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Soon after going to the hospital, Ross contacted Memphis officials to tell them he was still coming.

“He called a member of our staff and said not to believe what’s out there and that he’s on his way to perform at Memphis Madness,” Lamar Chance, a university athletics department spokesman, said Friday afternoon.

“He called us,” Pastner explained Friday evening. “We talked to him after the doctors cleared him. He said it was the altitude.”

A video on his Twitter page Friday night showed a relaxed Ross talking from an airplane seat on the second flight and promising to appear as scheduled in Memphis.

The Miami-based gangsta rapper gained fame with his husky voice and lyrics that spotlighted the grimier side of Miami life. He has become one of rap’s most popular figures in recent years.

Ross has a new album entitled “God Forgives, I Don’t,” due out in December. The hefty rapper’s hits include “Aston Martin Music,” “B.M.F. (Blowing Money Fast)” and “Hustlin’.”