Miguel kicks things off with another pre-game drop. As any album purist knows, the opening track often plays an important role in establishing the project’s tone, and it seems as if Miguel is setting things off on a harder note. “Criminal,” which features one of hip-hop’s biggest bosses Rick Ross, doesn’t exactly celebrate the menace of the underworld, but rather flirts with the temptation of a less-than-law-abiding lifestyle, at least in a metaphorical sense.
Rick Ross, on the other hand, is no stranger to playing the villain. Having established himself as a lavish and ostentatious player in an extensive cast of characters, Ross continues to find new and memorable ways of flaunting the sheer limits of his wealth. The production is reminiscent of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ “Empire State Of Mind.