Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Wale and the MMG held a concert Friday night at the Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit hosted by Deelishis. The Detroit News called the show “an unorganized mess”.
A dozen unadvertised local openers hit the stage, set up at about what would have been the building’s 40 yard line and flanked by small, cheap video screens on either side, prior to Ross’ Maybach Music Group labelmates Wale and Meek Mill. Wale and Meek Mill each performed brief sets — Wale’s was eight minutes, Mill’s was shorter — before joining Ross for a roundabout MMG headlining set.
(A rider for the evening showed Meek Mill was scheduled to do a 30-minute set, followed by a 40-minute set by Wale and a 50-minute set by Ross, as opposed to the mashup the set became.)
When Wale finally hit the stage at around 11:20 p.m., it was after nearly an hour of inactivity on stage.
Deelishis introduced Wale at 10:52 p.m., though it would be another half-hour before he emerged from his tour bus. Around 11:15 p.m., members of the audience, who numbered around 3,000-4,000, began to boo.
Ross came out just after 11:30 p.m., rapping his part from last year’s “John,” itself a redo of his previous year’s “I’m Not a Star.” But Ross is a star, and he’s currently one of rap’s top MCs, and even amid the general chaos of the night his starpower was still felt throughout the building. Or maybe it was just a relief he actually decided to show up.
Ross traded stage time with Mill and Wale, as each filed through their catalogs, sometimes joining each other on songs, as the considerable bass rattled off the concrete in the building. Then, at around 10 after midnight, the venue’s houselights came up out of nowhere, leading many to flee for the exits. The houselights stayed on while Ross and his crew kept going, shutting off after about 10 minutes. (No explanation was given, and only scattered crowds remained after the lights were turned back off.) Ross was doing drive-bys on his own songs — he did less than one verse of “B.M.F.”