Rick Ross doesn’t get dressed up often. But last night (November 15) was a special occasion — something out of the norm for the Bawse. Out promoting his forthcoming album "Mastermind" with its tour of the same name, the Miami rapper hit New York City with Los Angeles-based band 1500 or Nothin'.
So rather than the casual, usual white t-shirt and dungarees combo Rick Ross often hits the stage with, he strolled out front and center at the Beacon Theatre in a velvet navy blazer, black button-down shirt and matching slacks looking like the regal ringleader of a crime syndicate.
The energy was high from the get-go. Ross didn’t use the chic forum to perform quietly revered album cuts. Friday night was for hit records only. He began with "B.M.F," letting all in attendance know he's been a big money earner "from the fuckin’ start."
Then he slid into "FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt," his huge record with Jay Z, though Jay did not make the highly anticipated guest appearance alongside Ross. The same goes for Drake, who was noticeably absent when Ross performed jams he's featured on like "Aston Martin Music" and "Stay Schemin'." For the latter single, French Montana bopped out for his verse, in all black everything.
Next to visit the stage was fellow Maybach Music Group artist Meek Mill, looking like he’d just gotten in from the cold wearing a burgundy winter jacket with a fur-lined hood as he performed his 2011 smash "Ima Boss." Meek easily earned the biggest moment of the night when his unlikely intro "Dream and Nightmares" followed, making the Beacon quake for the first time when the bass hit.
Still, the night was Rick Ross'. "Can I get a 'Rozay?'" he asked often, yelling for the crowd to scream one of his several nicknames; And they did with fervor. Ross owned the evening, like bosses do.