One of the most successful rap artists of the 2010s, Rick Ross was also a magnet for controversy that faced numerous legal issues during his tenure in the industry, as well as contempt from some of hi...
Carol City, Florida, USA
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|The 21st Anniversary Soul Train Music Awards (2005-2006)||Performer||Music Performer||2005||8000008|
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|Made acting debut in the drama "Days of Wrath"|
|Formed rap group Triple C's or The Carol City Cartel; members also included Torch, Gunplay, and Young Breed|
|Sophmore album Trilla, a play on Michael Jackson's 1982 classic Thriller, debuted at No. 1|
|Worked as a corrections officer in Florida|
|Released fourth album Teflon Don; album debuted at No. 2|
|Began rapping under the stage name Willow, then Teflon; started ghostwriting lyrics for Miami rapper Trina|
|Released solo debut album Port of Miami; landed at No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart|
|Raised in Carol City, FL, a working-class neighborhood north of Miami|
|Third album, Deeper Than Rap|
|Voiced character of Big Uzi in Comedy Central's animated movie "Freaknik: The Musical"|
Born William Leonard Roberts, Jr. on Jan. 28, 1976 in Carol City, FL, he was the son of William Roberts., Sr. and his wife, Tommie, a registered nurse. Ross' father left the family while his son was in elementary school, and apparently maintained a distant relationship with Ross until his death from liver cancer in 1999. The sadness of his father's departure was echoed in other aspects of his childhood; though well provided for by his mother, Ross was overweight, which prevented him from participating in football. However, his size proved beneficial in high school, where he served as offensive lineman for his high school team, the Carol City Chiefs. Ross showed enough talent on the field to win a scholarship to Albany State College, but his grades faltered, and he was soon back in Miami. There, he fell back on hip-hop, which he had pursued as a hobby from his days in junior high. He frequented studios, hoping to prove his rap skills on various projects, while attempting to keep himself afloat financially despite mounting debt.
His persistency began to pay off in the mid-1990s through appearances on various mix tapes, which established his name among underground hip-hop listeners. During this period, Ross also flirted briefly with the drug trade, but was convinced to take another path after a high school friend was convicted on narcotics charges. Ironically, Ross was encouraged to go straight by the friend's father, Michael Delancy, who was a member of the Miami Boys, one of Florida's most notorious drug rings. For a period of about 18 months, Ross worked as a correctional officer for the South Florida Reception Center while cultivating an alternate history as a drug dealer for his music alter ego, "Rick Ross," which drew its inspiration from infamous cocaine dealer "Freeway" Ricky Ross.
After initially signing with the Houston, TX-based label Suave Records, Ross joined the roster at Slip-n-Slide, a Def Jam imprint based in Miami. He boosted his profile in Florida through tours with labelmate Trick Daddy while contributing to various Slip-n-Slide albums, but did not get around to recording solo material until 2006. However, his debut single, "Hustlin'," was a massive hit in June of that year, selling over a million ringtone units and paving the way for his first album, Port of Miami (2006), which arrived at the top of the Billboard 200 chart two months later. By November, the album, which outlined the mythology of Rick Ross as a former drug kingpin with ties to international criminals and stateside narcotics lords, had been certified gold. Its follow-up, Trilla, repeated the same album chart success two years later, though its arrival was accompanied by a firestorm of controversy regarding Ross' career as a corrections officer. The Smoking Gun web site published documents and a photograph linking Ross to his past, which the rapper vehemently denied before bending to pressure and admitting to his stint in that field. The incident came on the heels of several legal problems for Ross, including an arrest on gun and marijuana possession and a lawsuit from influential DJ-producer Vlad, who allegedly that Ross assaulted him at a Houston awards show after his video news site, VladTV.com, ran a story about Ross' history as a corrections officer. The case was eventually settled in 2010.
Ross addressed the issue on "Valley of Death," a track his third album, Deeper Than Rap (2009), on which he appeared to imply that while he had worked as a corrections officer, he had also maintained a second line of work as a drug dealer in order to support his two children. Though the controversy stayed fresh in the media, thanks to a well-publicized feud with fellow rapper 50 Cent, it failed to cast any negative light on the record, which became his third consecutive release to debut at the top of the albums chart. His tenure at the top of the rap game slipped slightly with his fourth album, Teflon Don (2010), which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 despite efforts from "Freeway" Ricky Ross to prevent its release with a $10 million copyright infringement lawsuit regarding the rapper's chosen moniker. The suit was subsequently thrown out of court weeks before the album's release.
Ross then reclaimed his reign as hip-hop's leading performer with his fifth album, God Forgives, I Don't (2012), which topped the pop, R&B/Hip-Hop and Rap charts upon its release in late July. Its arrival was again preceded by legal problems for Ross, who had been arrested for marijuana possession at a hotel in Shreveport, LA. However, his mounting troubles took a disconcerting turn in October of that year when it was reported that Ross had suffered two seizures in the same day, one of which had rendered him unconscious and in need of CPR. Medical issues, as well as Ross' notoriously prodigious marijuana intake, were later suggested as the cause of the seizures. Things went from bad to worse when in January 2013, Ross was targeted in a drive-by shooting in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The attack came on the heels of a threat the month prior from local gang the Black Disciples, who were reportedly upset over Ross' reference to gang leader Larry Hoover in his track "B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)."
By Paul Gaita
|In January 2009, Ross started a feud with fellow rapper 50 Cent because he reportedly looked at him the wrong way at the BET Awards. 50 Cent claimed he did not remember seeing Ross there.|
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