With his upcoming album War & Leisure dropping tomorrow, December 1st, Miguel kicks things off with another pre-game drop. As any album purist knows, the opening track often plays an important role in establishing the project's tone, and it seems as if Miguel is setting things off on a harder note. "Criminal," which features one of hip-hop's biggest bosses Rick Ross, doesn't exactly celebrate the menace of the underworld, but rather flirts with the temptation of a less-than-law-abiding lifestyle, at least in a metaphorical sense. And let's be honest, with that angelic voice, could Miguel ever really commit to a life of crime?
Rick Ross, on the other hand, is no stranger to playing the villain. Having established himself as a lavish and ostentatious player in an extensive cast of characters, Ross continues to find new and memorable ways of flaunting the sheer limits of his wealth. The production is reminiscent of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' "Empire State Of Mind," and if you like this, be sure to catch War And Leisure, set to drop at midnight. For now, "Criminal" is available in select international markets (but you already know what to do).
You see, I just want someone that I can trust,
Baby is that true, is that us?