Master P

Only God Can Judge Me

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Listeners hoping that Master P would return to the level of quality that he achieved on his 1997 breakthrough album, Ghetto D, will only find themselves even more disappointed with Only God Can Judge Me. MP da Last Don had supposedly been Master P's final album, so when he decided to return after his very brief retirement, most thought it was to redeem himself after the immense criticism heaped onto him in 1998. Unfortunately, Only God Can Judge Me only reaffirms that harsh criticism and actually warranted even more scathing words (as if there already weren't enough No Limit haters). After only a few minutes into the album it becomes obvious that Master P feels rather bitter about his critics and actually does make a sincere effort to make this a diverse album. This comes with the glut of somber songs such as "Ghetto in the Sky" and "Where Do We Go From Here" that retread the territory previously explored on radio-friendly songs such as "I Miss My Homies." Of course, there are a few moments when he sticks to proven formulas such as on "Step to This," a rather rousing song much in the spirit of "Make 'Em Say Uhh!" Yet for as sincerely as this album attempts to improve upon the dullness of MP da Last Don by crafting a well-balanced album that alternates between bumpin' Dirty South bounce tracks and sentimental life-is-rough-as-a-thug ballads, it offers some of the clumsiest moments in Master P's career.

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