Can We Forgive Rick Ross For This Mistake?

October 12th, 2012

(Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for BET)

By Gee King

Just over two months ago, Rick Ross was celebrating the success of God Forgives, I Don’t; his much hyped fifth album which sold over 218,000 copies in its first week and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Like most releases from Ross’ Maybach Music Group, God Forgives received a massive press push, was set-up by an album-quality mixtape (Rich Forever) and featured the most sought after names in the rap game: Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Andre 3000. But although the album was a commercial success and received mostly positive reviews from critics, it certainly didn’t match the massive expectations created by Ross’ promotional push and the hip hop-wide expectation that this would be the album that cemented Ricky Rozay as one of rap’s greatest MCs. Could that be why Ross made the head-scratching decision to release his newest mixtape, The Black Bar Mitzvah, just months after dropping a project that was two years in-the-making? Instead of letting the album that was supposed to be his masterpiece sit with the fans and grow on them, he rushed out a jacking-for-beats style mixtape. What was the point? Rick Ross presents himself as a businessman first, though he’s also expressed higher creative ambitions than most rappers. So we have to think that this move was made with a mind on the paper in his pockets, not the paper in his rhyme book. There are a lot of business strategies at play here, including Maybach’s favorite, flooding the marketplace. The industry is still struggling and Ross is one of the few MCs with the power and capital to truly saturate a starving market. But besides introducing Rockie Fresh, who stood tall on freestyles over “Clique,” “Mercy” and “Presidential,” and shamelessly promoting Meek Mill’s impending Dreams & Nightmares debut, he didn’t have much to tell us about the MMG team.

This wasn’t a clearly artistic move, either. Maybe we’d understand if he wanted to drop a few of the hot verses and beats that didn’t make God Forgives, but Ross instead went in the other direction. After raising the bar for himself and his peers with stellar mixtapes like The Albert Anastasia EP, Ashes to Ashes and Rich Forever, how could he fall to his own standards? But while those featured plenty of original music and spawned hits of their own, The Black Bar Mitzvah appears to be a step back to the jacking-for-beats-style tapes that Lil Wayne once dominated the game with. And again, we ask, why? Even the concept and execution of the tape seem rushed and archaic compared to Ross’ previous output. The term “Black Bar Mitzvah” is yet another phrase Ross borrowed from mentor Jay-Z, who first dropped the line on 2007’s “Roc Boys.” But while Jay’s reference was clever and original (he even through in a “L’chaim!”) Ross doesn’t even bother to fully conceive imagery that matches the tape’s theme. Besides the occasional clichéd references to Jewish lawyers and Jewelers, the tape lacks the cohesiveness of Rich Forever, which stated and restated its message with skits, high-profile collabs and an overarching tone of excess that makes Rozay one of hip hop’s most beloved characters.

So what was the point, Rick? Were you just trying to piss off Shyne, an Orthodox Jew who hilariously took the mixtape title and imagery as a direct shot from the Boss. Or maybe he just wanted to address the BET Awards altercations his crew had with Young Jeezy’ CTE camp and 50 Cent’s G-Unit. Whatever the case, the Teflon Don has groomed us to expect more from him than The Black Bar Mitzvah. We can only speculate as to what was on his mind, but we can be sure he won’t be the biggest boss for much longer if he makes it a habit of making small-minded moves.

For more, log on to

  • Digg It
  • Delicious


burberry online sale Said on

Hello! I’m at work surfing around your blog from my new iphone! Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts! Keep up the superb work!
burberry online sale

how to get cheapest Louis Vuitton Softsided Luggage Said on

Well I sincerely enjoyed studying it. This tip offered by you is very helpful for good planning.
how to get cheapest Louis Vuitton Softsided Luggage

Click Here Said on

I cling on to listening to the news broadcast lecture about getting free online grant applications so I have been looking around for the finest site to get one. Could you advise me please, where could i find some?
Click Here

freaky loopiano Said on

Beats By Dr.Dre On Ear Headphones Said on

I am constantly invstigating online for posts that can assist me. Thx!
Beats By Dr.Dre On Ear Headphones

Eva Said on

Hi Dear, are you in fact visiting this website regularly, if so after that you will absolutely get fastidious experience. Feel free to surf to my webpage :: christian louboutin uk sale

Steffen Said on

Hi there! This is kind of off topic but I need some guidance from an established blog. Is it very difficult to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty quick. I’m thinking about making my own but I’m not sure where to start. Do you have any points or suggestions? Thanks Take a look at my website ?? ???

Suzette Said on

you are in point of fact a just right webmaster. The site loading pace is amazing. It seems that you are doing any unique trick. Furthermore, The contents are masterpiece. you’ve done a wonderful task on this matter! Also visit my web page: ?? ???

Susannah Said on

Your meаns of tеllіng all іn this article is really gοоd, every οnе bе able to simplу know it, Thanks a lot. my pаge – hghenergizer

Eduardo Cormany Said on

I conceive you have mentioned some very interesting details , thankyou for the post.

a8601880 Said on

I’ve said that least 8601880 times. SKC was here…

Leta Said on

I haѵe lеaгn several good stuff heгe. Ϲertaіnly worth bookmаrkіng for revisіting. I ѕurprise how so much effort you put to make such a exсеllent іnfоrmative site. Mу webpage; cenaslim brasil

baby items Said on

Lovely just what I was looking for.

free baby diapers Said on

this web site is my breathing in, rattling excellent pattern and perfect subject material .

baby samples for free Said on

I am impressed with this web site , really I am a fan .

free baby diapers Said on

Rattling clean internet site , thankyou for this post.

Gladys Said on

Fastidіous response іn гeturn of thіѕ difficultу with genuіne аrguments аnd explaining everything regaгԁіng that. Also visit my web blog :: Como ganhar massa muscular rapido