Release Date: Jun 26, 2012
Record label: Warner Bros.
Rick Ross is a boss who knows how to get results. The Maybach Music maven guided last year’s Vol. 1 to a top five chart debut, and his next entry, Self Made Vol. 2, doubles down on the talent. His stable of rising stars is scary good: Stalley’s young-Nas intensity, Wale’s brainy word ….
Released just as summer 2012 became official, Maybach Music Group Presents Self Made, Vol. 2: The Untouchable Empire finds Rick Ross and his crew doing it big with a mixtape worth of thuggy club music, but there are some solid anchors here that go way deeper than expected. First and best of the deep bits is the Wale, Ross, and Nas team-up "This Thing of Ours," a slower creeper from Don Cannon that bleeps along with economical production, all as the three Dons solemnly reflect on their wins and losses.
“If Michael Jackson came alive right now, he’d ask you to smoke one for him. So in his honor [puffs].” Rick Ross utters those words as an introduction to Self Made Vol. 2, which probably ascribes undue importance to the album, but perfectly exemplifies Rick Ross’ style. MMG’s head honcho has made it clear: boasts and boats, Beamers and Benzes—these are the things that make Rick Ross’ personality even bigger than his ample frame.
Less than a year ago, Rick Ross nearly died. The cause and convalescence couldn't be more true to form: After suffering a series of seizures on a private plane, Rozay gave the biggest middle finger to Father Time by taking pictures at a motherfucking Wingstop with DJ Khaled mere hours later. And then Rich Forever came out in January, a 79-minute Robb Report-style brag that recommended you try the lemon pepper at one of his Wingstop franchises while finding it unnecessary to mention his brush with death.
Hot crews come and go. But if the steady stream of music Maybach Music Group has been dropping over the past 12 or so months is any indication, the Rick Ross–anchored collective is poised to become the exception to that rule. The crew’s second LP in roughly a year span, Self Made 2 aims to solidify MMG as the hardest-working clique in the game, as well as to serve as an appetizer for the camp’s two highly anticipated summer releases: Rick Ross’ God Forgives, I Don’t (Def Jam Recordings) and Meek Mill’s debut album, Dreams and Nightmares (MMG/ Warner Bros.).
With a month to go before the scheduled release of Rick Ross's fifth album, his imprint, Maybach Music Group, has released Self Made ? Vol.2. While Meek Mill, Wale and Omarion are featured prominently, it's Ohio native Stalley that impresses the most over the course of his four tracks. On an album in which the grandiose is par for the course, Stalley is able to hit quiet birdies.