By Rob Markman
Rick Ross is unexpectedly treating fans to the new mixtape Black Bar Mitzvah, but the project is already rubbing some people, like Shyne, the wrong way. "I ain't mad. It's just, I think he's corny. ... I have no respect for what he represents, for who he is, let's just start with that," the former Bad Boy rapper and Orthodox Jew told MTV News on Monday (October 8).
"The Black Bar Mitzvah, to me, you're on me, you're obsessed with everything Shyne. All of a sudden, you running with the Star of David and dudes is Jewish now all of a sudden?"
Ross' mixtape cover features a picture of Rozay embedded in a gold Star of David, a chief symbol of Jewish identity. The term "Black Bar Mitzvah" was popularized in rap after Jay-Z spit the phrase on his 2007 single "Roc Boys."
On September 26, Shyne celebrated the 12-year anniversary of his self-titled debut album by releasing Gangland, a sociopolitically charged 18-track mixtape which proves the exiled MC is more than serious about his return to rap.
Shyne, who spent nearly nine years behind bars following his conviction from the infamous 1999 Club New York shooting, has an even bigger gripe with Ross. Po isn't willing to overlook Rozay's pre-rap profession as a corrections officer in Florida. "People got over that. I never got over that," he said. "If he was really moving all that weight and being a cop, they would've put him in the RICO a long time ago, because he's telling on himself."
"He's alright but he's not real! He's a cop! He's not real," Shyne tweeted earlier Monday (October 8), also linking to a 2009 YouTube where Ross expressed his support for the then-incarcerated Po. Later in the day, he continued his tirade, tweeting, "F#%^ the police & the former correctional officers! If u a police lover f#%^ u too!" and "I got partners doing life cause they really slung dope. I despise someone who lies about that life."
"That last album, Godfather Buried Alive, sh-- was hard," Rozay said about Shyne's 2004 effort. "He most definitely can get anything he needs on this side from n---as like us."
Still, Ross' support means little to the "That's Gangsta" rapper. If you ask Shyne, Ross took his rap style and ran with it. Po says he got confirmation of that from his former comrade Sean "Diddy" Combs. "He sound like me, you understand? Even the creep Diddy, when I talked to him, he even said it," Shyne said. "That ol' boy took my style."