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Overview (4)

Born in Carol City, Florida, USA
Birth NameWilliam Leonard Roberts II
Nickname Da Boss
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

With eight #1 and #2 Soundscan original studio albums, and four Grammy Award® nominations under his belt since 2006, Rick Ross was a core artist on the Def Jam roster. His drawing power was established virtually overnight when, in an earlier digital era, his 2006 label debut, "Hustlin'" became the first mastertone ever certified RIAA platinum before the associated album had been released. That album was his classic debut, Port Of Miami (in tribute to his hometown), the first of four Rick Ross albums to debut at #1.

His long string of signature top-charted Rap and R&B hits went on to include "The Boss" featuring T-Pain (RIAA platinum); "Here I Am" featuring Nelly and Avery Storm (RIAA gold); "Aston Martin Music" featuring Drake and Chrisette Michele (RIAA gold); "You the Boss" featuring Nicki Minaj (RIAA gold); and "The Devil Is a Lie" featuring Jay-Z (RIAA gold).

Twice featured as a Rolling Stone magazine cover artist, the "hip-hop heavyweight," as the New York Times described him, was living up to his reputation as "the number one ghostwriter in the South," his stock and trade since the millennium began. Subsequent albums Trilla (2008) and Deeper Than Rap (2009) also debuted at #1 Soundscan, as did God Forgives, I Don't (2012), which included top hits "Touch'N You" featuring Usher, "So Sophisticated" featuring Meek Mill, and fan favorite "Diced Pineapples" featuring Drake and Wale.

Most recently, Rick Ross aka Ricky Rozay set a high-water mark when he released three consecutive full-length studio albums in less than two years, Hood Billionaire and Mastermind in 2014, and Black Market in 2015. The latter attracted guest appearances by an elite A-list of friends, among them John Legend, Cee-Lo Green, Nas, DJ Premier, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown, and Future.

Rick Ross is also the founder of the successful Maybach Music Group (MMG), which has released some 20 albums since he founded the label in 2009.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: The Chamber Group

Trade Mark (2)

Is often seen wearing sunglasses
His raspy voice

Trivia (16)

After hearing Ross' song "Hustlin'", rapper/Def Jam CEO Jay-Z signed him to a multi-million-dollar deal.
He has worked with DJs such as DJ Kroink, DJ 2Nen, DJ Smallz and DJ Ideal on mixtapes.
The title of his first album 'Port of Miami' is a reference to Florida's cocaine distribution business, which Ross was involved in before he reached fame.
When he was younger, Ross formed rap group The Carol City Cartel and began rapping in the mid 1990s.
He took his rap name from Los Angeles, California drug kingpin "Freeway" Rick Ross, who ran one of the largest crack-cocaine distribution networks in the United States of America during the 1980s and early 1990s.
He is signed to Slip-N-Slide Records, distributed under Def Jam Records.
His debut album is called 'Port of Miami' and was released on August 8th, 2006 (U.S.). Since its release, the album has reached platinum status.
Sampled the song "Push It to the Limit" from the classic film 'Scarface' for his single "Push It", which became a hit.
His musical inspirations are Ice Cube, The Notorious B.I.G. Trick Daddy and JT Money.
In August of 2007, he released an album titled 'Rise to Power', consisting of songs recorded before he signed with Def Jam. This album was released under Suave House, the record label which first discovered him.
He named his second studio album 'Trilla' - a play on Michael Jackson's album, 'Thriller'. At the end of its first week of release, 'Trilla' debuted at #1 on The Billboard 200, selling 198,956 copies. It is his second consecutive #1 album.
Once worked as a corrections officer.
Preparing to release his second studio album 'Trilla'. [September 2007]
Released his debut album, 'Port of Miami'. [August 2006]
Released sophomore album 'Trilla' on March 11th (US). [March 2008]
Friends with Ludacris, and Lil' Wayne.

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