Rick Ross (rapper)

Rick Ross (rapper)

Infobox Musical artist

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Name = Rick Ross
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = William Leonard Roberts II [http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2008/0728081rickross18.html Birth certificate] of William Roberts (Rick Ross) as re-printed on "The Smoking Gun"]
Alias =
Born = birth date and age|1976|1|28 Coahoma County, Mississippi
Origin = Miami, Florida
Instrument =
Genre = Southern Rap, Gangsta rap
Occupation = Rapper
Years_active = 2002-present
Label = Suave House, Slip-n-Slide, Def Jam, Poe Boy
Associated_acts = DJ Khaled, Birdman, Flo Rida, Brisco, Lil Wayne, Trick Daddy, Trina, Plies, Ace Hood, Fat Joe, Young Jeezy, T.I.
URL = [http://rickross.defjam.com/ rickross.defjam.com]
Notable_instruments =

William Leonard Roberts II (born January 28, 1976), better known by his stage name Rick Ross (seen on album covers as Rick Ro$$), is an African American rapper. His stage name is derived from the name of drug trafficker Freeway Ricky Ross, to whom he has no connection. Ross is signed with Slip-n-Slide Records, which as of 2008 is distributed under Def Jam Recordings.

Early life

Rick Ross was born in Coahoma County, Mississippi and raised in Carol City, Florida, a lower-class neighborhood of Miami. After graduating from Carol City Senior High School, he later attended the historically black Albany State University in Albany, Georgia on a football scholarship. [cite web|last=Handelsman|first=Jason|title=Rick Ross Spins a New One|url=http://miaminewtimes.com/2008-01-10/music/rick-ross-spins-a-new-one/full|work=Miami New Times|date=2008-01-10|accessdate=2008-05-24] [cite web|last=Hoard|first=Christian|title=A Primer on Rick Ross, Miami's Latest Hip-Hop Phenom|url=http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/10464338/a_primer_on_rick_ross_miamis_latest_hiphop_phenom|work=Rolling Stone|date=2006-06-01|accessdate=2008-07-07]

Rick Ross joined Suave House Records, former label for rap duo 8Ball & MJG. He eventually signed a multi-million-dollar 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 rap albums.cite web|last=Cordor|first=Cyril|title=Rick Ross > Biography|url=http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:3zftxqtsldhe~T1|work=Allmusic|date=2008-02-19]

Despite Ross' denials, he indeed was a corrections officer from 1995 - 1997, as proven by a statement released from the prison.

"Port of Miami" (2006)

His debut album "Port of Miami", was released in August 2006 and debuted at the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart with sales at 187,000 units its first week out. [cite news|last=Harris|first=Chris|title=Rick Ross Sails Past Breaking Benjamin, Takes Port Of Miami To #1|url=http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1538669/20060816/ross__rick__rap_.jhtml|work=MTV News|date=2006-08-16|accessdate=2008-05-24] [cite web|title=Port of Miami - Charts & Awards|url=http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:ioge4j578waq~T31 |work=Allmusic|date=2006] The second single was "Push It", which samples "Scarface (Push It to the Limit)", the theme song off the gangster film "Scarface". [cite news|last=Moss|first=Corey|title=Rick Ross Ready to 'Blow' Up When He Docks At Port Of Miami In August|url=http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1536628/20060718/ross__rick__rap_.jhtml|publisher=MTV News|date=2006-07-18|accessdate=2008-05-24] The music video for "Push It" was also modeled after the film. [cite news|last=Reid|first=Shaheem|title=A Newcomer 10 Years In The Making: Rick Ross Gets Help From Jay-Z, Akon On First LP|url=http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1537187/20060726/ross__rick__rap_.jhtml|publisher=MTV News|date=2006-07-26|accessdate=2008-05-24]

"Trilla" (2008)

In March 2008, his second album "Trilla" was released and, as its predecessor "Port of Miami" had, debuted at the top of the Billboard 200. [cite news|last=Reid|first=Shaheem|title=Rick Ross On #1 Trilla Beating Out Snoop, Fat Joe: 'I Told Them We Bossin' Up'|url=http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1583694/20080319/ross__rick__rap_.jhtml|publisher=MTV News|date=2008-03-19|accessdate=2008-05-24] Its lead single "Speedin'" featuring R. Kelly peaked at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100; the next one, "The Boss" featuring T-Pain peaked at #17 on the Hot 100. The third single "Here I Am" featured Nelly and Avery Storm.cite news|last=Reid|first=Shaheem|title=Rick Ross Talks About Tiger Attack -- Seriously! -- On The Set Of His 'Here I Am' Video|url=http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1587800/20080520/ross__rick__rap_.jhtml|publisher=MTV News|date=2008-05-20|accessdate=2008-05-24 MTV News ranked Ross on the fourth spot in its 2008 "Hottest MCs In The Game" List among ten rappers. [cite web|title='Hottest MCs In The Game': Rick Ross Bosses Up To #4|url=http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1587657/20080516/ross__rick__rap_.jhtml|work=MTV News|date=2008-05-16|accessdate=2008-07-07] The fourth Single "This Is The Life" featured Trey Songz and was released in July. His next album is to be titled "Deeper Than Rap".

