Rick Ross' 'Trilla' not as strong as debut

Rick Ross busted onto the scene with 2006’s stellar Port of Miami, but when it came time to follow up that hit album, the end result, 2008’s Trilla, fell short of expectations.

For starters, the album tried to re-copy the sound of Port of Miami, but most of the tracks on Trilla comes up sounding like re-hashes rather than sounding groundbreaking. Granted, there were a few tracks that are worth a listen; “All I Have In This World,” featuring Mannie Fresh, was a track that packed a lot of punch, and “The Boss,” (No. 17 Hot 100, No. 5 R&B, No. 2 Rap) featuring fellow Florida artist T-Pain, was a nice mid-tempo track that will keep your head nodding.

But unlike Port of Miami, there are some tracks on Trilla that you can easily live without. It’s not that the tracks were bad, but they lack originality. “This Me” is one of those tracks that was a holdover from the debut, “Mayback Music,” featuring Jay-Z, has been copied 50 times over, “Luxury Tax,” featuring Lil Wayne, Jeezy and Trick Daddy, has a nice beat to it, but the lyrics sound strange and out of places, especially Wayne’s verse.

Another weak track was “Reppin My City,” featuring Triple C and Brisco. Although “Reppin My City” had a killer back beat to it, the lyrics are really weak, and it brings the track down. Ross showed is sentimental side on Trilla as well, with the album’s closer, “I’m Only Human,” featuring Rodney, sounding kind of stale, but overall, it was a nice and sincere track.

When put up against Port of Miami, Trilla is an overall weaker product, and although it did feature some noteworthy tracks, the sheer number of filler tracks is what brings Trilla down. Instead of expanding on the sound made popular on his debut, he went for the artist mistake of trying to copy the sound to make another big hit, and in the eyes of critics that is a big no-no.

If you are a fan of Rick Ross, you could give Trilla a listen, but for general rap fans, you may want to skip over Trilla.