There are no surprises on MMG's "Self Made 3" album, just the music you would expect.
Mmmmaybach music. The heaviest group in hip-hop presents the third volume of their Self Made album series. Formulaically, the self-proclaimed untouchable Maybach empire haven't missed a step. Likewise previous installments in the series, Self Made Vol. 3 is packed with speaker-knocking beats driven by Rozay and company. Little new is brought to the table, but that doesn't mean the double-M G crew isn't still eating.
Bosses don't rebuild, they reload. This time around, Rockie Fresh plays the rookie role. The Chi-town rapper shines on the project, spitting impressive verses on "Black Grammys" and "What Ya Used To". Rockie Fresh isn't quite a first-tier artist yet, but his contributions on the album are an excellent introduction to the big stage.
Self-Made Vol. 3 is an album full of variety. The project showcases lyrical rap in "Poor Decisions," smooth R&B in "Know You Better", and mirror-shaking bangers like "Gallardo". Even with the variety of styles and production offered on the project, it is only a step above mediocrity. Meek Mill and Rockie Fresh add flavor to most songs, but tracks like "Lay It Down" and Stalley's "Coupes & Roses" fail to make a mark.
As with YMCMB, MMG's team chemistry has faded over the past couple years. Individual careers of Wale and Meek Mill have taken off since their signings with Ross; their passion to work collectively has diminished. Significantly, the group's big three failed to collaborate on a song as a trio, which is unlike the first two volumes. Despite all of that, Self Made Vol. 3 is a well formulated yet scattered piece of work that illustrates the strengths of each member well.