The Port of Miami II listening party included Krispy Kreme, Mac & Cheese and most importantly; good music
Words by Charles Odugbesan
Photos by Karan Teli
This week 14HQ were invited by representatives from Sony Music to be at the BEAT London club in Marylebone for Rick Ross’ Port of Miami 2 listening party. Famous faces including the likes of Reggie Yates, DJ Semtex and others were in attendance to see the Rozay coming over to London to preview his latest work.
Port of Miami 2: Born to Kill, will be Ross’ 10th studio album and serves as the sequel to his platinum debut project Port of Miami, released 12 years prior. It’s clear to see that Rozay’s longevity and success in Hip Hop has solidified his self-proclaimed ‘boss’ status. And now what better way to reward fans and followers by bringing his discography “full circle” on this landmark release.
Rozay sat down with Semtex to discuss all things Hip Hop – from the death of XXXtentacion and the lessons we can heed from it to the storied tension between Drake and MMG artist Meek Mill. When it comes to the latter, there’s no doubt Ross would have made some contribution towards resolving the issue behind the scenes and when asked how the situation was dealt with, he stated “I believe that the competitive spirit is a part of the Hip Hop game – let’s leave (the beef) on the playing field and as long as they agree with that let’s move forward. If it was anything more I wouldn’t support it. Usually, when I speak they (both) show me love and respect that word.”
Compelling conflicts aside, everybody had come in anticipation of quality new music… and Rozay did not disappoint. There are usually two guarantees that come with a Rock Ross album: luxurious instrumentals and a star-studded feature list. Check and check! Rozay previewed four songs with features from Cardi B, Bryson Tiller, Jasmine Sullivan, 21 Savage and Meek Mill. The collaboration with Meek, in particular, sounded like yet another classic duo record with both emcees laying down verses over A Biggie Smalls’ ‘What’s Beef?’ sample.
New music wasn’t the only thing we were treated to on this night. There was a little sprinkle of southern hospitality too! In true party host fashion Ross also ensured there was food to go round with Krispy Kreme doughnuts, Mac and Cheese and Chicken and Waffles all on the menu and topped off with a complimentary free bar. Something tells me the bill wasn’t an issue at all!
Still, no date has been confirmed by Rick Ross but what is clear is that we are on the brink of Port of Miami 2: Born to Kill. Stay locked!!