Kings fan and top-selling recording artist Rick Ross dishes on his support for the team and appreciation for fellow fans of the purple and black.
Following Sacramento’s 131-127 victory over Golden State on Wednesday, Kings.com caught up with Grammy-nominated rapper and Kings fan Rick Ross.
Ross – who was presented with a personalized No. 28 jersey at the game – high-fived and congratulated numerous Kings players near his courtside seat after the hard-fought win, revealing he plans to attend additional upcoming contests at Sleep Train Arena.
How much did you enjoy watching the Kings defeat the Warriors?
“It was wonderful. It was really exciting. The Warriors are doing their thing right now, but it just goes to show you how much potential the Kings (have). I think the season’s going to end up real bright.”
How did you first become a Kings fan?
“Going back to my (Vlade) Divac days and my (Mike) Bibby days, just over the years, they came to be one of my favorite clubs.
“I was just in L.A. for the early screening of ‘Django Unchained’ – on which I have a record on the soundtrack which possibly could be Academy Award nominated – and I knew (the Kings) had a game here so I came through. It’s all love.”
Who are some of your favorite current players?
“I love Cousins – he’s one of my favorites. Thomas is one of my favorites … It’s just a lot of potential.”
Since sharing your support for the team online, how much have you enjoyed the outreach from Kings fans on social media?
“I love the Kings fans!
“We just came through here on the (Maybach Music Group) Tour maybe two weeks ago. We performed in this same arena and it was a sold-out night. This is one of my strongest markets as an artist and they’ve been supporting me forever, so it only makes sense to be in the vicinity and come out and support the Kings.”
What kind of message would you like to share with Kings fans?
“You already know – we’re Kings fans, we’re at the top of the charts! This program is only going to get better. I watched it with the Miami Heat, and I want to be here for the ride when the Kings go to the big one.”
– Ross says he’s honored his fifth studio release, “God Forgives, I Don’t,” received a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album, his first nod as a solo artist.
“It just means the world,” he said. “Just to see your work acknowledged by your peers, the feeling is priceless.”
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