You know that thing when rappers shout out the name of a seemingly completely unrelated public figure in the middle of a verse, making you ponder how it would be to walk in on Robin Williams lecturing Jay-Z about seizing the day in an empty English classroom or eavesdrop on the Lil Wayne-Bill Gates phone call wherein they discuss the finer points of exceeding baller status?
The Meek Mill-assisted Rick Ross track “Black Magic,“ one of several standouts on Maybach Music Group’s recent compilation effort Self Made Vol. 2, has a hook that rhymes: “Poof! There go the car/Poof! there go the crib/Poof! A hundred mil, David Copperfield/David Copperfield, David Copperfield.”
You know where this is headed.
Rick Ross was performing in Las Vegas last night, and revealed in the midst of his set that he had a special guest waiting in the wings: “This is a mother—-in’ icon. In his field, he the greatest that ever did it. So, I want you to drop the music at the same time. Drop the music, let’s go.”
And then, this happened:
Is this the most ridiculous two-man pairing the Strip has ever seen? Have The Boss and The Magician always been boys? Was that the biggest handshake fail ever (see 1:17)? With Swizz Beatz and Tyga visibly losing it in the background at the obvious hilarity and absurdity of the situation (see :49)– and Copperfield nervously bobbing and forcing a smile as he clearly counts down the seconds in his head until this painfully awkward moment ends (see :23) — how in the world does Ricky Rozay get through this entire rendition with a straight face?
We may never know. Nonetheless, Copperfield took to his Twitter afterwards to try and explain: “Working on my street cred. On stage last night with @TheRealSwizzz and @RickyRozay. Unreal. Poof!”
Read More on EW.com:
This week’s winners and losers: Rick Ross, Carly Rae Jepsen, and more!
Rick Ross, ‘God Forgives, I Don’t': The EW Review
Maybach Music Group and the return of the compilation album