News: Rick Ross Reveals Who Hooked Him Onto Wingstop

Friday, Mar 7, 2014 2:15PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Maybach Music Group leader Rick Ross recently talked about his Memphis Wingstop fastfood restaruant and what key person is most responsible for getting him into the chicken biz.

Appearing on "Arsenio" last night (March 6), Ricky Rozay credited his barber for sparking his poultry venture.

Rick Ross isn't just the boss in hip hop -- he's stacking up tons of cash in the chicken biz too ... and it sounds like he's planning a wing takeover. Rick talked fowl with Arsenio Hall last night ... enlightening the host on how his barber got him hooked on Wingstop chicken -- and reveals lemon pepper was his chosen poison. Rick says he instantly knew ... "That's not your regular colored chicken" -- which is why he now OWNS a bunch of franchises. How dedicated is the Maybach Music boss to Wingstop? Back in 2011 ... we got a shot of him outside a Memphis branch ... hours after he'd suffered 2 seizures! (TMZ)

No stranger to food, Ross previously discussed his love for lobster bisque.

"There's a steakhouse in Miami called Prime One Twelve. I order three entrées that I know I'm not gonna finish, and save the lobster bisque for the following morning," Ross said in an interview. "[Benefits of having a private chef?] It's a 24-hour menu. You can get something light. You can get something heavy. I love Italian, but I may wake up in the middle of the day and want some tacos. [What do I cook?] I got one thing: I take the aluminum foil and I put a nice piece of tilapia on it, season it good, then put a bundle of broccoli and two or three slices of cheese over it. I fold it up and sit it on the grill." (Bon Appetit)

The "Boss" also previously delved into his Memphis Wingstop restaurant and packing his music with food mentions.

"I love it. I put it in one of my songs: "She's thinking Philippe [restaurant] / I'm thinking Wingstop." I know she wants fancy wine and all that, but boy, I'll get you a nice lemonade to go with those lemon-pepper wings. ... I remember when I couldn't afford to eat like this. It was ramen noodles and the San Francisco Treat [Rice-A-Roni]. Dessert? Get you a honey bun and put a slice of cheese on it. Put it in the microwave for 45 seconds and you had the gift of a lifetime." (Bon Appetit)

The Miami rap star officially launched his Memphis Wingstop in 2011.

Although Rick Ross' Hickory Hill Wingstop restaurant won't celebrate its grand opening until October 15, it's officially open for business today. "It's time for us to make it happen in Memphis," he said in a written statement. "With Wingstop we are bringing in the food I like and adding jobs to the community. It's a double win." Ross first teamed up with Wingstop when he rapped about their wings on his song "MC Hammer." (Hickory Hill)

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