MIAMI, FL –Rick Ross made his Tiny Desk (Home) concert debut for NPR on Tuesday (February 17), but his backup singer Elijah Blake ended up stealing the show for reasons he probably isn’t too proud of.
The talented singer-songwriter became the subject of many jokes and memes throughout the day as his name and pink-dyed hair were thrust back into the mainstream conversation. Blake provided shaky vocals on Ross classics such as “Aston Martin Music” and “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast).”
Blake heard the chatter and reacted with a series of excuses for his poor performance on Twitter.
“I’m not even gon lie lol was fresh off a flight into 1 rehearsal then boom,” he wrote. “Definitely not my best but I wanted to be there for my bro.”
I’m not even gon lie lol was fresh off a flight into 1 rehearsal then boom! Definitely not my best but I wanted to be there for my bro 🤞🏽
It’s a shame Ross’ special Tiny Desk performance has been overshadowed by Blake’s troubled croon, but maybe the social media criticism brings in more viewership to the experience. Blake’s last album arrived in late 2019 with the cheerful Holiday Love, which released via Rkeytek Music.
Check out some of the reactions to Blake’s vocals below.
This dude with the red hair singing background for Ross on NPR is ruining my night.