Rick Ross, the founder of Maybach Music Group, is a rapper and businessman who understands the worth of a dollar and does not waste his money.
Ross defended his decision not to engage a contractor to take down some trees on his property in an Instagram story he shared over the weekend. According to Complex, when the rapper received an estimate to take down ten trees, he balked at the $1,000 per tree price and chose to do it himself.
“I’m up early this morning. And I just got my estimate. I got like 10 trees I want to cut down. They say, ‘Them big trees, them big oak trees, Rozay.’ I said, ‘I don’t care. I want to them cut down. Them f**king up the vibe right there.’ N***a told me $1,000 a tree for 10 trees; that’s $10,000,” the rapper said, adding that he needed to make room for his animals.
Ross said he decided to ask a friend to go to Home Depot and get a chain saw so he could do the job himself. Ross was dressed in a straw cowboy hat, a long-sleeved shirt, black jeans, and white sneakers, and he was carrying a chainsaw.
“I just told my homie, ‘You go to Home Depot and you go get me the biggest m********kin’ saw there is with a big chain, and you crank that m********ker. Imma cut the trees down.’ You heard me? The thing about business, I’m hands-on, so Imma handle my own. … Hold on, I need someone to hit Kanye and tell Kanye I need some of them boots, I’m going to cut the tree down. I need some boots. Yeezy! I need them boots, baby!”
Ross kept his word and shared a video of him felling one of his oak trees.
“Instead of me paying $10,000 to an outsider, went to Home Depot and bought two new saws for $2,000,” he said in his story. “Was really only $5,000 worth of work. You take the $5,000, give that to your homies. … You still got $3,000 for ya pockets. Come on, man, you could go get Wing Stop, man.”
The rapper rides commercial flights, enjoys antiquing, and takes great satisfaction intending the grass on his vast estate, which saves him a million dollars in maintenance costs, according to Blavity.
“When I bought the Fayetteville estate, locals would see me walk out of a restaurant and scream, ‘You know Holyfield spent $1 million a year to cut the grass.’ So I decided that I was gonna cut my own grass. And that’s what I did,” Ross said in an interview with Forbes.
“I went down to John Deere and asked to see the biggest tractor, the most efficient tractor. I told them I had 200-plus acres that I wanted to keep cut, and they pointed out the right tractor,” he added.