort of homage to the pain he goes through with fame and women. Then all of a sudden it switches to this interlude, with these sort of cloudy lighter synths and bass with Drake singing in a higher tone. It is basically an antithesis to the previous song that played, and might be my favorite part on the album.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.9Jun 21, 2013Jay Rock was the first Black Hippy member to really make an impact when he first appeared on the XXL Freshman cover in 2011. Unfortunately he seems to be the most ignored. I was a victim of this until I picked up his latest release, "Follow Me Home." Jay Rock does a good job portraying what it was like growing up in his neighborhood and out on the streets living a thug's life. He is lyrical, provides some moments with good word play. The thing he lacks is extreme depth. Having heard Jay Rock's other features on other work, he certainly has it in him to be on the same level as the rest of Black Hippy, he just has to put out more work. This album, while enjoyable in its production, flow, and delivery, doesn't break any barriers in hip-hop. It's just a really good west coast gangster hip-hop album.… Expand