Miami's Best Albums of 2011: Rick Ross and Maybach Music Group's Self-Made, Vol. 1

To close out the year, Crossfade is picking its favorite albums by 305 artists. Check out the full list of Miami's Best Albums of 2011.

Maybach Music Group

Self-Made, Vol. 1


Don't no one got grind like The Boss.

When it comes to the post-gangsta rap game, Rick Ross is the hardest working man in show biz.

His mantra is "Every day, I'm hustlin'." And big homie ain't kidding. He's even hustled so hard that he didn't sleep for five years, got supertired, and finally suffered a pair of seizures while trying to haul ass to Memphis in October.

Our point: Just like their employer, Rozay's MMG crew members -- Torch, Gunplay, Wale, Meek Mill, Teedra Moses, Pill, and Stalley -- are constantly cranking at maximum speed.

And that's the reason Self-Made, Vol. 1 is among the 305's best slabs of 2011. Tracks like "Tupac Back," "600 Benz," and "Ima Boss" aren't stunningly original rap riffs. They're just extra-solid bangers that come so hard it's like getting hit by a motherfuckin' Maybach doing 1000MPH.

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