Rick Ross is an American rapper. In 2009, Rick Ross founded the record label Maybach Music Group, on which he released his studio albums Deeper Than Rap (2009), Teflon Don (2010), God Forgives, I Don’t (2012), Mastermind and Hood Billionaire (2014). Ross was also the first artist signed to Diddy’s management company Ciroc Entertainment. In early 2012, MTV named Ross as the Hottest MC in the Game.
William Leonard Roberts II was born in Coahoma County, Mississippi, and raised in Carol City, Florida. After graduating from Miami Carol City Senior High School, he later attended the historically black college Albany State University on a football scholarship. Ross worked as a correctional officer for 18 months between December 1995 until his resignation in June 1997.
In his early years at Suave House Records, Ross initially made his debut under the pseudonym Teflon Da Don. He made his recording debut on the song « Ain’t Shhh to Discuss » on Erick Sermon’s lone album for DreamWorks, Def Squad Presents Erick Onasis. In the mid-2000s, he later changed his name to Rick Ross. He derived his stage name from the former drug kingpin « Freeway » Rick Ross, to whom he has no connection.
After being signed to Suave House Records, former label for rap duo 8Ball & MJG, he eventually signed a deal with Slip-n-Slide Records, which has been under the Def Jam umbrella since 2006. While signed to Slip-n-Slide, Ross toured with fellow rapper Trick Daddy and made guest performances on other Slip-n-Slide albums.
Rick Ross released his sixth studio album, Mastermind, in March 2014, the album received generally positive reviews from critics and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart with first week sales of 179,000 copies. As of April 8, 2014, the album has sold over 290,000 copies in the United States. In June 2014, it was announced that Ross would make a guest appearance on the docu-series Sisterhood of Hip Hop. In October 2014, Ross announced he is releasing another album, Hood Billionaire, with features from Jay-Z and R. Kelly among others.
Rick Ross revealed cover art for Hood Billionaire in October 2014 and announced the release date to be set for November 24, 2014.
Featurings don’t stop there, as Ross seems to be on the rise. Eager to show more and to revisit the rap codes, he accepts offers from artists such as Kwesta for proposing a different path. Instead of shouting out loud the issues of his generation thus, he helps others explore more sensible topics. In « I Came I Saw » for example, he contributes to expose how Afro-American people condition has evolved.
But he also gets more violent in his words and in the images used for producing his music videos, as in « Port of Miami 2 », featuring Gunplay.
That surely has to deal with a personal matter. As in 2015, Rick Ross is arrested for kidnapping and assault charges, he is sentenced to house arrest in Georgia.
Announcing a new studio album for a December 2015 release, he makes use of a mixtape produced in 2014 for promotion. Titled « Black Market », that new album is the last step of Ross’ contract with Dej Jam.
Signing finally a solo deal with Epic Records in January 2016, he gets back to his old team (mainly L.A. Reid).
More active in 2016, he creates the Suicide Squad album including « Purple Lamborghini ». « Supra Cindy », « Freaky Hoe » and songs like « Make It Work » are also to be counted among his creative expression within that time range.
Finally, with his remix of « Famous », he remains quite productive in 2017.
That trend keeps him going: a collaborative work with T-Pain and Kodak Black titled « Florida Boy » is released then on February 2, 2018. Not only that artwork is a single that happens to turn into a decent hit on its own, it also become the opening title for an album slated for a 2018 release.
In 2020, a pending award might finally give the artist a fair recognition for his song « Gold Roses« . Let’s keep eyes wide opened : to be continued!