There comes a time in every run where you are stuck figuring out whether or not you’re still going forward. You start making questionable moves where you were once firing on all cylinders and it seemed like nothing can go wrong. Rick Ross is quietly sitting at that point right now. It’s been a busy summer full of that work but it’s no longer that Blue Magic. Last week his man got stomped, will he squash that? Chain snatched like Orlando Anderson still in the hood. God Forgives, I Don’t failed to reached the classic heights of the preceding mixtape, Rich Forever and while gold, doesn’t have the effect of a Teflon Don. With soldier Meek Mill hitting the streets in a couple weeks, coming off a weak crossover attempt with Meek Mill, Ross drops Black Bar Mitzvah.
I gotta tell you man this tape is weak as fuck especially following Rich Forever. It’s full of retread rhyme sand songs that have been rhymed over to death. All those G.O.O.D. Music joints from the summer. All those GBE/ Chief Keef drill music joints. All old tracks with nothing really shining on the tape. there are pats on the back for going gold and commercials for Meek’s coming album, and some guest appearances, but Black Bar Mitzvah pales in comparison to its predecessor.
I had a conversation with my boy Kev the other day about reviews, and how it’s not really a reviewer’s job to take an artist to task for underwhelming performance. Unless there is something egregious where the artist has really under performed, there isn’t a need to take a rating our on that artist. Even though his subject matter is limited, i consider myself a fan of Rick Ross and his music and the potential he has to really rise above the garbage content with slick skill and songwriting. Black Bar Mitzvah is just more of William Roberts pandering to the lowest common denominator and it’s telling that he reverted to trap Ross after his just-released album didn’t ascend to the heights that he had set for it. Instead of digging deeper, Rick Ross has chosen to add a slice of cheese to the leftover macaroni and foist it on the people as a new dish. The highlight of the tape is hearing Drizzy shouting out Loaded Lux (You gone get that work!). Sad part about Black Bar Mitzvah is that for the first time in a minute, the PEOPLE didn’t get that work from him. You be the judge.
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