Three volumes in and Rick Ross' Maybach Music Presents series Self Made officially becomes an annual concern with this 2013 edition featuring one of the biggest label roster lineups to date, including Ross, Meek Mill, Wale, Omarion, and secret weapon Stalley. That last name shines on the key cut "Coupes & Roses," which sinks into the couch with '70s R&B and plush production from Kebu and Childish Major, but the rest of the bangers are unsurprisingly superstar, including the uplifting "Black Grammys" from Wale, Mill, Rockie Fresh, and special guest J. Cole, which also offers up the new catch phrase, "I did it for the family, I'm gonna take my momma to the Grammys." Don recognize Boss when Birdman joins Ross for the massive "Stack on My Belt," while key cut "Gallardo" gets credited to Gunplay even if it’s the Maybach boss who steals the show. With the lights getting low on Omarion's "Say Don't Go," and things getting poignant on "The Great Americans," this is the Self Made where the slow and restrained moments offer rich rewards, but it's still a label sampler at heart, so a pre-love of platinum gangsta music and that slick Maybach sound are still advised.
AllMusic Review by David Jeffries