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Watch Rick Ross and Kanye West perform 'Sanctified' on 'Arsenio'

Watch Rick Ross and Kanye West perform 'Sanctified' on 'Arsenio'
Rick Ross, seen here at his Aug. 14, 2013 concert, performed his song "Sanctified" with Kanye West and Big Sean on Thursday night on "The Arsenio Hall Show." (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

Give Rick Ross credit for playing to his strengths.

Though the Miami rapper's new album "Mastermind" is largely a disappointment -- a stale rehash of ideas he's served up far more convincingly elsewhere -- Ross wisely focused on the record's best song for his performance Thursday night on "The Arsenio Hall Show."

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And he didn't do "Sanctified" by himself, either, but brought out two of his A-list pals to the delight of Hall's audience: Kanye West and Big Sean, both of whom appear on the track on "Mastermind." (West also coproduced "Sanctified" with DJ Mustard.)

The result provided the kind of electricity that Ross once delivered with ease. So perhaps there's hope for his followup?

Have a look at the performance below.

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