Rise Of An Empire (Deluxe Edition)
Label: Cash Money Records/Motown Records
What a difference three years make. On the first Young Money comp, Lil Wayne and the kids swaggered around with harmless naïveté as they chirped about "BedRock." But now? The YMCMB tone is hard and weary. On the ratchet-fitted "Senile," Tyga claims, "You ain't safe from my n*gg*s like O-Dog." Euro, who's a vocal ringer for Drake, gives an "Induction Speech" about blowing up even though this is his first major appearance. The album's peak is Nicki Minaj's "Lookin Ass N*gg*," which dismembers the kind of thug exaggerations so rife here with impressive venom. You can't be mad at her for that.