Rapper Rick Ross took over the city of Atlanta to merge the likings of hip-hop and classical music to perform with the all-Black symphony, Orchestra Noir, for the U.S. debut of Red Bull’s Symphonic, on Friday (Nov. 4).
Taking over the sold-out, standing-room-only event at Atlanta Symphony Hall, the multi-platinum artist captured the audience's attention with an hour-long set of 26 of his greatest hits and made sure to pay tribute to Migos rapper TakeOff, who was tragically shot and killed in Houston on Nov. 1.
“It’s only right that we give a moment of silence for TakeOff. [A] young legend gone too soon. We pray for his family. Streets going to stay schemin’ on this one,” Ross said as the orchestra seamlessly transitioned into his popular single “Stay Schemin’.”
With the help of Maestro Jason Ikeem Rodgers and Orchestra Noir, as well as DJ Sam Sneak, Ross dipped into his renowned catalog to perform his tracks including “Aston Martin Music,” “Devil is a Lie,” I’m a Boss,” “Hustlin,” “Diced Pineapples,” “Bag of Money,” “FUCKWITHMEYOUKNOWIGOTIT,” “Hustlin,” “Hustle Hard (Remix),” “BMF,” “Pop That,” and more.
The acclaimed ensemble Sainted Trap Choir literally and figuratively blessed the crowd with a set of hip-hop covers like Soulja Boy’s “Pretty Boy Swag,” Waka Flocka Flame’s “O Let’s Do It,” and Meek Mill’s “Dreams and Nightmares.
In addition to Ross’ headlining appearance, award-winning Parisian violinist Mapy took the stage to perform a medley of hits including Rihanna’s “Rude Boy,” and Usher’s “Rude Boy.”
Closing out the set, Ross brought the crowd to their feet with a soulful version of “God Did,” with the soothing vocal support of the Sainted Trap Choir and violinist Mapy.