On Saturday (July 31), Miami MC Rick Ross sent out several enthusiastic tweets about a major event going down in Atlanta. So perhaps it was easy to surprise a room full of unsuspecting fans when, instead of popping up in a club in ATL, he hit the stage at a show in New York City. The Teflon Don pulled the sneak attack at the NYC stop of the Heineken Inspire tour; a show which also featured rising rapper J. Cole, DC MC Wale and DJ D-Nice.
The crowd of hip-hop heads erupted when the Bawse rolled onstage at Manhattan’s St. John’s Center and spit his street record, “B.M.F.” Casually cool in a simple black T-shirt, ropes of gold chains and his ever-present dark shades, Ross also ripped Teflon Don tracks “MC Hammer” and “Aston Martin Music.” The Bawse didn’t let the solo set stop him from dropping his electric verses from remixes such as Diddy-Dirty Money’s “Hello Good Morning” and Waka Flocka Flame’s “O Let’s Do It.” The hip-hop heavyweight also took it back with his debut hit, “Hustlin,'” and the crowd rhymed the lyrics along with the MC as he closed with a reprise of “B.M.F.”
J. Cole fans rolled deep and throngs of the Fayetteville rapper’s acolytes knew the words to many of the up-and-coming MC’s songs, including “Who Dat,” his guest verse on Jay-Z’s “A Star Is Born” and “All I Want Is You,” his soulful collaboration with R&B singer Miguel. Cole also performed “Premeditated Murder,” a track that has been floating around the Web and is rumored to make the rapper’s upcoming album.
Sporting green and white Nike Heineken kicks, DC MC Wale performed a medley of his tracks such as the Lady Gaga-assisted “Chillin'” and the Jazmine Sullivan collabo “World Tour.” The star also got the crowd involved, briefly passing his mic to an audience member to spit some of the MC’s lines. Ultimately, Folarin did most of the heavy lifting in the rhyming department and showed off his mic skills with a few a capella bars.