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The bawse Rick Ross looked better than ever last night (April 23). Rocking a blue Coogi sweater, white-on-white Uptowns and a ton of gold jewelry, the legendary MC touched down in New York City ready to play as one of the final artists to perform at storied Big Apple venue B.B. King Blues Club & Grill before it closes on April 29.
Artists from all genres of music have played there for two decades, with the likes of 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Nas, Brandy, Keith Sweat, Bell Biv DeVoe, Das EFX, Cardi B, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Big Daddy Kane all gracing the stage. It's a place where you can go see current kings and queens, and those that have earned their crowns decades ago, entertain.
This week, Ross, George Clinton, and Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh—all with separate shows—are among those advertised to perform. The last of the last, indeed.
Ross and his DJ Sam Sneak jumped right into the performance with "BMF" and "Hustlin'." The Bawse kept a grin on his face all night and even did the "money dance" during "FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt." He moved with ease and vigor, far from the rumored bedridden life that media reported in early March. Fans and his friends in the industry were so concerned that they posted #PrayForRoss on social media. But the Bawse himself has kept silent about his medical condition, vying to get back to work and show and prove.
Later in his set, he went straight for the ladies with a flurry. "New Flame," "Diced Pineapples." "Aston Martin Music," and "Here I Am" all came in succession. Rozay then went into the tuck for a gem of an album cut, the always powerful "Tears of Joy."
"I'm loving this vibe too much," he said of the energy he was getting from the jammed pack crowd. "Sam, give me some of that boss shit."
Sneak then cued up "Ima Boss," allowing Meek Mill's verse to play while the audience rapped along to honor the absent Philly hero. Ross then spat his own rhymes. He told attendees that it was never too late to write a letter or send a money order to a loved one in jail, even if they hadn't spoken in a while.
Sneak then played Meek's world famous "Dreams and Nightmares" intro. "Life's a muthafuckin struggle. Ain't nobody perfect," Ross said.
After a tribute to the Notorious B.I.G.—hence his Coogi sweater—with "Get Money," Ross personally handed out plastic cups to the crowd and his entourage poured Bel Aire champagne into them.
Ross sent love to his recently deceased best friend and longtime manager Black Bo. "It's a painful loss for me " he noted. "B.B. King, y'all know this some legendary shit."
Blocboy JB then randomly came out onstage for "Look Alive." It seemed like the crowd was trying to figure out who the newcomer was at first, but they quickly warmed up to him once he started doing his famous "shoot" dance. The song was an awkward close to the evening, but Rick Ross further solidified his position in the rap game, and with the impending closing of B.B. Kings, he couldn't have picked a better occasion to show it.