Pioneers in Miami’s hip-hop scene, from DJ EFN to 2 Live Crew, salute Rick Ross for everything that he’s done for the culture since the release of his debut album Port Of Miami.
Last night (Aug 29) was no different. Although I expected him to celebrate his immaculate accolade on top of a shipping container “filled with cocaaaaine,” Ross turned Miami’s Parrot Jungle into the legendary epicenter of his 10-year anniversary show — presented by Tidal.
Aside from a few key players like DJ Khaled, Zoey Dollaz, and Kent Jones, everyone who is anyone in the 305’s music industry was in the building to witness the epic show. Once Tidal members and other contest winners filled up the venue, Yung Renzel began the show with a brief, yet touching reflection on his debut album, then got the party started with “Push It.”
The album’s executive producers Cool-N-Dre were all over the stage when joints like “Blow,” “Boss,” and even “Chevy Ridin’ High,” which wasn’t included on the LP, boomed from the array of speakers. With his right-hand DJ Sam Sneak at center stage, Ross took the audience back in time while performing every major record from the album like “I’m Bad” and “Cross That Line.” Although Akon wasn’t in attendance, other artists who appeared on Port Of Miami, like Jeezy and Lloyd, shocked us all when they ran on stage to perform alongside Ross.
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Once he performed through a majority of the album, Ross switched gears after he channeled his inner “Big Meech” to perform “B.M.F.” The Hood Billionaire brought out his beloved crew of Miami veterans like Trick Daddy, Trina, and Duece Poppi a.k.a Slab, to perform Dade county classics like “Shut Up” and “Nann N*gga.” Rozay also called out longtime friends Fat Joe and Remy Ma to keep the nostalgia flowing as they made us “Lean Back,” but they couldn’t leave without turning “All The Way Up.”
While we were all screaming for an encore, Ross allowed his MMG squad to take over the Tidal stage. Meek Mill, Wale, and Sam Sneak performed a plethora of their collaborative joints with Ross like the family they claim to be without any beef. Gunplay, Torch, and Maybach Music Group’s latest addition Scrilla also owned the spotlight with their respective performances.
The show took an awkward turn towards the end once Ross invited the new generation of rappers to the stage. Rich Homie Quan randomly appeared like the common Pokemon we weren’t looking for followed by Young Greatness and Tory Lanez, who managed not to go over his limited time after singing three songs including “Luv.”
Unlike Miami’s past pioneers, Rick Ross was able to show his impact on Miami in front of thousands of fans in the crowd and across the country. As a South Florida native, Ross’ show brought back memories of when Miami’s rap scene was heavily slept on amongst the masses. Now, after 10 years of success under his Louie Vuitton belt, the Teflon Don’s legacy in Miami and hip-hop in general is one that can’t be denied, which makes me more than overjoyed to rep my city to the fullest.