Friday, February 24
The Elite Money Empire presents: Best of Both Offices x Complex Magazine x Skullcandy full Ace Hood performance at Gramercy Theatre. Ace performed his hit single "Hustle Hard" and more.
Stay posted for full performances from Asher Roth, Vado, Jon Connor, Gunplay (MMG) and Torch (MMG).
Rick Ross Saves a Horrendous Night
For some reason, at the end of the night after seeing Fat Trel, Jeremih and Rick Ross, "Birthday Sex" was the one song that was echoing in my head. It wasn't because of the catchy chorus or smooth sounds of the R&B singer; instead, it came down to one thing...
The song literally echoed the walls of a very empty D.A.R. Constitution Hall.The venue holds around 3400 people for a sold-out event. But on a beautiful Thursday night, only approximately 700 people showed up for the SFI promoted event.
Although I didn't expect the night to go on time, the show was billed for a 7pm start with doors opening at 6pm. Anticipating rush hour traffic and a large crowd, I made sure to show up with ample time for parking.
From the minute I left Prince George's County to the time I walked into the venue, only 35 minutes had elapsed. Surprised, I began scouring the venue for any signs of life. At 6:55pm, I counted around 30 people in the lobby and literally 12 people sitting down in their seats.
The show was (thankfully) pushed back some, as they allowed for DC's own Fat Trel to perform for more than 45-or-so people. After a typically animated 20 minute set from The City's #1 Fat Fool , about 30 minutes elapsed until Jeremih stepped on stage. From then, it was only a ten minute wait until the Boss himself, Rick Ross, took the stage.
By the time Ross opened his set with his verse from Meek Mill's "I'm A Boss", the crowd was obviously at the climax for the night filling around a quarter of the venue.
It didn't matter. As soon as he stepped on stage, it sounded much louder than one would think.
Rick Ross is peculiar. His slow delivery, dark production, and high BMI count would suggest a boring show. If you've ever seen the man live, you know this to be false.
But Ross ripped through six years of material in just over 40 minutes. Pacing back and forth on-stage performing every hit from "Hustlin" all the way to performing five tracks of his most recently critically acclaimed mixtape "Rich Forever".
The way you hear the tracks on CD is exactly how Rick Ross performs. He doesn't leave one signature "ugggghhh" grunt out, he gets the same high-pitched tone on certain lines ("He knockin at the door don't let the devil IIIIIIIIINNNNNN") and he for sure emphasizes the profanities in his raps which he seems to lean on to add energy to a song ("Damn, life so short, FUCK it, I don't wanna go to court...")
As I type that, it looks ridiculous. But if you're a Rick Ross fan, you know what I'm talking about. For some reason, a line like "I'm smokin' dope/I'm on my cell phone/ I'm sellin' dope/ Straight off the Iphone" just gets you hype. There's no rhyme or reason to it; it just does.
Usually I would rip an artist who's show is priced at $65 for the cheap seats for performing under an hour.
But for some reason, it didn't matter.
He acknowledged the small crowd, but flipped it by saying he enjoyed how "intimate" of a show it was. And instead of being a diva about crowd size, he decided to appreciate the hard-earned money the fans that were there spent to see him, and performed like it was for a sold-out stadium.
And that mentality is what's going to keep Rick Ross "Rich Forever".
by Mike Andrews
Sweetz P: "I am letting the fans name their own price, pay what you think the EP is worth, if you ain't got it like that you can enter zero and download it for FREE."
Tracklist & DL after the cut.