Contributor: D. Chandler
OK, so Rick Ross knows the golden rule and he’s been consistent in applying it. He who makes the gold rules, which is something the MC has been doing ever since he bogarted his way into the rap game.
The 36-year-old rapper has survived a lot of controversy over the years, and has managed to remain at the top of his game. The recent release of his new Album indicates he still has what it takes to sell music. Yesterday, rapradar.com reported that Rick Ross’s “God Forgives, I Don’t” will hit number one with 215,000 copies sold today; a massive success if true. The news was followed by a tweet from the Teflon Don himself that read, “It’s official!!! ‘God forgives I Don’t’ no.1 Album in the Country selling 225,400 in its 1st week!!!!! @DefJamRecords #wellorchestrated.
It wasn’t that long ago when TMZ reported that Ross had been rendered unconscious as a result of a seizure in late 2011. In fact he suffered two sever eruptions that knocked him out each time. But the rapper overcame each incident and was able to continue his journey through life.
Then in March of this year Ross prevailed as the defendant in a suit filed by “Freeway” Rick Ross over ownership and use of the “Rick Ross” name. TMZ reporting from a Los Angeles County Superior Court notified fans that the judge ruled, “Freeway” Rick had no case and threw out the lawsuit.
Displaying his bitterness, “Freeway’ responded to the decision by pointing out that Rick had nine high profile attorneys while he had volunteer non-high profile attorneys, and no money to afford the big name lawyer. But it was the rapper Rick Ross “Freeway” ways facing, and he is usually consistent in whatever he does, which means this too was “well orchestrated”
Indeed as always with Ross the release was well orchestrated and has superseded expectations.
Billboard expects the fifth studio album to become his fourth No. 1 LP on the Billboard 200, when the charts new top 10 is revealed on Wednesday morning (August 8).
If Billboard’s early projection comes to fruition, then “God Forgives, I Don’t” will spell Rozay’s best first-week sales numbers since “Trilla” (2008) entered the charts with 198,000 units moved, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Ross dropped his current LP on Tuesday (July 31) to great fanfare and buzz just over a month after his Maybach Music Group released their Self Made, Vol. 2 compilation album. “God Forgives, I Don’t” features the star-studded likes of Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, Andre 3000 and Rozay’s MMG family members Meek Mill, Wale, Stalley and R&B crooner Omarion.
The Teflon Don has already dropped three singles in support of the project, including the most recent, “Hold Me Back.”
The Miami MC recently confirmed rumors of the gritty, New Orleans-shot video for “Hold Me Back” being banned by BET, prompting a conversation between him and the network’s president Stephen Hill to finally green light the clip.
At Metacritic, which assigns a normalize rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, “God Forgives, I Don’t” receive an average score of 75, based on 15 reviews. This spell good news for Ross since the reviews are primarily favorable.
The album charted at #8 on the UK Album Charts and #2 on the UK R&B Album Charts making it Ross’s highest charting album and first top 10 album in the United Kingdom.
It will be interesting to see if “God Forgives, I Don’t” has the staying power to break all previous sells records established by Ross’s earlier albums, but if, as Ross says, this release is well orchestrated, expect nothing less that a massive success as he rakes in the nuggets of gold.