Port of Miami 2

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Port of Miami 2
Port of Miami 2 by Rick Ross.jpeg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 9, 2019 (2019-08-09)
GenreHip hop
Length66:29
Label
Producer
Rick Ross chronology
Rather You Than Me
(2017)
Port of Miami 2
(2019)
Singles from Rather You Than Me
  1. "Act a Fool"
    Released: June 21, 2019
  2. "Big Tyme"
    Released: July 2, 2019
  3. "Gold Roses"
    Released: July 26, 2019

Port of Miami 2 is the tenth studio album by American rapper Rick Ross. It was released on August 9, 2019, by Epic Records and Maybach Music Group. The album features guest appearances from Wale, Gunplay, Summer Walker, Dej Loaf, Swizz Beatz, Meek Mill, Nipsey Hussle, Teyana Taylor, Jeezy, YFN Lucci, Ball Greezy, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Denzel Curry, John Legend, Lil Wayne, and Drake. Port of Miami 2 serves as the sequel to Ross' debut album, Port of Miami, released in 2006. It was supported by three singles: "Act a Fool", "Big Tyme", and "Gold Roses".

Background[edit]

On July 16, 2019, the album's release date was announced.[1] On July 31, Rick Ross was featured in an interview on Big Boy's Neighborhood Radio show in which he said:

Ross shared the album's tracklist on August 1, 2019.[3]

Artwork[edit]

The artwork, an homage to the original Port of Miami cover depicts Ross holding a pendant with a picture of Black Bo, his friend and manager, who died in December 2017.[1]

Singles[edit]

The album's lead single, "Act a Fool" featuring Wale, was released on June 21, 2019.[4]

The second single, "Big Tyme" featuring Swizz Beatz, was released on July 2, 2019.[5] The music video for the song was released on July 30.[6]

The third single, "Gold Roses" featuring Drake, was released on July 26, 2019.[7]

Promotional singles[edit]

"Turnpike Ike" was released as a promotional single on August 6, 2019.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic66/100[9]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[10]
Clash8/10[11]
HotNewHipHop79%[12]
NME3/5 stars[13]
Pitchfork6.6/10[14]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[15]

Port of Miami 2 was met with generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 66, based on six reviews.[9] Aaron Bishop of Clash wrote that Port of Miami 2 "shows Renzel with his pen at his sharpest, his beats at their grandest and his coveted guest verse spots at their most impactful. Over a decade at the top of the rap mountain has seen the MMG icon have his ups and downs. But on what is his tenth studio album, he proves why he’s achieved such longevity in the fickle game that is rap. Tracks such as "Turnpike Ike" showcase the four-time Grammy nominee at his very best, while his willingness to delve into topics outside of his luxurious lifestyle add a depth and gravitas to the record that make it a worthy successor to the original thirteen years on."[11] Andy Kellman of AllMusic saying "Frequent serious references to mortality make Port of Miami 2 his heaviest recording."[10] Evan Rytlewski of Pitchfork stated: "Too often on Port of Miami 2, he locks into the flow of least resistance and simply lets it ride, hiding behind his production instead of asserting his dominion over it. And while his music remains sumptuous as always, that luster alone is no longer enough to wow."[14]

In a mixed review, Rolling Stone's Christopher R. Weingarten stated: "Most of his 10th album, Port of Miami 2, is Ross exactly as you know and love him: the obscene boasts, the window-cracking bass, the speedboat cool, the various spins on raps-to-riches success."[15] Will Lavin of NME said, "While the beginning of the album struggles, you'll be hard pushed to find a five-song stretch as flawless as the close out tracks on Ross' 10th studio album."[13] Jesse Fairfax of Spin wrote that "Port of Miami 2 further cements Ross as a mainstay among the aging elite—those rappers whose names now carry them further than their music does. Playing it safe with the sequel to his far more ambitious debut LP, Ross regurgitates that which people have come to love from him, or at least have accepted as his standard."[16]

Commercial performance[edit]

