Rick Ross might have missed yet another show due to his medical condition, but the Miami MC’s spirit was in the building as Meek Mill, Wale and DJ Khaled all took turns shouting out the Maybach Music boss.
“My nigga Ricky Rozay couldn’t make it here tonight but you know he got love for Philly, so I need you to show love for him,” Meek told the crowd.
As “9 Piece” boomed throughout the Wells Fargo Arena, fans lifted their cell phones in the air chanting the chorus.
“I’m smoking dope, I’m on my cell phone,” Meek began before the crowd finished the lines. “I’m selling dope, straight off the iPhone.”
On Friday (October 28) Ross returned to Twitter to offer a brief update on his health: “[S]tronger than Ive been (sic),” he wrote. “[R]icher than I ever wuz (sic).”
The annual Powerhouse concert was a homecoming for the Philly upstart. Last year Meek performed earlier on the bill (headlined by Drake and Nicki Minaj) and was backed by DJ Drama during his showcase. This year, though, after inking to MMG and gracing the cover of XXL‘s Freshman issue in April, he was a headliner. The Dreamchasers lyricist was only followed by Chris Brown during the night.
“Tupac Back,” “House Party” and “I’m a Boss” scored big time with the 215 set.
DJ Khaled was joined by Jadakiss, among others, and he was presented a platinum plaque on stage in recognition of “I’m On One” featuring Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne, surpassing a mill units in sales.
Wale breezed through a quick set (he had another scheduled performance in New York), Big Sean was boisterous as a fill-in for Rozay (he joined the bill after Ross’ backed out after suffering multiple seizures earlier this month; the Detroit MC also brought Freeway on stage with him) and Wiz Khalifa ignited fans with a spirited stage presence.
“Who got tbe best weed in this muthafucka,” Wiz asked. “You know I need to know that. Who got that O.G. Kush?”
With Chevy Woods by his side, the Pittsburgh native launched into “Taylor Gang.”
The “Black and Yellow” star then brought out wifey, Amber Rose, a Philly native, who he tongued down from head-to-toe during “Roll Up.”
“Philly, thank you for making her,” Wiz said with a laugh. “But she’s mine now.”
Later, backstage, he and Meek connected and the two Keystone state natives discussed collaborating on a track for Wiz’s next album.
T-Pain, Tyga and a Power 99 radio contest winner also performed. —Jayson Rodriguez