Rick Ross at the "Hennessy Takeover" NYE Event

Mixtape Review: Rick Ross’ “Rich Forever”

Rating: 8/10

After delaying his forthcoming album, God Forgives, I Don’t, due to health issues, Rick Ross has kicked off 2012 with the release of his heavily anticipated new mixtape, Rich Forever. However, the 19-track mixtape feels like more an album due to the high quality production and multitude of top-notch guest appearances, the likes of Drake, Nas, Wale, Meek Mill, and John Legend, among others.

An early standout is the title track, “Rich Forever,” featuring John Legend. Ross takes a more serious approach on the song, rapping over piano and dramatic strings about his come-up in the game (“Def Jam on my heels, should I sign to it? / Million dollar advance for me to rhyme fluent”) before changing it up as the drums come in and sharing the motto (“You only live once, I’m screaming YOLO in the VI”). John Legend does the song justice on the chorus by making it very clear that he and Ross plan on living the title of the song to the fullest.

The very next song, “Triple Beam Dreams,” begins with a spectacular verse from Nas, in which he raps about growing up with dreams of getting rich and being inspired by what he saw (“I remember watching Scarface the first time / Look at that big house, that Porsche paid for by crime”). This track keeps the serious tone of “Rich Forever” over an airy synth and drums, as Ross and Nas rap about formerly being poor and hustlin’ their way to the top. Ross proves his point on the hook shouting out the Miami Heat president, Pat Riley (“Early 90s reminiscing when I had a pager / Triple beam dreams, now Pat Riley my neighbor”).

Drake and French Montana join Rozay on “Stay Schemin’”, where Drake blesses us with a lengthy verse potentially firing back at Common with his opening line (“It bothers me when the gods/ get to acting like the broads”). Throughout the verse, Drake ends up outshining both Ross and French Montana with on this track, making reference to Kobe’s divorce (“B*tch you wasn’t me with me shooting in the gym!”) and letting it be known that his OVO crew is unpredictable (“Might look light, but we heavy though / You think Drake will pull some sh*t like that? You never know!”).

Overall, Rich Forever is good enough to be an album, which ends up raising the bar as well as fan expectations for Ross’s delayed and much-anticipated upcoming LP. The entire process of releasing the Rich Forever tape generated a huge amount of buzz for the album as Ross had likely planned. Now, all he has to do is fulfill even higher expectations on God Forgives, I Don’t and continue to lead the way for his Maybach Music Group in 2012.

  • Positive1976

    Common just murderd the Remix to this song!!!

  • CooL_KiD_305

    RO$$ is slowly taking over the game, the mixtape game was Wayne lane but now I rather hear a RO$$ mixtape over a Wayne mixtape. This took all the buzz from jeezy album, ain’t no one jammin to tm103 anymore. MMG

    • Kanye West

      Really? cua last I checked tm103 sold higher than any of ross’s albums and is gold right now and will probably be platinum by the end of this year.

  • I agree this mixtape is at such a high caliber that i’ll be disappointed if the album is not along the same line.

  • daveofthematthews

    I See Ahh Stays promoting and kissing Ross’s behind! I swear Hip Hop fans are the people destroying Hip Hop now days as they are too fickle, and too quick to dismiss other artist as wack just because you have a crush on the new guy that come’s along, Its like “oh Jeezy ain’t shit anymore” or “50 ain’t relevant now this guy is out”. i Swear some of you should listen to yourself a bit more often and then you may realize you are the Bipolar fool’s that destroy this genre of music you claim you all love so much!  

  • codeboi

    This shit was not good IMO..even thought TM103 wasn’t up to par. With Jeezy and TI back..Ross just seems eh. You real till the real come back. Start seeing the fake

  • its was okay had a few banger on it, but i swear these older rappers coming back harder then ever this year…. check out that Master P “TMZ” mixtape and all the other shit droppin from NO LIMIT FOREVER…..

  • This ‘review” sucked.

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