Black Market
Rick Ross - Black Market
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2015 Ratings: #616 / 743
User Score
Based on 34 ratings
2015 Ratings: #330
December 4, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Def Jam / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
Your Review



While his last projects Mastermind and Hood Billionaire seemed to be ones to keep the labels happy, this project is another tally in the “W” column for Ross and his MMG imprint – he took this one seriously.


This Miami Don remains an unapologetic and indefensible brute -- and he says as much on this very LP -- but this rough, honest, and ambitious work is like his Raging Bull.


All in all, Black Market does its job. It doesn’t hit as hard as some previous albums, but it surely proves just how good Rick Ross can be as a songwriter and collaborator. It also proves how sharp he has become as a rapper.


The motivated, slightly weary Ross heard on Black Market—which has no MMG features—is a better fit for the moment than the bulletproof supervillain of old. Ross has proven his resilience in the past; maybe carefully controlled doses of reality are just what he needs to move forward.

Tiny Mix Tapes

A grounded, more “personal” Rick Ross isn’t anywhere as interesting as the action-movie antihero Ricky Rozay.

Jul 28, 2016
best Ross album since Teflon Don. continuing with this style seems like a better option than what he's been contributing to the rap game post 2010
Dec 22, 2015
the production is amazing,
lyrics are okay, a step up from "Hood Billionaire"
Dec 5, 2015
The best album officer Ricky has ever made, and probably the best one he is capable of making.
Dec 4, 2015
rick ross brings his absolute best. this is a big change from 2014's mastermind and hood billionaire; there are even significant differences from september's black dollar. ross incorporates a very soulful jazz-style production on this record, and he ups his lyrical game to be more conscious and regarding important ideas and events. this album tells more of a story than any of his LPs with skits, and any of his LPs in general. ross goes back to a similar style that he had in his teflon don ... read more
Dec 4, 2015*
Rick Ross steps up his game lyrically, opting for understated beats and less radio-targeted features, although Rick wouldn't drop something unprofitable for Maybach Music or Def Jam. The only question is, is Rozay really writing this shit? I mean certain songs sound like blatantly ghostwritten verses.
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Track List
  1. Free Enterprise (feat. John Legend)
  2. Smile Mama, Smile (feat. CeeLo Green)
  3. One of Us (feat. Nas)
  4. Silk Road
  5. Color Money
  6. Dope Dick
  7. Crocodile Python
  8. Ghostwriter
  9. Black Opium (feat. DJ Premier)
  10. Can't Say No (feat. Mariah Carey)
  11. Peace Sign
  12. Very Best (feat. Mary J. Blige)
  13. Sorry (feat. Chris Brown)
  14. D.O.P.E. (feat. Future)

Added on: November 5, 2015