Port of Miami 2 debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200, behind Slipknot's sixth album We Are Not Your Kind, with 80,000 album-equivalent units, of which 25,000 were pure album sales. It is Ross's 10th US top 10 album.[17]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[18]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Act a Fool" (featuring Wale)Beat Billionaire4:46
2."Turnpike Ike"
Jake One4:20
3."Nobody's Favorite" (featuring Gunplay)
Trop4:05
4."Summer Reign" (featuring Summer Walker)3:46
5."White Lines" (featuring Dej Loaf)
  • Roberts II
  • Deja Trimble
  • Carlos Martin
  • Michael Cerda
  • Michael Hernández
  • Carlos Suarez
  • Rowan
  • Cameone
3:19
6."Big Tyme" (featuring Swizz Beatz)
Just Blaze4:02
7."Bogus Charms" (featuring Meek Mill)
  • Streetrunner
  • Azzouz
4:01
8."Rich Nigga Lifestyle" (featuring Nipsey Hussle and Teyana Taylor)
Cardiak4:09
9."Born to Kill" (featuring Jeezy)
Trop4:40
10."Fascinated"
  • Roberts II
  • Corey Burroughs
  • Thomas Bennett
  • Avery Branch
  • Bill Withers
  • Dollarz
  • Sam Sneak
5:25
11."I Still Pray" (featuring YFN Lucci and Ball Greezy)DJ Toomp4:56
12."Running the Streets" (featuring A Boogie wit da Hoodie and Denzel Curry)
MajorNine3:44
13."Vegas Residency"
5:19
14."Maybach Music VI" (featuring John Legend and Lil Wayne)J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League4:02
15."Gold Roses" (featuring Drake)
5:49
Total length:66:29

Notes

  • "Big Tyme" is stylized in all caps, and features background vocals by Ken Lewis
  • "Bogus Charms" features vocals by Sam Harvey and November Ultra
  • "Rich Nigga Lifestyle" features vocals by Will Gittens
  • "Fascinated" features vocals by Bishop
  • "Vegas Residency" features vocals by Teedra Moses

Sample credits

  • "Turnpike Ike" contains a sample from "Help (Someone Please)", written by Eddie Levert and Robert Dukes, performed by The O'Jays.
  • "Summer Reign" contains a sample from "Rain", written by Brian Alexander Morgan and Jaco Pastorius, performed by SWV.
  • "Rich Nigga Freestyle" contains a sample from "Does Your Mama Know", written by Will Gittens, Thomas Bennett, Mic Lovay, Robert Curington, and Rudy Love, performed by Rudy Love & The Love Family.
  • "Fascinated" contains a sample from "Ain't No Sunshine", written by Bill Withers, performed by Lyn Collins.
  • "Gold Roses" contains a sample from "Israël Suite", written by Sylvian Krief and Boris Bergman, performed by Rupture.

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[18]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[19] 79
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[20] 60
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[21] 134
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[22] 8
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[23] 15
French Albums (SNEP)[24] 78
UK Albums (OCC)[25] 18
US Billboard 200[17] 2

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Rick Ross on His 10th Album 'Port of Miami 2', Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky + A Lot More!". Big Boy's Neighborhood. July 31, 2019. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  3. ^ Saponara, Michael (August 1, 2019). "Rick Ross Unveils 'Port of Miami 2' Track List, Feat. Nipsey Hussle, Teyana Taylor & Meek Mill". Billboard. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  4. ^ VIBE Staff (June 21, 2019). "Rick Ross And Wale Link On "Act A Fool"". Vibe. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  5. ^ Marie, Erika (July 2, 2019). "Rick Ross Comes Through With "Big Tyme" Ft. Swizz Beatz". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  6. ^ "Watch Rick Ross' "BIG TYME" Video Starring Swizz Beatz and Jordyn Woods". Complex. July 30, 2019. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  7. ^ Zemler, Emily (July 26, 2019). "Hear Drake Reunite With Rick Ross on 'Gold Roses'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  8. ^ Cowen, Trace William (August 6, 2019). "Rick Ross Shares New 'Port of Miami 2' Track "Turnpike Ike"". Complex. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
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  10. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "Port of Miami 2 – Rick Ross". AllMusic. Retrieved August 18, 2019.
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  17. ^ a b Caulfield, Keith (August 18, 2019). "Slipknot Ties Up Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'We Are Not Your Kind'". Billboard. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
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