Maybach Music Group has just released their new compilation album Self Made Vol. 2, the follow-up project to the compilation released back in May 2011. Things are a bit different over at MMG, for one, the roster has changed since the last project’s release. Both Meek Mill and Wale have taken huge steps in their careers with Meek having two big hits in”Ima Boss” and “Tupac Back,” while Wale’s second studio album Ambition debuted at number two on the Billboard charts and has since gone “gold” this past May. Pill, who was featured on the first compilation album, is no longer affiliated with MMG and artists like Stalley (who was featured on one song on the first compilation album), Gunplay and Omarion have since been added to the roster. The production on this album, which is handled by producers Beat Billionaire, Lee Major, Don Cannon, Cardiak, Boi-1da and a few others, is on point like every MMG-released project.
The first track on the album, “Power Circle,” features all MMG artists along with TDE’s Kendrick Lamar. It is a great start to the album with all artists involved reciting some hard-hitting verses. The following song “Black Magic” that features Meek Mill and Rick Ross will very likely end up being a very big record for Meek just like “Tupac Back” and “Ima Boss” were on the last compilation album. French Montana is featured quite heavily on this compilation album but his best track on the album is “Actin Up,” with Wale and Meek Mill, where he provides a catchy hook and a decent verse. Surprisingly, Gunplay is only featured twice on the album, less than French Montana, which doesn’t make any sense since he’s actually on the MMG roster. Regardless of that fact, Gunplay’s track “Black On Black” with Bun B and Ace Hood on the hook is one of the true standout tracks on the album and a personal favorite.
The track “Bag Of Money” has been the first track off the new album to get some rotation on the radio. Omarion’s “Let’s Talk” (which includes a sample of Biggie’s “Big Poppa”) and “M.I.A” definitely have the potential of getting some spins as well. The Wale and Stalley combination has proven to be a really good formula after hearing the two tracks they have together alongside Rick Ross. “As long as I’m delivering, this genre gonna be winning,” Wale boasts on “Fluorescent Ink” and if there is anyone who can back that statement up, it is definitely Wale.
Pick up Self Made Vol. 2 in stores or on iTunes.
Key Tracks: Black Magic, Black On Black, Fluorescent Ink, Actin Up, Power Circle