Rick Ross is a man of simple pleasures. He likes a fast car, a well-rolled blunt, and the clean look of his own freshly mown lawn. “This is something I look forward to,” says Ross, wearing a large white cowboy hat and a shiny chain as he sits between two large bottles of champagne. “I have my windows tinted. No one knows it’s Ricky Rozay, the biggest boss. The alternating current went down to 68 degrees, and I cut. I’m looking for anything on the lawn that stands out or looks obnoxious.
Ross bought an industrial-sized John Deere lawn tractor last year to help clean up 280 acres surrounding his estate just north of Atlanta – a property so large he leased it to serve as Zamunda’s fictional palace. in Coming 2 America. Mowing the lawn is a full-day commitment, taking six to eight hours each time (and saving it about seven figures in lawn maintenance costs).
Most of the time, Ross stays busy with other activities worthy of a rap mogul, whether it’s making a new album. Richer than I’ve ever been write the new book The Perfect Day to Work: A Scammer’s Guide to Building Your Empire, or do your due diligence as a Wingstop franchise owner by helping the chain promote its Thighstop campaign earlier this summer. He views his lawn mowing shifts as a meditative break from his daily grind. “When I’m in a tractor, I’m sitting seven feet in the sky, surrounded by nothing but peace: trees, deer, males,” he says. “I think of my children, of my investments, of my next hits on records. Every hundred yards I see something that I had never noticed before. I smoke the best cannabis. It is a beautiful event.
Mowing the lawn is part of Ross’ greatest philosophy to be active in every part of his empire and to have fun every day. “To me, that defines a boss, staying active,” he says. “Let’s do it. But cutting the grass is just as fun for me as riding an ATV. And I have a fucking warehouse full of ATVs. So you can only imagine how much I love to ATV. , play with my dogs or give apples to my horses.
Ross likes the cowboy aesthetic he adopted to take care of his range. When asked for advice on how to wear a cowboy hat, he confidently replied, “When you get out of bed and put your feet on the towel, you just have to tell yourself that you are. the biggest fucking boss. You can put on the ugliest hat you want and still look beautiful, because I’m a beautiful motherfucker.
Mowing the grass turned out to be one of Ross’s first jobs as a youngster in Carol City, Florida, a memory he often reflects on as he tends his own gigantic garden. “In my black community, you used to make paper if you had a successful landscaping business,” he says. “I knocked on your mother’s door and told her if she had $ 5 I would cut the grass in the front, but not in the back, because I was afraid of snakes. If I had to cut every yard of the block to put money in my pocket, I would agree. I’m still the same guy. That’s why I always do it.
Although mowing the lawn is more of a hobby than a job for Ross, he remains committed to quality, cutting the grass with neat angles and patterns. “I want my shit to look like a golf course,” he says. “When I find a good pattern, I cut it that way four or five times in a row. I just want to try different things, because as you grow up you cut the grass across. Here I have spots that go up and down along the hills, and I love what it looks like when you ride up and down the hill. When the furrow runs along the hill, it’s a beautiful situation. When I do that it’s like, ‘Damn, you couldn’t even pay for this.’ “
At the time of our Zoom call, Ross had not yet named his tractor. One fan online suggested “Morning Glory,” recalling a phrase he often says during Instagram Live sessions. “NS !Ross shouts, satisfied. “You need to contact this fan so that I can request permission to name my tractor Morning Glory. Genius. “