Review: Rick Ross – The Black Bar Mitzvah

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October 12, 2012 by mepstein31

Written by: Mike Epstein

In the late hours of the night on Monday, Rick Ross dropped his lightly promoted mixtape The Black Bar Mitzvah via DatPiff. The Maybach Music head honcho made a surprise announcement two weeks ago, stating that he would be releasing this project on October 8 as a free gift to his fans. After having a chance to digest, it’s time for a review.

Rozay’s last mix-tape, Rich Forever, did him somewhat of a disservice by being so good. With the hit “Stay Schemin” that became an anthem all over the country, Rich Forever was an impressive piece of work that featured Diddy, John Legend, Nas, Kelly Rowland, Meek Mill, 2Chainz, Drake, and French Montana. As a result, the announcement a new mixtape left many people including myself with high expectations.

The Black Bar Mitzvah was not what I expected, to say the least, however this is not necessarily a negative. The project is similar to Lil Wayne’s Dedication 4 in that it is compiled of mostly remixes. Rozay remixed almost every hit out on the market right now, from “Don’t Like”, “Mercy”, “Clique”, “Burn”, “No Worries”, “Bands” and “Us”. Features on the project include Rockie Fresh, Drake, Pharrell, Omarion, Gunplay, and even Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg who made an appearance with a skit.

The only song on this project that has replay value in my eyes is “Us”. Drizzy hops on the remix as well and delivers a reference to the steadily growing “You gon’ get this work” phrase from battle rapper Loaded Lux.

The project, however, appears to be more of a promotional tool than something to impress with the actual music. The intro is Rick Ross discussing fellow MMG member Meek Mill’s debut album release on October 30 as well as his dislike for being included on the Forbes list, because those he’s ranked with can’t catch up. As if the intro wasn’t promotion enough, the last track promotes the recently announced MMG Tour, with an enthusiastic voice over ringing off the names of MMG members and those included in the tour. The name of the track even has a link to Live Nation to purchase the tickets.

Although this tape may lack the replay value we’ve come to expect from the boss, there may be no other rapper in the game that is this good at promotion. Rick Ross never stops working and after releasing God Forgives I Don’t and Self Made Vol. 2 this summer, he continues his hot streak with this project. In addition, he drops the video for “Diced Pineapples” a day after the project comes out. While Meek Mill’s album probably didn’t need further promotion, as it is one of the most anticipated of the year, he definitely got a major contribution from his boss and label mate. With this project fresh out and Dreams and Nightmares around the corner, it seems like everyone involved is celebrating at The Black Bar Mitzvah.


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