By Paul de Revere
“Rick Ross is such a gangsta, his beard has warrants,” Arsenio Hall joked when he introduced the Miami rapper on his late night show last night (March 6).
Backed by an expert live band, Ross performed the gospel-tinged “Sanctified” off his long-awaited sixth album, Mastermind, which came out on Tuesday.
The performance had a surprise appearance from Kanye West and his G.O.O.D. Music compatriot, Big Sean, who have featured verses on the track. Kanye and Sean get more than just a quick TV appearance though, they’re front-and-center doing a little preaching for more than half the televised set. Ross doesn’t even show up until over 3-minutes in, almost making you forget it’s a Ross track.
Ross’ sixth studio album, which was originally scheduled to drop in December, features a whole slew of guest spots from Jay Z, French Montana, Meek Mill, The Weeknd, Lil Wayne and Diddy. Of course, on the 16-track release there are a few songs, six to be exact, that have Ross doing his thing all on his own, including “Rich is Gangsta,” “Drug Dealers Dream” and “Shots Fired.”