Blog Music: Rich Forever
By: Brandon Clay @bballplusmusic
Blog Music will give readers a different look at some of the hottest songs in the music game regardless of genre from our iPod. This week, we take a look at Rick Ross latest mixtape, “Rich Forever and provide a track-by-track breakdown of some of my favorite tracks off the release:
*Sidebar: I would have gladly spent $9.99 at Best Buy or on iTunes for this one so thanks Rick!
*Track listed by number
1) “Holy Ghost” – The self-proclaimed “Bugatti Boys” – Ross and Diddy – combine for the opening track. A great start to the mixtape as Ross shows his emerging wordplay while Sean does what he does best, talking with supreme confidence over the track.
“Father please protect me from brokeness.” – Diddy
“My teacher told me that I was piece of ish’, seen her the other day driving a piece of ish” – Ross
2) High Definition – Ross starts off reppin’ his upcoming CD, “God Forgives, I Don’t.” Solid cut, nothing flashy. Ross talks about how he’s nicer than you, has more money than you and isn’t scared of anything. Typical Ross.
*All from Ross
“Diamonds on my neck, call it the ghetto’s guiletine. Messin with them jewelers, I’m lit up light a screen (HD).”
“Put a number on your helmet like it’s Notre Dame.”
5) F’em – Same Ross, same result. Forget all the haters. He is more cash, nicer cars and a winner’s attitude. Sorry. Atlanta based 2 Chainz makes a guest appearance on this one.
“Thought I wouldn’t make it, now I’m winning Timothy Tebow. Fourth quarter, I’m back.” – Ross
“What you know about walking in the Gucci store and they salute? Chain cost a coupe, coupe cost a crib.” – 2 Chainz
6) London Skit – Hilarious stuff. Short skit. Definitely rolls into my favorite track off the album.
“$100 a sock, two ankles, you do the math. And I know from the day, that week, that month, that year, that decade, that millenium, we’re going to be Rich Forever!”
7) Rich Forever – R&B superstar John Legend joins Ricky Rozay for the mixtape’s title track. They team up for a smash hit. Ross paints the picture of how he got here since signing to Def Jam in ’05. It’s amazing how well Rozay is painting these pictures for us with his wordplay. Long way from Port of Miami. And yeah, he snuck a lil’ diss in at Jeezy while he was at it. Check the middle of the first verse. We caught the dig, Rick.
*All from Ross
“They call me Mr. Roberts when I’m in the bank.”
“Time goes fast, ballin with my brother T.I.” (direct reference to T.I. as a major league prospect pitcher in the movie American Gangster)
“So dope, blue jeans, new J’s. Sold dope by any means all day.” – Ross
8) Triple Beam Dreams – Legendary rapper Nas joins Ross for a look back at their dreams on the streets before transitioning into rap.
“This here ain’t cut for me, other dealers already up they orders. Barely at 62’s, they already up to quarters.” – Nas
“More accurately we acted as if jackin’ brothas was cool, snatchin’ brothas out they shoes then wear they jackets to school.”
10) New Bugatti – Diddy is back, this time with a solid verse as they talk about cars that cost over a million dollars a piece. The essence of “luxury rap.”
“Gift wrap his behind, December 1st.” – Ross
“Gotta get a fade before I wear the crown.” – Diddy
14) Off The Boat – Newly signed BadBoy Recording artist French Montana comes in with a nice verse on this one. Ross does his usual 1-2.
“I got that heroin flow, I should have signed to Atlantic. I guess it fresh off the boat, I get cross the Atlantic. I just fired my banker, now I just rubber band it.” – French
17) MMG The World Is Ours – Ross has a whole crew talkin’ super swag on this one. Pharrell comes in with a mean verse, Meek Mill does too. This track has been in XM Radio play for over a month.
