Rick Ross just put out his latest album, Better You Than Me, and he's already talking about his next project.
As if that wasn't surprising enough, he told 103.5 The Beat that this next album, his tenth, will be called Port of Miami 2: Born to Kill. That's right, the Bawse is taking on perhaps his greatest challenge, making a rap album sequel.
The "Rap Album Sequel" is perhaps the hardest type of album to make
With rap's roots in rocking the party before it was ever committed to wax, the idea of the rap album sequel is the equivalent of that one guy at the end of a great party who won't leave. Not including projects released as "Volumes" or mixtapes, there have realistically only really ever been about five worthwhile rap album sequels.
Most others are quick anniversary cash-ins – Twista's Adreneline Rush 2007 and Method Man and Redman's 2009 reunion Blackout 2. There are also "returns to form" to remind listeners of their most well-received work – 2010's Capone-N-Noriega's The War Report 2: Report the War, Lloyd Banks' H.F.M. 2 (The Hunger For More 2). Neither of which apply to Ross' Port of Miami.
While 2006's Port of Miami brought Ross to mainstream prominence, and made "Hustlin" one of the biggest singles in the genre's struggling era, the rest of Port of Miami isn't as stellar as what Ross would do later. Even as a rapper, Ross admittedly wasn't trying to impress anybody at the time. We got the first sign of what would become his current style six months after Port of Miami's release with his show-stealing verse on The Game's needlessly long "One Blood" remix.
Let's also keep in mind that the rap album sequels that are legitimately great – like Dr Dre's 2001, Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 and Nas' Stillmatic – are also considered triumphs in spite of the astronomical odds in front of them. All three were essentially comeback albums that helped solidify the artists' legacies. Ross doesn't need that.
He hasn't fallen off, and given how far he's progressed since Port of Miami, it's peculiar why, of all his albums, that's the particular project he's looking to franchise.
Of course, all we have of Port of Miami 2 is just Ross' words and a title. There's an entire sub-genre of rap album sequels that were announced but never materialized. There's Busta Rhymes' E.L.E. 2 and the proper Madvillainy 2, and unauthorized sequels like Freeway's Philadelphia Freeway 2 and the handful of Dr. Octagon sequels. Being that Port of Miami 2 came from Ross' lips, we know that the Bawse actually is involved.
We're optimistic for Port of Miami 2. Here's hoping there's a track called "Everyday I'm STILL Hustlin."