Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NPR’s popular Tiny Desk concerts have shifted from its offices to the artist’s actual homes. The MMG frontman brought viewers into his lavish digs for his performance that saw the biggest boss of them all revisit his classics off his albums.
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Flanked with a live band and two background singers and his DJ, Sam Sneak, the rapper hopped right into “Super High” off his critically acclaimed album Teflon Don before transitioning into “B.M.F.” another one of the hits from the album. During the transitions between the tracks, Ross said, “I want to thank NPR for bringing the Boss out. My homies, we going to grind together since we’re going to shine together.”
Once the pleasantries were out the way, Ross performed the ladies’ favorite “Aston Martin Music” before going into the album’s intro cut “I’m Not a Star.” Ross even performed one of the album’s deep cuts, “Tears of Joy” and “F*ckwithmeyouknowigotit.” We got a dope performance and a cool story. Ross explained the recording process for the track that lived on JAY-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail and Ross’s Mastermind album’s deluxe version. Ross revealed that he recorded the timeless record after Timbaland sent him the beat.
Twitter absolutely loved Rozay’s performance, but one of the background singers is getting flamed for his “singing.”
Rick Ross gotta ban this mf from singing pic.twitter.com/0o4sxpYWTQ
— Jamius (@freelanceburner) February 16, 2021
You can watch the full performance and peep all of the reactions in the gallery below.
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Salute to Rick Ross for this one. His Tiny Desk concert is super official.— Justin L. Hunte 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@TheCompanyMan) February 16, 2021
Especially this rendition of Tears of Joy, which is one of my immediate go-to tracks when the world feels heavy.
“Tears of Joy” is immaculate.
Rick Ross is one of the best to ever do it— Cushty (@cushtylifestyle) February 16, 2021
Rick Ross’ background singers/hype men (?) in this Tiny Desk performance pic.twitter.com/R19I1TliQ7— Lena B. | SHOP RESTOCK on 3/8 (@leenuhbee) February 16, 2021
Rick Ross might’ve just given us one of the best Tiny Desk performances of 2021🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/7yclwLFARR— CULTURE CENTRAL (@_CultureCentral) February 16, 2021
Top 5, easily.
I’m Gon Say This One Time & I’m Not Even Gon Argue Wit Y’all.........— DJ First Class™ 🏁 (@1DJFirstClass) February 16, 2021
Rick Ross Is Top 5. The Catalog Speaks For Itself. *Drops Mic* pic.twitter.com/MYxtBzSiFZ
No debate here.
Fake Fraudbry Graham ruined a classic I’m horrified how did Rick Ross allow this https://t.co/uGnbh1JPgS— King Wow (@wowthatshiphop) February 17, 2021
Not fake Fraudbry Graham LOL.
Rick Ross tiny desk concert so opulent. That rug gotta be six figures 😭😭😭 #BHMxTDC— Jeff (@JeffJSays) February 17, 2021
The nigga who was singing on "BMF" with Rick Ross Tiny Desk got me crying laughing with them runs he was hitting.— CHASE (@ChaseNCashe) February 16, 2021
Why Rick Ross background singer do him like that 😭— Bobby, B*tch❗ (respectfully) (@ihatebobbywoody) February 16, 2021
I’m watching the Rick Ross Tiny Desk episode.— Laci Jordan (@SoLaciLike) February 16, 2021
The background singers...... somebody ought to be detained.
I love Rick Ross man but that band not hitting hahahahahahahahaha he should've had the Roots pull up to the crib.— CHASE (@ChaseNCashe) February 16, 2021
One dude singing so flat on "Aston Martin Music"
If you don’t gas me up like Rick Ross’ background singer, u aint a real one 🤣 pic.twitter.com/gnYIH9yf5s— Stanley Johnson (@SJDeuces) February 17, 2021
Man that Tears of Joy HIT MY SOUL . Rick Ross had me in my hustle hard rep the hood motivation feelings— 𝐄𝐱𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐫 𝐏𝐨𝐩𝐞 (@exavierpope) February 16, 2021
We totally understand.
Rick Ross need to let them background singers GO!— MoneyBoi Jay (@JayFirstClassM) February 16, 2021
& that's that on that.... pic.twitter.com/ZPKQxjAWL1