In honor of Black History Month, Rick Ross took a trip down memory lane with an intimate set for NPR’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert.
Rozay, looking a lot slimmer these days, took over the Miami gallery space of his longtime friend, automotive designer Rich B Caliente. Joined by DJ Sam Sneak and a live band for just the second time in his career, he kicked off the five-song performance with “Super High” on which he was joined by Ne-Yo protégé Troy Tyler. The throwback vibes continued with “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast) and “Aston Martin Music” featuring Elijah Blake on vocals.
At one point, the Maybach Music mogul paused to reflect on the new year and his inspirations.
“It’s a new year. New goals, same dreams, same hustler,” said Ross. “And for somebody that inspired the boss, it’s so many. ‘Cause I could look at any brother on the street and get some inspiration from them, regardless of how many followers you got on social media, regardless of what you’re riding in. I could learn something from you. I ain’t scared to. Let’s make sure we keep building.”
Later, he took it back to the Teflon Don era with “I’m Not a Star,” which was followed by his 2013 JAY-Z collaboration “F*ckwithmeyouknowigotit.” The nearly 20-minute set capped off with the emotional “Tears of Joy” as Ross reflected on his journey.
“I’m still going hard today,” he said while seated in a throne. “Pain comes with success so expect those tears of joy. You can cry ’em right now. I’m crying right now.”
Rozay is now gearing up for the next chapter with his 11th studio album, Richer Than I’ve Ever Been, the follow-up to 2019’s Port of Miami 2.