In 2006, Rick Ross burst onto the hip-hop scene when he dropped “Hustlin’,” the unavoidable anthem that served as the soundtrack for virtually every pregame high school basketball lay-up line in the United States at the time.
Unlike many rappers who rose to prominence during that era before quickly falling off the map, Ross was able to sustain his success on the back of the drug-dealing fantasies and braggadocio that serve as the foundation for the artist known for his signature “UGHs” and the “M-M-M-M-M-M-M-Maybach Music” tag.
The man born as “William Leonard Roberts II” is still making music to this day, but he’s also kicked off a somewhat unexpected second act by turning his 235-acre estate outside of Atlanta into a functioning farm he’s dubbed the “Promised Land Zoo” while reaping the tax benefits that come with that pivot.
Ross has assembled a fairly sizeable menagerie that currently includes a cow, four horses, and a couple of buffalo he welcomed to their new home in Fayetteville last year.
However, not everyone is happy about those fairly recent additions to the area.
Earlier this week, Ross drew the ire of one of his neighbors after his buffaloes (as well as some other bovines) made their way to an adjoining property to graze, which resulted in the woman in question threatening to file a civil complaint after police informed her the intrusion wasn’t a criminal matter.
According to Complex, Ross addressed the fallout of that development in an Instagram Story where he had this to say:
“Everybody that’s wanting a statement and a response for my bulls, my cows, a couple of buffaloes that got away in the community, this is my response. I always return stray animals. Make sure you always keep a collar on your animal. And mine don’t have a collar ’cause you know it’s mine.
“So when you see my buffalo, give it a carrot. Give it an apple. They’re so kind, they’re so peaceful. Thank everybody for watching. Thank everybody for making sure all of my animals got back into the Promise Land.”
I for one cannot wait for the next update in the Rick Ross Buffalo Saga.