At the top of the year Rick Ross released Rich Forever, which was a nuts mixtape. It was madhouse. Like truly madhouse. Damn. Like fuck. Some insane songs on their. Last time I talked about French Montana, the song “Stay Schemin’” on Rich Forever was like his big break. And like there are so many great songs on that mixtape, and some of them are just Ross for like 3 minutes, but they still are good.
Then God Forgives, I Don’t came out. I’m not gonna judge it hella hard. It disappointed a lot of people after Rich Forever. I’d be lying if I wasn’t hoping I would like it as much as the mixtape. But also, I like mixtape rap more than album rap. I don’t know if I dislike GFID, I just have only listened to it a few time, partially cuz i listen to less music in the summer, and also cuz it was no Rich Forever.
Now tonight The Black Bar Mitzvah came out. This is what’s weird about it. It’s one thing for an artist to make a jacking for beats mixtape. Some of my favorite mixtapes are rappers totally on other dudes shit, even with some hella popular songs. Like fucking Starlito’s Post-Traumatic Stress is nuts. I knew “Pretty Boy Swag” as “Tity Boi Swag” from Tity Boi’s (Now 2 Chainz) Trap-a-velli 2 for like months before I knew the real song, and I was confused as fuck.
TBBM plays this pretty weird though. Ross takes some of the biggest songs of the summer and raps over them: Kanye and 2 Chainz’s “Birthday”, Meek Mill’s “Burn”, Chief Keef’s “Don’t Like” (Really the remix with Kanye and Pusha T and Jadakiss), etc.
But the weird thing is, Ross records a verse at the beginning of most of these songs, and then just leaves in the rest of the song with everyone elses verses. We’ve all already heard the real song though. It’s weird. I guess it allows him to write a quick 16 and not have minute long tracks on his mixtape. Part of me thinks he’s trying to replace the real versions of the songs in listener’s catalogs. Since Ross’s verse is so good, why would i ever wanna listen to “Birthday” without it?
It gets uncomfortable though, as you listen through the mixtape. Near the end of “Birthday” Kanye talks about him and 2 Chainz a bit, but is unaware that Ross is on the track, cuz he wasn’t. And it feels weird.
Also the songs where other artists are credited seems pretty arbitrary, if they’re new on the song they’re feature. Lil Reese is credited on the remix of his song “Us” with Drake and Ross added. It feels like since Lil Reese is not a household name and “Us” is not a song of the level of “Don’t Like”, probably it’s closest counterpart.
The fun thing about the shit crediting is that I don’t know when Lil Wayne’s about to show up on a song until he does. There was a song where I was like yo, Lil Wayne’s verse may be worth another listen, but I don’t remember it. One of this mixtape’s most prominent skills was getting me to listen to Lil Wayne verses after I stopped paying any attention to Lil Wayne because of how he fell off.
There’s two remixes of songs on GFID, 911, which was a chill song, and now it has 2 Chainz, because maybe Warner Bros or someone was lik
And eventually the mixtape ends. The last three tracks are there to make you think, “yo, maybe i was a little too hard on the rest of the mixtape, those at least had some new material.”The last three songs are good to great songs off of GFID, Gunplay’s 601 & Snort (another good jacking for beats tape), and the first single off of Meek Mill’s upcoming Dreams & Nightmares album.
Out of 19 songs, we have a skit, 3 songs we’ve heard before, 1 song with just a new 2 Chainz verse, 1 song that’s more of a classic remix, and 11 other songs with a new Rick Ross verse (to be fair, “Gone To The Moon” barely has any of the original Future vocals, but a verse worth of talking, and a Ross verse). Then at the end we have a medley of MMG songs as a commercial for their tour. And we have the intro, which is a madhouse 3 minutes of Ross talking. No totally new songs.
Here’s the thing though, this doesn’t mean that these songs are bad. There are few times when a Rick Ross feature hurts a song for me. I may listen to these versions as much or as more than the songs I have already. I should/probably won’t do the work to credit all the artists in my iTunes, so I have a grasp of who’s on the songs that slipped past my radar originally. Also, Ross replaced Big Sean on both “Mercy” and “Clique” with Rockie Fresh, who definitely seems to be more like a real rapper.
So like, is it Rich Forever? No. Definitely not. It’s not original at all really, it’s nothing new. It’s not gonna blow your mind, but like if you were like, “man I like Rick Ross, and I also don’t really know big rap songs, or I like them but don’t have them” then this is like Rick Ross’ Now That’s What I Call Music for you.
a. sup dude i didnt realize i wasnt following you on this weird tumblr thing oops??? also i ‘appreciate’ these mixtape reviews
c. i think you introduced me to datpiff? like a year ago? so THANKS it has been a huge boon to my life
d. also i am curious how do u ‘feel’ about Future?