Rick Ross lived up to the hype Monday night. The Carol City rapper was joined by family, friends and entertainment insiders to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his debut studio album, “Port of Miami,” at the Treetop Ballroom at Jungle Island — with a sweet view of (you guessed it) the Port of Miami.
For those not on the list, the high-energy, nostalgic show was livestreamed on Jay Z’s online music platform Tidal. After mingling at a VIP reception and taking countless pictures, the hip-hopper appeared on stage, dressed in signature head-to-toe black, a gigantic gold medallion hanging from his neck.
Ross moved well, his still-large frame considerably smaller than back in the day.
For fans of the classic album, Monday night’s concert was pure gold. Ross went through almost every track on the record; the crowd went particularly wild for two of his most famous hits, “(Everyday I’m) Hustlin” and “Push It,” about Miami’s infamous cocaine trafficking scene, with lyrics that include “Port of Miami, port of my candy. Ain’t got nothing to lose. We supportin’ the family. Never traffic for fun. Only traffic for funds.”
The Maybach Music Group founder, 40, was in great spirits but also appeared emotional, talking about his eternal love for the 305 and how thankful he was for the support he has received over the years from the city where he was raised and still resides.
Friends? Ricky Rozay has a few. The famous cameos came fast and furious: Meek Mill, Jeezy, Trick Daddy, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Trina and Young Greatness all joined in the on-stage celebration.