Rick Ross has been busy of late, everywhere except Birmingham, Alabama.
MTV News is reporting that Ross, 38, joined with fellow rappers The Game, 2 Chains, Diddy, Fabolous, Wale, Swizz Beats, Yo Gotti, Cuuen$y, Problem, King Pharaoh, TGT, and DJ Khaled to create the single “Don’t Shoot,” a tribute to the shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
“Time to take a stand and save our future / Like we all got shot, we all got shot / Throwing up our hands, don’t let ’em shoot us,” the chorus rings out. “I seen Cole out there / Felt I should go out there / They left that boy four hours in the cold out there / They killin’ teens / They killin’ dreams.”
Ross has been busy also in the city of Memphis. Commercial Appeal is reporting that Ross was at Memphis’ Ardent Studios putting in long days recording with Project Pat and working on some more of his solo material. When Ross isn’t in the studio, he’s opening a few more of his Wingstop restaurants and getting the key to the city from Memphis Mayor A. C. Wharton.
Ross had intended to record with fellow rapper Yo Gotti earlier this month, but those plans fell through. Ross got his mixer, Eduardo Hernandez, aka “Eddie eMix,” to block off four hours of recording time while visiting Memphis on this trip. The four hour visit turned into a marathon recording session, going at least several days in Ardent’s studio A.
Ardent staffer Robbie Randall served as second engineer during Ross’ time in the booth. “I think [Ross] liked the vibe, he enjoyed it and was getting work done, so he kept wanting to work,” said Randall. “They’re based out of Miami… and work at [famed studio] The Hit Factory down there a lot. Other big artists will be recording there and there’s a lot of hanging out, so the workflow might be tough to get through. But the low-key vibe here was really good to get stuff done.”
Ross, however, is not appearing in Birmingham, Alabama, for the second year in a row. Al.com is reporting Ross was to appear at Jamz Fest with T-Pain and Rich Homie Quan on August 31 at Birmingham’s BJCC Arena. Ross is currently on tour supporting his Mastermind CD. The record hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 after its release in March, and topped Billboard’s rap and R&B charts.
This is Ross’ second no-show in Birmingham over the past two years. In July 2012, he was scheduled to appear at the BJCC Arena, but the show was nixed two days before the performance. No reasons were given for this cancellation, either.