When Rick Ross loves something, there’s a strong possibility he’ll buy the entire company. Just ask the folks over at Wingstop.
That’s apparently what happened after the rapper got a taste of the restaurant’s famous wares a few years ago. After Rick Ross discovered he absolutely adored the restaurant’s chicken, he decided to invest some of his hard-earned money in the company. According to Contactmusic, he’s not a successful franchise owner.
Rick Ross reportedly discovered his love of Wingstop after paying a visit to his local barber shop. When he tasted a fellow customer’s lemon pepper chicken, the rapper knew he was officially hooked for life. Soon after he paid a visit to one of the restaurants, a trip that would prompt Ross to venture into the lucrative chicken business.
“I told myself, ‘Once the opportunity presents itself I’m gonna get one (Wing Stop) just for my personal (use). I jumped in head first and now we’ve got multiple franchises. Right now, I’m in the middle of a 25-additional franchise deal,” Rick explained.
Ross opened his first Wingstop restaurant in Memphis back in 2011. According to the rapper, he said the location would provide jobs for a few local folks while spreading around the food he loves to eat. In his opinion, it was a “win-win” situation.
SOHH reports that Rick Ross loved Wingstop so much that he actually used the company’s name in one of his tunes. Rick told Bon Appetit that he remembers a time when he couldn’t afford to eat at this sort of restaurant.
“It was ramen noodles and the San Francisco Treat [Rice-A-Roni]. Dessert? Get you a honey bun and put a slice of cheese on it. Put it in the microwave for 45 seconds and you had the gift of a lifetime,” he explained.
If you’re curious to see just how frequently Rick Ross makes reference to Wingstop and lemon pepper chicken in his music, then take a trip to Global Grind. Writer Brittany Lewis put together a comprehensive list of tracks that feature the rapper’s obsession with the chicken restaurant. Even if you’re not a fan of Ross’ work, it’s still amusing to hear him talk about Wingstop and his franchises in the form of a song.
What do you think about Rick Ross’ obsession with lemon pepper chicken and Wingstop? Are you surprised the rapper has enjoyed so much success with his restaurants?