It's official -- Rick Ross needs a Thursday Night Mowing League shirt! OutKick writer Meg Turner sent over an Instagram link where the rapper and entrepreneur explains how he jumps on a John Deere tractor and cuts the grass on his massive estate.
"Never too big to hustle, never too big for any job," Ross, 45, says as he crosses his property enjoying himself on a glorious mowing day. It's not just any property, it's the 235-acre estate that once belonged to Evander Holyfield. That's right, Rick Ross -- along with some of his friends -- are maintaining the grounds and Rick loves it. This isn't some sort of marketing ploy from Rick. This is pure passion for the craft.
"When I bought the Fayetteville estate, locals would see me walk out of a restaurant and scream, “You know Holyfield spent $1m a year to cut the grass”. So I decided that I was gonna cut my own grass. And that’s what I did," Ross told Forbes.
As for that beautiful John Deere tractor that Rick rides around on. He told a local dealer to sell him the most efficient mower he could buy. "I told them I had 200-plus acres that I wanted to keep cut, and they pointed out the right tractor. I bought it right then and there. I bought the extended attachment on the back that would cut even wider. Once I got it back home, I filled it up with gas."
How'd that first night go?
"I may have sat in the same spot for two hours before I got everything working, but once I got it going, I didn’t stop. I cut grass for about five hours," he said.
In the Forbes interview, Ross explains what it is about mowing that he loves. "When I get in the tractor, it's a whole other level of peace, a whole other level of connecting with the estate and the animals and the birds and the wildlife," he added.
This isn't much different than what many TNML members tell me about their experiences. The phone isn't going off, the computer isn't pumping blinking images in your face, texting buddies can wait and you're connected with the earth.
Rick even likes to roll up a blunt, sit in the tinted air-conditioned cab, and listen to music as he crisscrosses the land.
"I look at the property and can appreciate my struggles and my triumphs, those rough days. It's the smallest thing, but it keeps a smile on my face. So, you know, for anybody who doesn't cut their own grass, I would say take time out every two or three months to cut your grass because it is such a great and peaceful sensation."
And with that, the OutKick marketing team should know what to do. Rick needs a shirt, bad.