Maybach Music Group looks to stay recession proof as Ricky Rozay leads the cavalry in "Self Made Vol. 2".
Maybach: over a century old now this luxury automobile brand will soon cease production for the second time during its illustrious reign. From tanks to trains, and of course Exelero’s and Landaulet’s, Maybach has a history to be proud of. That said their legacy in the rap game is just beginning.
Rick Ross began utilizing the moniker for his music group in 2008. And though the recession proved destructive for the car company, it only made the music stronger. In 2011 the roster gained depth with Wale and Meek Mill. It gained a group record as well. Self Made Vol. 1 was a certified success with a set of break through singles for Mill. Thereafter Stalley and Omarion joined the ranks, and volume two hit shelves with the five aforementioned faces and features.
The gold garnered general appears on almost every track. Offering fans some insight as to why his upcoming album has been delayed. This wide array of songs and sixteen’s gives eager fans something new to rotate and repeat. The lead single, “Bag of Money,” is an excellent example. So is “This Thing of Ours.” Therein the Teflon Don and the Don himself (Nas) discuss the insights success has afforded them. “Let’s Talk” must be mentioned also, as it sees Rick Ross shine alongside the Notorious B.I.G. It also see’s Omarion excel on the chorus. In fact Omarion exceeds expectations despite being relegated to only three songs. His vocals on “M.I.A.” make for one of the best records on the entire album.
Unfortunately the same can’t be said about Stalley. This isn’t to say his rhymes are lackluster, but rather that his overall presence isn’t as strong as it should be. His best verse is had on “Florescent Ink,” wherein he spits, “I ride a couple old schools, and some new girls. They like old jewels, and new pearls. They obey no rules, they some rude girls. You know the bad ones that rule the world.” Perhaps in time he will achieve the same success his label-mates Wale and Meek Mill have.
Mill follows his tried and true formula on, “Black Magic.” Bragging heavily over hard bass, and aided by the Boss on the hook. He also does well on “Actin Up,” proving yet again that if the beat is intense enough Meek is set to slaughter. Wale does well throughout. For the most part he plays as point guard, able to assist consistently. However, he does stand out on the Boi-1da production, “I Be Puttin On.” An impressive feat considering the company he keeps therein.
MMG affiliates French Montana and Wiz Khalifa make memorable appearances, as well as Triple C’s emcee Gunplay. All in all it’s an excellent compilation. Such a solid group sequel hasn’t been seen since the Ruff Ryders did the same. It’s been awhile, and the wait has been worth it. But unlike the double-R, MMG appears recession proof.