The global music landscape has been invigorated by the electrifying wave of Nigerian music, propelled by its hit records, sensational style, and larger-than-life superstars. Adding to this phenomenon is the recent revelation of American rapper Rick Ross, who has openly expressed his deep admiration and interest in the Nigerian music sensation, Ayra Starr.
In a captivating Instagram video that quickly garnered attention, Rick Ross couldn’t contain his praise for Ayra Starr, lauding her beauty, immense talent, and undeniable star quality. The rapper went on to propose a heartfelt toast to her success, expressing his desire to celebrate her upon his visit to Nigeria. The video ignited a flurry of reactions online, with fans playfully speculating on the potential dynamics of a relationship between the two talented artists.
However, it is worth noting that Rick Ross’s connection to the vibrant world of Afrobeats predates Ayra Starr’s rise to stardom. The rapper had previously collaborated with the Afrobeats legends, P-Square, on the remix of their chart-topping 2011 hit single, ‘Beautiful Oyinye,’ which further solidified his affinity for the genre.
Rick Ross’s admiration for Nigerian music extended beyond collaborations and transcended geographical boundaries. In 2012, he made a highly anticipated visit to Nigeria, headlining a momentous show that left an indelible mark on the music scene. During his stay, he even shot a music video for his popular track, ‘Hold Me Back,’ beautifully capturing the essence and vibrancy of Lagos.
Continuing his engagement with Nigerian talent, Rick Ross teamed up with the acclaimed artist, Adekunle Gold, for a memorable remix of the hit song ‘5 Star,’ showcasing his versatility and appreciation for the rich tapestry of Nigerian music.
Rick Ross’s love affair with Nigeria persisted into 2022 when he once again graced Lagos with his presence, delivering a captivating performance at a highly anticipated event. His unwavering support and interest in the Nigerian music industry further solidify the country’s position as a global powerhouse of musical artistry.
As the music world eagerly awaits the potential collaboration between Rick Ross and Ayra Starr, the collective excitement serves as a testament to the immense talent and global impact of Nigerian music. The fusion of these two dynamic forces promises to captivate audiences and push the boundaries of creativity, fostering a harmonious blend of international musical influences.