“I’m feelin’ myself, hope you feelin’ me too. God Forgives and I Don’t, unforgettable dude. (Ross has that Mike Jones vibe, hyping his next album on the current one)” – Ross
“My Tribe Called Quest, this was nice dawg. Gucci was Q-Tip, I was Phife Dawg.” – Ross
“They say Skateboard you racist, you only hang with White Cubans, nah that’s the necklace, the light’s movin.” – Pharrell
“Now I’m self made, self paid and I gave myself a raise…now it’s Rolls Royce’s, umbrella’s for a rainy day.” – Meek Mill
18) Party Heart – Ross has a mean verse. One of his best on the tape which is saying something. On the other hand, 2 Chainz is back with a verse not nearly as strong as his submission to F’Em.
“Contract like I play for the Knicks, my crib look like I’m still playin with bricks.” – Ross
19) Stay Schemin’ – Drake makes his only appearance on the tape with a true smash and the early favorite for rap Line of the Year. Add that to that fact that he responded to Common’s “Sweet” diss with a mean flurry of jabs going at one of the kings of hip-hop and this was the mixtape’s signature track.
“It bothers me when the gods get to actin’ like the broads…back when if a brotha reached it was for a weapon, nowadays brothas reach just tell sell they records!” – Drizzy
“Kobe bout to lose 150 m’s, Kobe my n*gga, I hate it had to be him… B***h, You wasn’t with me shootin’ in the gym… B***h you wasn’t with me shootin’ in the gym.” – Drizzy
Brandon Clay is a contributor to TheOrganizedGrind.com. A self-professed music junkie, Clay has been on his music game since picking up his first Sony Walkman in the early 90’s. You can follow him on Twitter @bballplusmusic
Welp, he does it again… Sean “Diddy” Combs announces REVOLT, his new cable TV network. REVOLT is a revolution in music on television, a place where artists and their viewers come together and engage with technology and social media. It’s a channel where new artists can share their work in the way it was meant to be: raw, uncut, and uncensored. REVOLT was selected by Comcast to be the first music network to truly leverage the power of social media, fueling the live music dialogue and influencing the music culture for the video-centric generation.
Salute to the GRIND!
Take that, Take that, Take that…
This is definitely my favorite record from French….ever. I’ve never really got into his music before.. He’s got em one with this “Shot Caller” record though. And with that being said, it’s only right that he get his new label boss Puff on the remix, along with Ricky Rozay.
Both Puff and Rozay will serve as executive producers on French’s debut album, Excuse My French, which is coming later this year. Watch the smooth black-and-white clip up top.
In a shocking move, the usually overly private Jay-Z and Beyonce’ let the cat out the bag, as photos of they’re new bundle of joy Blue Ivy appeared online this afternoon.
I think it’s classy that the Carters passed on the whole tabloid bidding war tackiness, instead choosing to post the photos on the Blue Ivy’s own tumblr page. Shout out to Tumblr lol.
She’s definitely a lil cutie…
Congrats to the Carter Family.
In probably the most storied rivalry in college sports (at least basketball), Duke and UNC had one for the ages last night. Freshman sensation Austin Rivers (yep, Doc’s son), hit a deep 26 foot, three point dagger, as the time expired to give Duke a one point victory against arch nemesis UNC, in Chapel Hill.
Down 10 with two and a half minutes to go, Duke tightened up its defense and went on a run to close out the game that UNC couldn’t combat. Matter of fact UNC didn’t hit a field goal the final 3 mins of the game.
Shout out to Doc for passing on those great basketball genes to Young Austin.
** Editors sidenote** Check out the view of the student section…. They’re sick! LOL!
The masses favorite record, off of 2011′s BEST Hip Hop Album, finally has a video. The Throne’s, Hit-Boy-produced (and now certified double-platinum) hit single off Watch The Throne gets the video treatment featuring footage of their tour stop at L.A.’s Staples Center back in December. They didn’t do the obvious and actually go to “Paris” to shoot the video, which I love, choosing instead, a “2012 technology” documentary approach. I usually hate show footage videos, because they usually look and sound like… show footage. But not this time. Jay & Kanye got it right. Shout out to the good people at VOYR.com. Enjoy.
Just. Watch. This.
And yes… that’s the official video.
LOL. Shout out to Drizzy Drake Rogers… That boi definitely feelin’ himself these days. LoL
“B*tch you wasn’t wit me shooting in the gym… Ugggh, B*tch you wasn’t wit me shooting in the gym!”