2008 arrest and controversy

Ross was arrested by Miami police in January 2008 and charged with a felony for carrying a concealed weapon and with a misdemeanor drug possession charge. [cite web|url=http://www.thesmokinggun.com/mugshots/rickrossmug1.html|title=TSG Mug Shot: Rick Ross|format=HTML|publisher="The Smoking Gun"|accessdate=2008-09-03]

In late June 2008, rumors that Ross was engaged with rapper Foxy Brown began to circulate; a photo of Foxy Brown and Ross together is on the cover of a June 2008 issue of "Hip Hop Weekly" magazine. Ross responded that he was currently not engaged to anyone. [cite news|last=Reid|first=Shaheem|title=Rick Ross Denies Foxy Brown Engagement Rumors: 'I'm Married To The Money'|url=http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1590049/20080626/ross__rick__rap_.jhtml|publisher=MTV News|date=2008-06-26|accessdate=2008-08-05

"The Smoking Gun", in July 2008, produced details linking Ross' social security number to a two-year stint as a correctional officer in a Florida prison facility, along with a photograph purporting to be Ross in his correctional officer uniform. [cite news|last=Kuperstein|first=Slava|title=Rick Ross Exposed By TheSmokingGun.com|url=http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.7356/title.rick-ross-exposed-by-thesmokinggun-com|work=HipHopDX.com|date=2008-07-21] Ross stated that the photograph was not of him. [cite news|last=Reid|first=Shaheem|title=Rick Ross Reaffirms Gangster Past In New Freestyle, Despite Report That He Worked As Prison Guard|url=http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1591284/20080722/ross__rick__rap_.jhtml|publisher=MTV News|date=2008-07-22|accessdate=2008-08-05

In August of 2008, YouTube entertainer DJ Vlad filed a 4 million dollar lawsuit against Rick Ross for assault. Vlad claimed Ross organized an ambush on Vlad at the 2008 Ozone Awards in Houston, Texas that left Vlad with multiple scrapes and a bruised knee. Footage of the attack was caught by bystanders and audience members at the Award show which has surfaced on the internet. [cite news|last=Kaufman|first=Gil|title=DJ Vlad Files $4 Million Lawsuit Against Rick Ross Over Alleged Ozone Awards Beatdown|url=http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1592890/20080815/ross__rick__rap_.jhtml|publisher=MTV News|date=2008-08-15]


*2006: "Port of Miami"
*2008: "Trilla"
*2009: "Deeper Than Rap"


*2008: "M.I. Yayo" - M.I. Yayo is described as "A groundbreaking documentary about the real Miami" and "Is told in a manner stylistically similar to televisions Gangland and the film Cocaine Cowboys".


*BET Awards
**2008, Best Collaboration ("I'm So Hood [Remix] ") with DJ Khaled, Young Jeezy, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Big Boi, Lil Wayne, Fat Joe, & Birdman [Nominated]

*BET Hip-Hop Awards
**2008, Best Hip-Hop Video ("I'm So Hood [Remix] ") with DJ Khaled, Young Jeezy, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Big Boi, Lil Wayne, Fat Joe, & Birdman [Nominated]
**2008, Best Hip-Hop Collabo ("I'm So Hood [Remix] ") with DJ Khaled, Young Jeezy, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Big Boi, Lil Wayne, Fat Joe, & Birdman [Nominated]
**2008, People's Champ Award ("Here I Am") with Nelly & Avery Storm [Nominated]
**2007, People's Choice Award ("We Takin' Over") with DJ Khaled, Akon, T.I., Fat Joe, Birdman, & Lil Wayne [Nominated]
**2007, Best Hip-Hop Collabo ("We Takin' Over") with DJ Khaled, Akon, T.I., Fat Joe, Birdman, & Lil Wayne [Nominated]
**2006, Viewer's Choice Award ("Hustlin'") [Nominated]
**2006, Rookie of the Year [Nominated]

*Ozone Awards
**2008, Best Rap Album ("Trilla") [Won]
**2008, Best Rap Artist [Nominated]


External links

* [http://rickross.defjam.com Rick Ross Official Def Jam Website]
*imdb name |id=2235445 |name=Rick Ross
*MySpace|rickross|Rick Ross
*YouTube channel|RickRossTV|Rick Ross'

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